Despite a wet weekend in Southern California, it didn’t stop Hollywood’s top celebrity guests from coming out to the annual GBK gifting lounge, which honored the 2014 Academy Award Nominees and Presenters on Feb. 28th and March 1st, who were pampered and gifted by the event’s luxury lifestyle sponsors.
GBK, known for producing the most glamorous and luxurious lifestyle gift lounges, presented gifts from title sponsor, airweave, and other luxury sponsors and brands, including lavish destinations, fashion, jewelry and electronics.
As always, dozens of celebrities, including 4 Oscar nomineess and other VIPs attended. Special nominees included: Emily Bergl from Blue Jasmine, Kelly Scott from 12 Years a Slave, Amy Smart, Rachel Brosnahan, and Andrew Ludwig.
Top Sponsor airweave inc., is a leading manufacturer of premium bedding toppers and pillows. Used by luxury brand hotels, airweave was established in Japan in 2004, airweave inc. provides comfortable to-go solutions for traveling and more. With 90% of its core material being air, it can significantly raise the sleep performance of any mattress by simply laying it on top of your mattress. www.airweave.com
While guests enjoyed music from DJ Shy, the first female On-Air Mixer at 102.7 KIIS-FM, the perused the lounge and received a generous selection of gifts from participating brands.
The luxury gifts included a range of trend-setting and unique finds, fit for any celebrity, including:
Presenting Sponsor Tervis gifted personalized Tervis tumblers. Made in America, they keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold! Double-duty.
BLOW e-Hookah, a revolutionary electronic hookah, the world’s first smokeless, electronic hookah. They provide large sizes for nightclubs, and assorted individual flavored vapor e-cigs, plus so much more! www.blowhookah.com
Support Ur Pet gifted pet supplies. Their mission is to support pets through supporting their pawrents!
Jigabot AIMe gifted a cool automated camera controller that can compose a shot to keep you in frame. Good for unsteady hands!
Wine Me? gifted wine glasses, that are one-of-a-kind luxury creations, personally hand painted by artist Rebecca Suriano. Pair some divine with your wine!
Palace Resorts, who gifted a four day/three night getaway for two at the brand’s signature property, Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort.
Duck Commander Meals by Food Supply Dept, provided meal kits, pre-packaged for outdoor adventures, natural disaster food insurance and emergency food storage. You never know when you might need them!
Activz, a whole-food nutrition kale, wheat grass and coconut powders that quickly increase the nutrition value of any meal. An important addition for keeping your immune system healthy!
SOUL Electronics, gifting a variety of ultra-premium headphones
Relax 2 Yoga, gifting complimentary Yoga/Pilates training sessions
ABC Limo, gifting vouchers for complimentary airport transfers to LAX.
Beauty Items Featured at the Lounge:
Minerva Research Labs, who gifted Pure GOLD COLLAGEN®, a new generation liquid hydrolysed collagen supplement, specifically developed to offer a unique combination of collagen and suppliments for good absorption and bioavailability. This product is amazing and it works. www.ActiveGoldCollagen.com
Embellash Eyelash Conditioner, Brow Braun Eyebrow Conditioner, and Hands-Free Skin Brightener from
The Crave Collection; a selection of makeup from Brow Art 23, an eyebrow threading boutique who also offers a wide range of beauty and skincare services.
Obagi Skin Health Institute, who gifted $1000 gift certificates good towards laser hair removal.
Sleep-In Rollers, hair rollers that are designed to flatten like a sponge. Go to sleep in them, wake up with beautiful hair!
Éminence Organic Skin Care, a great line from Europe, gifted products from their popular VitaSkin™ Collection
City Cosmetics, an anti-aging skincare line gifting their City Lips, an award-winning advanced lip plumper
HD Brows, gifting their HD Brows Express treatment and demonstrating their Make Up by HD Brows collection. Best eyebrow pallets we’ve seen!
Cosmetic gifts from Very Pretty Skin.
On the Fashion Front, Guests Received Gifts From:
Sweet Bandz provided headbands that are comfortable and folds for easy carry. Also has interchangeable designs
Alto Collective displayed and gifted distinct luxury wood accessories such as Phone Cases, Minimal Wallet and Longboards
Fiamma Jewelry has the look of fine diamonds and is an exquisite collection of fashion and engagement jewelry.
Soul Rx, the lifestyle apparel brand inspired by the practice of yoga, a fav among the Hollywood crowd.
PISIDIA, a high end, eco-friendly silicone fashion handbag line
CamiWraps, a stylish attachable bra pocket with adjustable bands that that holds items like cell phones and money
Sugarbums gifted high-end lingerie.
Silk by Bryony gifted their beautiful scarves.
Gourmet Sweets and Treats Were Provided By:
Angie’s Boomchickapop Popcorn, certified gluten-free, whole grain, and ridiculously delicious Sea Salt Popcorn
Newman’s Own Wines, who was on site sampling and gifting four wines from the Newman’s Own line.
Peet’s Coffee & Tea, the premier specialty coffee and tea company in the United States
Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, owned by rock icon Sammy Hagar and made in Maui from the world’s best sugar cane and using a unique distilling process that produces the finest white rum made.
A selection of delicions snacks were provided by:
Matt’s Munchies, Awake Chocolate, Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory, Open Road Snacks, Perfect Foods Bar, SeaSnax
COMBOS® Baked Snacks; MARATHON Bars, Popchips, Brownie Brittle, Pasta Chips, Vita Coco, Coco Cafe, Monster Energy Drink.
In support of LA Kitchen, Tender Greens Event Catering provided meals. Tender Greens Event Catering brings their restaurants’ famed farm-to-fork sensibility and attentive service to special events.
Chipotle was also on site to serve to guests. Chipotle offers a focused menu made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients.
Sponsors featuring a charitable component included:
L.A. Kitchen is a nonprofit charity that reclaims healthy, local food that would otherwise be thrown away, and trains transitioning foster youth and older ex-convicts in culinary arts, to use this powerful pairing to empower, nourish, and engage the community.
In partnership with L.A. Kitchen board chair, internationally-recognized culinary innovator Jose Andres provided guests with $100 gift certificates to the future Las Vegas SLS Hotel & Casino, and Jose Andres gourmet specialty food products.
Dondolo, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides charitable services for impoverished communities worldwide, will be partnering up with Snira Corp, an emerging IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global businesses, ensuring a level of certainty. Guests will be gifted complimentary Galaxy Tablets, beach towels, totes and cause bracelets compliments of JB Dondolo, Inc. and Snira Corp.
HollyRod Foundation – Inspired by a father and a son, HollyRod Foundation was created in 1997 by actress, Holly Robinson Peete and her husband former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete. The HollyRod Foundation is dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease. The foundation also gifted $100 gift certificates to Flemings Steak House.
Known for the most lavish gifting lounges, GBK, (formerly GBK Productions), the luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company specializes in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions:
GBK Celebrity Gifting
GBK Special Events
GBK Charitable Consulting
GBK Marketing/Public Relations.
Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO), Carla Domen (VP) or GBK, please go to gbkproductions.com
Attending Talent Included:
Allison Holker – So You Think You Can Dance
Alanna Masterson – Walking Dead
Amy Smart – Just Friends/Justified
Andrew Ludwig – Hunger Games
Anthony Anderson – Guys w/Kids
Bailey Chase – A&E’s Longmire
Bianca Lawson – Teen Wolf
Bonnie Strudivant – Mud
BooBoo Stewart – X-Man
Caitlin Carmichael – The Wicked
Caity Lotz – CW’s Arrow
Cameron Monaghan – Shameless
Carly Steel – TV Host
Carnie Wilson – Musician
Charlotte Ross – NYPD Blue
Cheri Oteri – SNL
Chris Burdon – Sound Mixing/Captain Phillips
Christy Romano – Even Stevens
Danny Trejo – Machete
David Glasser – COO of The Weinstein Company
DJ Shy Hollywood DJ
Emily Bergl – Blue Jasmine
Erin Sanders – zoey 101
Garcelle Beauvais – Franklin & Bash
Gilles Marini – Two Broke Girls
Gracie Gold – Olympian
Holly Robinson Peete – Mike & Molly
J Alexander – Americas Top Model
Jackson Pace – Homeland
James DuMont – Dallas Buyers Club (Jared Leto’s Father)
Jesse Williams- Grey’s Anatomy
Jim O’Heir – Parks and Rec
Joe Morton – Scandal
John Sally – TV Host
Joyce Giraud – Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Katarina Cas – Wolf of Wall Street
Kelsey Scott – Twelve Years A Slave
Laura Bell Bundy – Anger Management/ Hart of Dixie
Lynde Greenwood – Sleepy Hollow
Mark Taylor – Sound Mixing/Captain Phillips
Michael Ohoven – Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Michael Wilkinson – Costume Design/American Hustle
Mozhan Marno – House of Lies
Oliver Tarney – Sound Mixing/Captain Phillips
Penny Marshall – Producer/Actress
Peyton List – Jessie
Rachel Brosnahan – Beautiful Creatures
Rob Steinberg – 12 Years a Slave
Rosci Diaz – Entertainment Tonight
Rose McIver – The Lovely Bones
Rusty Coones- Sons of Anarchy
Sadi Calvano – Mom on CBS
Shanola Hampton – Shameless
Sherri Saum – The Fosters
Sugar Ray Leonard – Boxer
Tamala Jones – Castle
Tim Matheson – Hart of Dixie
Tony Denison- The Closer
tWitch Boss – So You Think You Can Dance
Zoe Bell – Inglorious Bastards
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Written by Tyler Emery