At the Mondrian Hotel, January 15 and 16, GBK , the premier luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company and recipient of BizBash’s Award for Emmy’s “Best Gift Bag,”, honored the 2010 Golden Globe Awards Nominees and Presenters with its Annual Gift Lounge. Together, the attending celebrities and GBK raised over $150,000 in products and cash for featured charities including the Haiti relief fund.
Stars from some of the top nominated shows and films came out to enjoy the event and show support, including cast members from Mad Men (winner: Best Television Series Drama), Dexter (winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series), Glee (winner: Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical), Avatar (winner: Best Motion Picture – Drama) and many more.
The award lounge was hopping as DJ SHY set the tone while celebrities sipped on various beverages, wine and cocktails and gave back to their favorite charities while enjoying the gifting. www.myspace.com/djshy
2NITE VODKA, who not only served the celebrities cocktails made with their hand-painted, one-of-a-kind Italian vodka, but gifted certificates to receive their premium vodka for a intimate party of 50 or less. www.2nitevodka.com
Silver Oak brought a smile to wine enthusiasts’ lips with wine sampling within the lounge and gifted bottles of their 2005 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Silver Oak was recently named the #1 Most Popular Cabernet by Wine&Spirits Magazine’s 20th Annual Restaurant Poll. www.silveroak.com
Let them eat cake, and they did at the GBK’s Lounge thanks to Hansen Cakes. They reprised their role as Master Cake Maker and created a Golden Globes masterpiece cake, as well as giving out delicious cake samples. www.hansencakes.com
Health and Beauty Gifts
Dougherty Laser Vision, offered complimentary Lasik Vision Correction Surgery (valued at over $4,000). Dr. Dougherty is one of the most experienced LASIK and lens implant surgeons in the world. He has performed nearly 20,000 laser vision procedures since 1993, and served as a principal investigator on FDA trials that helped pioneer today’s new generation lens implants. www.doughertylaservision.com
On the health and beauty front celebrities enjoyed receiving gifts from, celebrity-favorite RevitaLash, who gifted their well known eyelash conditioner that lengthens and thickens eye lashes, as well as their new hair product called Hair by RevitaLash which is a conditioner that gives you thicker and fuller hair. www.revitalash.com
Tocca, gifted their Tocca Bagno Profumata – an ultra-luxurious foaming bath gel that contains natural cleansing agents from olive oil, calendula, flower extracts and honey as well as their best-selling Tocca Candela in Havana. www.tocca.com
Celsius – Calorie Burner, the Original Calorie Burner, developed by a team of experts dedicated to creating a drink that helps burn calories and tastes great will be gifting a 3 month supply of their beverage and a Celsius starter kit. www.celsius.com
Lalo Fitness gave out a copy of his workout DVD and exclusive training sessions with Lalo. www.lalofitness.com
CellCeuticals Biomedical Skin Treatments, gifting their skin cream known to give you visibly Younger Skin in Just 2 Weeks. www.cellceuticals.com
Yakult, the world’s leading probiotic beverage, offering an exclusive 5-pack of their drink in an elegant temperature-preserving silver gift box, with the opportunity for a complimentary product home delivery. www.yakultusa.com
Great Expressions Dental Center by Dr. Tracie Battle, gifting a $7500 certificate for dental services, as well as a take home whiting treatment kit. Dr. Tracie Battle offers Spa Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry, and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Battle explains her philosophy of practicing dentistry, “I am a firm believer in quality patient care. I am committed to my patients and therefore am committed to continuing education to enable me to be the best dental practitioner for my patients. I use state-of-the-art equipment and participate in advance treatment and studies for my patients.” www.greatexpressionsdentalcenter.com
Joico Laboratories providing for the Men – their Molding Putty and Moisture Recovery Shampoo & Conditioner and for the Women – K-PAK Color Therapy Shampoo & Conditioner plus Styling Oil. www.joico.com
Hard Candy, gifting samples from their exclusive lines, also offered their makeup applications exclusively – by a celebrity makeup artist – utilizing the most buzzed about collection of the year. www.hardcandy.com
Novero, TheFirstOne by Novero is a premium Bluetooth earpiece that’s beautifully crafted and elegant, yet never the focus of attention. Wear the FirstOne as a fashion accessory, thats the magic of the clip. It also comes with a handy car charger. www.novero.com
Patty’s Royal Dandie Miniature Pet Pigs, showcased their miniature piglets and gifted gourmet truffle salt sets. They also included an informational CD from PETA to continue the education of fair treatment of animals, a foundational belief of Royal Dandies. www.royaldandie.com
Crown them with Jewels
Jewelry was a major component of this year’s lounge, including varied types of materials and styles from diamonds to unique metal. Celebrities loved their unique beaded and diamond jewelry from Cool Joolz by Martha Calvo, as well as pieces from The Sampler, gifting a surprise selection of jewelry, t-shirts, elegant stationary and more. www.cooljoolz.com, www.homeofthesampler.com
Silent Gypsy Jewelry, gifted incredible layerable necklaces and rocker pieces. Silent Gypsy is an unspoken expression of one’s personal self, a fragment of the beautiful imperfections found throughout nature. www.silentgypsyjewelry.com
Paragon of Design by Skrocki, also showcased their unique metal jewelry, accessories and leather journals all created by metal Artist Amy Skrocki. www.paragonofdesignbyskrocki.com
Vintage Glo Jewelry Designs, gifted vintage “one of a kind” necklaces. www.vintageglo.com
GBK’s designer fashion sponsors included: Arnold Zimberg, featuring their exclusive line of designer shirts for men and women known for their unusual trims. www.arnoldzimberg.com
Consolidated Shoes, offering a wide variety of premium designers from around the globe, will be gifting shoes from the guest’s choice of one of their chosen designer brands: Apepazza, Irregular Choice, Nicole, and Poetic License. www.consolidatedshoes.com
CrotonWatches, fine timepieces for men and women (valued between $250-$500), were on display and wowed the crowd. Some of the Hollywood’s most recognizable names are Croton owners such as; Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, Joe Mantegna and Josh Groban just to name a few. www.crotonwatch.com
Wolford – known as a luxury brand for stockings, ready-to-wear items, underwear and bathing suits – gifted their luxurious socks and stockings as well as 2 designer tops to the Golden Globe Nominees and Presenters. www.wolford.com
Perfect Cami, the newest mini cami to hit the fashion industry made the celebs happy. www.perfectcami.com
Okobos, also a featured charity at the event, gave unique footwear that enable people to express individual style and personal conviction while providing a way to give back easily. www.okobos.com
Exotic VacationsTravel was also a highlight of the event, offering destinations from Six Senses Resorts & Spa, a Thai wellness resort dedicated to healthy and mindful living located on a small island off the coast of Phuket.IndulgentEscapes.com also gifted VIP guests a choice of one of their top resorts in Mexico, The Caribbean and Central America. www.indulgentescapes.com
The Ranch at Rock Creek offering the opportunity to experience a Montana luxury guest ranch that brings together upscale amenities and wide open spaces – a stay that includes limitless outdoor recreational opportunities, outstanding accommodations, and the finest cuisine in an outdoor playground.
More Luxurious Gifting
Other great gifts included:
Nouveau Paris, gifting their exotic layer-capable fragrances manufactured in France. www.nouveauparisinc.com
Hip & Hippie, offering handmade totes made of vintage and recycled fabrics with their 100% recyclable candles that grow flowers. www.hipandhippie.com
BEST OF LLC, gifted $400 off a custom made scrapbook documenting the individuals own newspaper/magazine press clips and photos; and redleaf, gifting a redleaf package including a bottle of the world’s most environmentally friendly bottled water and a stainless steel, refillable water bottle. www.bestofllc.com
Giving to Charities
And lastly, to honor its continued commitment to charitable giving, the following charities were present to represent their mission: Donate Life – A national campaign to inspire Americans to donate life by signing up on their state registry as an eye, organ and tissue donor (onelegacy.org).
GLAAD – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
City of Hope – City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope’s research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation.
A Source of Joy Theatricals – A Source of Joy Theatricals helps to train and educate young people and adults throughout the country in Theater and Culinary Arts. They also produce Broadway style shows in urban communities that are free of charge to the public that apply the same standards of excellence to its programs that is implemented in professional theaters all across the country.
A special effort was also made to help support the Haiti crisis and funds were raised for HUFH, Hollywood Unites for Haiti, a non-profit organization founded by actor Jimmy Jean-Louis (who plays the “Haitian” on NBC’s hit series “Heroes”). HUFH is leading a public awareness campaign and in conjunction with this organization, Jimmy Jean-Louis is working on a National campaign with the Pan American Development Foundation to raise money and provide aid for those who need relief from the devastation in Haiti. Jimmy Jean-Louis recently discovered that his parents in the Haitian capital are safe, but their home was destroyed by the earthquake and other family members died in the collapse. He returned to Haiti this weekend to reunite with his parents and offer assistants to his people in his homeland.
Who’s Who In Attendance
GBK always has a great celebrity turnout to their events, here are the celebs that came out:
Abraham McDonald Recording Artist & winner of Oprah’s Karaoke Challenge (receiving 2.7 mil out of 3mil votes), Aiden Turner All My Children, Amanda Righetti The Mentalist, Andy Buckley The Office, Anna Camp True Blood, Ariel Winter Modern Family, Benito Martinez 24/The Shield, Booboo Stewart Twilight, Boris Kodjoe Resident Evil: The Afterlife, Brando Eaton DEXTER, Brendan Gleeson Into the Storm, Bridget Marquardt Girls Next Door, Bryan Batt Madmen, Candy Spelling, Carol Leifer Celebrity Apprentice, CCH Pounder Avatar, Chris McDonald Happy Gilmore, Chris Harrison Host of Bachelor, Claudia Jordan Deal or No Deal/ The Apprentice, Cole Hauser Paparazzi /The Family that Preys, Craig Robinson The Office, Crystal Harris Girls Next Door, Curtis Stone Celebrity Chef and Celebrity Apprentice, Dan Byrd Cougartown, Debi Mazar Entourage, Deidre Hall Days of Our Lives, Dorian Gregory Charmed, Edi Gathegi Twilight, New Moon, Ellie Kemper The Office, Ephraim Salaam Houston Texans, Geoffrey Arend 500 days of summer, Grant Snow Accidentally on Purpose, Greg Finley Secret Life Of The American Teenager, Gregory Michael Greek, Harry Shum Glee, Ian Gomez Cougartown, Iqbal Theba Glee, Jai Rodriguez Queer Eye, James Kyson Lee Heroes, Jason Whyte Avatar, Jayma Mays Glee, Jennifer J-WOWW Jersey Shore, Jennifer Stone Wizards of Waverly Place, Jeremy Jackson Baywatch, Jessalyn Gilsig Glee, Joe Mategna Teen Nic, Jordan Spark American Idol- Recording Artist, Josh Sussman Glee, Josh Henderson 90210/Desperate Housewives, Kai ChaseMicheal Jackson’s Chef, Karissa Shannon Girls Next Door, Kate Flannery The Office, Kathryn Morris Cold Case, Keith A. Fox director- 30 Rock, Dawson’s Creek, Ken Davitian Borat, Kiowa Gordan New Moon, Kris Black The House that Jack Built, Kristina Shannon Girls Next Door, Lu Parker KTLA, Marc Menard Lost, Maria Kanellis Celebrity Apprentice & WWE Wrester, Matthew Weiner Madmen, Mavis Spencer Miss Golden Globes, Mehcad Brooks True Blood/ Desparate Housewives, Mekhi Phifer ER, Michael Stuhlbarg Best Actor nominee for “A Serious Man”, Michael Rady Melrose Place, Michael Gladis Madmen, and Michael Mosley Scrubs, The Proposal.
GBK, formerly GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin B. Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting Lounges, GBK Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/PR. 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 www.gbkproductions.com.
For More Information on DONATE LIFE, go to www.onelegacy.org
For More Information on GLAAD, go to www.GLAAD.org
For More Information on City of Hope, go to www.cityofhope.org
For More Information on A Source of Joy Theatricals or Broadway in the Hood: www.broadwayinthehood.org
For More Information on Hollywood Unites for Haiti, go to www.HUFH.org
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