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by Bonnie Carroll



The Red Carpet GBK Gifting Suites in the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills was buzzing with excitement as celebrity guests including Chris Butler & Sam Fell (Nominated for ParaNorman), Richard Kind (Argo Movie Nominated for Best Picture) , Bruce McGill (Lincoln Movie Nominated for Best Picture), Chris Tucker ("Silver Linings Playbook" Nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year), CCH Pounder (Emmy-Award Nominated Actress), Franco Nero B, Chazz Palminteri (Academy-Award Nominated Actor), Joey Lawrence (ABC Familys Melissa & Joey), Dennis Christopher (Django Unchained Movie Nominated for Best Picture), Mizinga Mwinga (War Witch Movie Nominated for Best Foreign Feature), Joshua Malina, Gregg Henry, Bellamy Young (ABCs Scandal), David Costabile (Lincoln Movie Nominated for Best Picture), Terry Crews (Scary Movie 5; HBO”s Newsroom), Jesse Williams (ABC”s Grey”s Anatomy), Wendi McLendon Covey (Bridesmaids), Wayne Knight (TV Land's "The Exes"), Brian Dietzen (CBS's "NCIS"), and many more moved from room to room talking with countless business’ providing fabulous gifts to this years nominees and cast members. Attendees of the red carpet Gift Lounge were also indulged with music, gourmet food & beverages and opportunities to support countless 2013 charity sponsors.

Danielle Rios

In association with GBK, the lounge featured designs by Danielle Rios Interior Design From The Runway, art by Monika Jensen Productions and gorgeous floral arrangements by Hermine Flowers and Gifts. An eclectic mix of beats, compliments of DJ BABYCHINO, drifted throughout the lounge and set the tone for an unforgettable daytime excursion. Comedian Chris Tucker was even heard commenting upon his arrival Hey, Im off to shop and dance! In addition to the shopping and dancing, Sky s Gourmet Tacos provided a lavish taco buffet for celebrities to refuel on, while sweets were provided by Zoes Chocolate Co. , Cookie Daddy, and Breadbasket Cake Co. , Guests also treated themselves to specialty elixirs from Skinnygirl® Cocktails as well as refreshing wines from the celebrity-favorite Moscato brand, Viva Diva Wines.




Each room of the lounge showcased a collection of great gifts including: organic chocolate bars by Vita Organic Foods; dietary supplements from Ajinomoto North America, Inc. , avocado oil enriched bath and body products from Viavo; organic make up from NVEY ECO; a collection of conditioning and color cosmetics from RevitaLash; Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads; José Eber Hair Infrared Blow Dryers; EcoGenics Active Botanical Skincare; couture temporary body art from G the Body Art Professional; candles from Milenas Boutique; remote control cars from Toy State; gift certificates from Magellan Jets; luxury pet bedding from Smartsilk; the world-renowned language-language solutions from Rosetta Stone; books from Dr. Ted Eisenberg; Hi-Call Bluetooth gloves from Bullboat USA LLC; and MATRIX, who was gifting a collection of haircare, color, style and texturing products and offering styling and touch-ups by Matrix Artistic Director Ammon Carving.




Jewelry and accessories were a hit of the lounge, and guests were seen leaving with a stylish array of items provided by: The Artisan Group; Juniper Blu; Égard, fine timepieces for men; Tiro Jewelry Design; Gemesis Diamond Company; MINIM, light travel bags for busy women on-the-go; and handmade jewelry from Chick Boss.

Guests were also spoiled with a nice selection of destinations including Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, providing first class stays in Mexicos premiere destination for 4 nights / 3 days at one of their luxurious properties; Caribbean Living, providing all-inclusive trips for 2 to the newest Hard Rock resorts in the Caribbean Punta Cana & Cancun; Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, gifting two SAVOR VIP Access Passes to their four-day food and wine experience.



Gustavo Rivas-Solis, Latitude and Puerto Vallarta Tourism Present Penny Marshall, Actress/Producer/Director, 

with First Class Stay in Puerto Vallarta Mexico


There was no shortage of gift giving and brand awareness at the GBK event, and the charity sponsors were certainly included in that. A record number of charitable organizations celebrated the Oscar Awards with GBK and mingled with the honored guests taking the opportunity to educate each one about their cause. Presenting Sponsor, Nicorette and NicoDerm, contributed to the efforts and were on site collecting signatures from celebrities who were supporting the Pledge to Quit smoking initiative. Celebrity guest Terry Crews also made a special appearance to co-present a check for $10,000 to Tobacco Free Kids. l charity beneficiaries included: Global Green USA, the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation - The mission is to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Juvenile diabetes. YES! Beat Liver Tumors, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information, resources, support and HOPE to those who are affected by cancer of the liver and other forms of advanced cancer. City of Hope Every day City of Hope transforms the future of health by turning science into practical benefit and hope into reality. They accomplish this through exquisite care, innovative research and vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes. The Creative Coalition formed for the charitable and educational purposes of bringing together artists and entertainers to learn about pressing issues so they can better inform and influence the community and nation. Guard A Heart, a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease prevention by spreading the word to guard your heart and save your life. For more information about Global Green, please visit: globalgreen.org
For more information about
The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live, please visit:
grammymuseum.org For more information about YES! Beat Liver Tumors, please visit: BeatLiverTumors.org For more information about The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, please visit aSugarRayLeonard.com.

GBK, formerly GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing 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 Weddings 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:





… Beverly Hills Sustainable Style by Bonnie Carroll

In honor of the 85th Academy Awards nominees Eco Oscars 2103 chose a

JAMES BOND theme for their sustainable event production in onjunction with

the Jamaican Tourist Board where Ian Fleming wrote all 14 Bond novels. Coley's

Cuisine served up tastings of authentic Jamaican foods and signature cocktails

including Agave Underground’s “Charlie Sheen” and other tequila delights, plus

The Tennessee Spirits Company were pouring their three new brands: Jailers™

Premium Tennessee Whiskey,Breakout™ 8 Year Old American Rye Whiskey,

and Forbidden Secret Dark Mocha American Cream.

There were some amazing live Music Artist performaning to benefit Charity partners at this event. WE ROCK GREEN MICS, the eco-performance collective from With Our Words, Inc., a 501(c) (3) youth development nonprofit from Stockton, California. Their Green Celebrity Writing Prompts Project hopes to inspire literacy and artistry to raise awareness about ecology. At-risk students from

Attending guests included Oscar nominees Alan Arkin, Arianne Sutner, Chris

Butler, Chrisette Hudlin, Dario Marinelli, Jacqueline Durran, Joanna

Johnston, Katie Spencer, Lucy Alibar, Malik Bendjelloul, Pes, Reginald

Hudlin, Roman Coppola, Sam Fell, Sarah Greeenwood, Seamus McGarvey,

Shawn Christensen, Talani Diggs and Travis Knight, plus Adam Gaynor,

Adrienne Maloff, Alice Amter, Arianne Zucker, Barbara Woods, Bret

Lockett, Rose Sonenclar, Carolyn Hennesy, Carrie Keagan, Chef Bernie

Guzman Chelsea Autumn, Chin Han, Chris Harrison, Crystal Hunt, Crystal Reed,

Daniel Dreifuss, David Costabile, Dean Geyer, Erin Murphy, GG, Jared Kusnitz,

Jeanine Mason, Jeremiah Bitsui, Judd Nelson, Judi Shekoni, Kaya Jones,

Khandi Alexander, Kelly Hu, Maria Conchita Alonso, Mark Bridges, Matt Nolan,

Neal McDonough, Quinton Aaron, Richard Middleton, Raphael Sbarge, Richard

Portnow, Sally Kirkland, Shar Jackson, Sophia Milos, Tahj Mowry, Tia Carrere

and more to be announced.

About Durkin Entertainment - Durkin Entertainment is an indie TV/Film production company specializing in TV/Film/Celebrity product placement. Credits: K-11,The Expendables, ECO Hollywood (KCBS-LA), CW Network, The A-List , NBC TODAY Show, The Talk, The Doctors, Chelsea Lately, Two Jacks, Bonnie Hunt TV Show, Blades of Glory, Rocky Balboa, National Lampoon's Cattle Call, LAPD Hollenback Happy Planet documentary, Walk A Mile in My Pradas, Living With Ed-HGTV-Planet Green, LA Ink, Celebuzz, The Sexiest Women of Reality TV & Calendar, Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, 944 Magazine, Kevin Sorbo's Celebrity Golf Tournament, IFQ Magazine, and Sundance Celebrity Swag Hunt. LA’s leading sustainable producer, Debbie Durkin, produces a series of Main Event Red Carpet Lounges & Green Suites each year during Sundance, Green Grammys, Eco Oscars, Eco Hollywood Earth Day, MTV Movie Awards ECO Lounge, and Eco Emmys, each lounge

benefiting charities.










by Bonnie Carroll


L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills was buzzing with activity as celebrities and media packed into the celebrity Oscar suite to enjoy meeting charity participants and meeting sponsors. Charities for the event were Gentle Giants Rescue and The Performing Arts Magnet at Hollywood High School The Worlds Most Expensive Hair Straightners was unveiled.


Roger & Lynn Neal of Neal Public Relations, who are responsible for making designers like: Stuart Weitzman, Avakian, Jewelry on 7th, Kwiat Diamonds, Jelly Belly, Gown Designers Addy Van Den Krommenacker, Classified Cosmetics, Marley Coffee, Lorimar Winery, and Natalie K Diamonds to name a few household names during award season, produced The Ultimate Beauty & Couture Suite in honor of the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Neal and wife Lynn for the past 17 years have produced the most talked about Golden Globe and Academy Awards suites.


The RNSH Suite was definitely the place for stars to get pampered, select gowns, shoes, handbags and jewelry for the Oscars. For the past 17 years the Neal’s have had no less than 3 nominees and at least 8 stars wear designs from the clients in their suite to the Oscars and to major parties. Neal hosted over 200 stars and 10 Oscar Nominees this year, and in the past stars included: Steven Tyler, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Angela basset, Adam Lambert, Penelope Ann Miller, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Joe Montagna, Nominee Siedah Garrett, and Oscar winning director Michel Hazanavicius and his wife Berenice Bejo of THE ARTIST, among many others.


The RNSH suite has a purpose of spotlighting a charity each year. Roger Neal say’s "WE ARE NOT A GIFTING SUITE." However we do gift stars for coming and supporting our charities. The gift bag is worth $20k. The RNSH suites offered guests beauty treatments for stars and media.  Attending Celebs enjoyed the following pampering and gift items:



Spray Tanning, Facials, Massages provided by SunLounge Studios www.sunloungestudios.com

Eyelash extensions by Long Mi Lashes/Daniel Dinh www.longmilashes.com

Hair Blow outs by ISO Beauty www.isobeauty.com

Shaves by The Art of Shaving in Beverly Hillswww.theartofshaving.com

Guests enjoyed incredible couture designs by:

Addy Van Den Krommenacker Gowns - of the Netherlands has made a

mark in the U.S. with stars over the past two years and promises this years

Oscar Collection will be the best ever. www.addyvandenkrommenacker.nl

Timmy Woods Handbags Beverly Hills www.timmywoods.com

Shekhar Rahate Gowns - Nominees wore Rahate to the 2012 Oscars including Marriane Brock whose movie LOVE OF GOD was nominated and WON! and

the wife of Oscar Nominated exec. producer of THE ARTIST. www.shekharrahate.com

As a Thank you to guests attending and supporting the charities they will receive:

A stay at the Historical BelleekCastle in Ballina, Irelandwww.belleekcastle.com

A stay at the Historical Bed & BreakfastGoldMountain Manor www.goldmountain

ISO Beauty hair care - luxury hair care products that you can only get at our

suite these are the most innovative in the world www.isobeauty.com

Banzai Saki, making history by giving the world’s most expensive sake to

stars and nominees in the suite, they are valued at $2,000.00 per bottle www.banzaibeverage.com

Jeannie Bottle - Mario Della Casa made WISHES COME TRUE and will

showcase his celebrity art work.www.jeanniebottles.com

Timmy Woods Beverly Hills handbag or jewelry known for her exquisite handbags that have been worn by stars to many award shows


Cindy Cohen. This face serum lifts without surgery. Everyone is in love with this product www.rtfacelove.com

Love On The Go - www.loveonthego.com

L'Anza Healthy Hair care products is a leading manufacturer of quality hair care products and is the only company offering products that heal, seal and protect the

hair and more.


I so enjoyed meeting up with old friend Renee Taylor who has a great new skin

product she developed with her make-up artist that really does takes fifteen years off your face…fantastic! The Lorimar

wine guy Mark Mansfield from Temecula was pouring some memorable wines, and Chopard gave

sips of delicious little pink beverages. If you like saki there were some very nice and rare tastes to enjoy. From hair care items to new authors it was all fabulous and 

fun, and Roger Neal was  the host with the most! For additional information visit www.rogernealsh.net



Congratulations to the 2013 Oscar Winners for their Great Work!

(Photos by Bonnie Carroll from Santa Barbara International Film Festival Red Carpet 2/13)

The Winners Are:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Animated Short Film - Paperman

Best Animated Feature Film - Brave

Best Achievement in Cinematography - Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi

Best Achievement in Visual Effects - Life of Pi

Best Achievement in Costume Design - Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina

Best Achievement in MakeUp & Hairstyling - Lisa Westcott and Julie Darnell, Les Misérables

Best Live Action Short Film - Curfew

Best Documentary Short Subject - Inocente

Best Documentary Feature - Searching for Sugarman

Best Foreign Film - Amour

Best Sound Mixing - Les Misérables

Best Sound Editing - tie between Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall

Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Best Achievement in Film Editing - William Goldenberg, Argo

Best Production Design - Lincoln

Best Score - Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

Best Original Song - "Skyfall" by Adele, Paul Epworth

Best Adapted Screenplay - Chris Terrio, 'Argo'

Best Original Screenplay - Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Achievement in Directing - Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Leading Actress in a Motion Picture - Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Leading Actor in Motion Picture - Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Picture - Argo


American Masterpieces – Evening

Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8:00PM - 10:00PM   Matinee March 17, 3:00

Granada Theatre

With a world premiere, a rising piano virtuoso, and iconic West Side Story melodies , this concert promises to be unforgettable. A pianist with superb musicianship and riveting technical brilliance, Xiayin Wang presents Gerswhin’s Concerto in F, inspired by jazz, blues and ragtime. Commissioned by the Santa Barbara Symphony, Jonathan Leshnoff, known for quickly winning an international reputation as one of America's most gifted composers, has written Concerto Grosso, highlighting the principal players of our orchestra – a world premiere not to be missed!

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor

Xiayin Wang, Piano

Santa Barbara Symphony Administrative Office

1330 State Street, Suite 102
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 898-9386
Fax: (805) 898-9326


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