For the last six years, Bergman has kicked off the Oscar® season in high fashion. The invitation-only event, hosted by Begley’s & Bill’s 100% All Natural Sodas and presented by Whitening Lightning & Nature’s Flavors, offered an array of fashion for him and her, body, skin & hair care, chic chapeaus, fashionable timepieces, stunning jewelry collections, fine art, dessert, premiere cocktails and a gourmet lunch.
Celebs on hand included Tommy Lee Davidson, Richard Brooks & Lisa Vidal (Being Mary Jane), Obba Babbatunde, former Oscar nominee Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, former Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett, Jr., Oscar nominee Robin Mathews (Make-up Artist for Dallas Buyers Club), Cheech & Chong, Elizabeth & William Shatner, Carla & Lou Ferrigno, Dot Marie Jones (Glee) and wife Bridgett Casteen Jones, Tia Carrere, Maria Conchita Alonso, Kevin Farley, Chelsie Hightower (Dancing With The Stars), Kate Flannery (The Office), Illeana Douglas, Eva LaRue, John Savage, Charlie Bewley, Jaclyn Betham & Peter Parros (The Haves & Have Nots), Jeremy Luke (MOB City), Katie Wagner, Nicholas Guest (Sons of Anarchy), Sofia Milos, Adrienne Janic (Fit, Famous & Fabulous), Kellita Smith (The First Family), Kevin Farley, Patrick Gallagher (Glee), Will Rathaar (Killing Kennedy), Valery Ortiz (Hit The Floor) and others.
Romance and love was on the minds of many in attendance.
Asked what was the most romantic thing he’s ever done, actor and comedian Tommy Davidson (In Living Color, The Proud Family) said he “spent a romantic, moonlit night in a natural ocean pond in Maui.”
Richard Brooks, who is currently on the hit show, Being Mary Jane, said a perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day would be to “have a private plane ride over the ocean.”
Actor, singer Obba Babatunde said the most romantic things he’s ever done is “given the gift with a promise of honesty.”
In the spirit of giving back, guests donated new or slightly worn articles of clothing and accessories to young adults (ages 15-18) for a Valentine’s Day Gift Drive benefitting ‘Wednesday’s Child’ — a weekly segment airing on KTTV FOX 11 News, Los Angeles, with Anchor Christine Devine.
‘Wednesday’s Child’ highlights ‘harder to place’ children in the LA County foster care system who are in need of adoptive families. “In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 30,000 children receiving child welfare services,” says social worker, William Wong. “This event reached far beyond the Hollywood ‘glitz’ and into the heart and soul. Gift donations to the ‘Wednesday’s Child’ Valentine’s Day Gift Drive from event Sponsors and guests, alike, has been overwhelming and, most importantly, we have formed new relationships that will extend outside of today.”
Bergman invited two foster children to the event. They were treated like VIPs.
Gifts and services for the event were provided by:
Begley’s & Bill’s 100% Natural Sodas, Whitening Lightning, Nature’s Flavors, Ooh La Bra, Silvana K Designs, Handmade Hearts by Hillel, PK’s Chocolates, Poof, Simply Eartha, Dr. Ava Cadell, the “Love Doctor,” Baron Hats. Monatelier, Waraire Boswell Executive Men’s Clothiers, Platinum Image Services, MiA Bath & Body, Timmy Woods, “Serenade” by Virtuoso Violinist, Daniel D, Art By Dano, Slash Salon, SudzzFx, La Curcio Skin Care Collection, My Saint, My Hero, GUESS, Twisted Silver, Perch, Lusciouss by Kendra Bridelle, Gilbert Albert, Honest Tea, Spongelle, Single Dress, Single Underwear, Tequila Azul Imperial and Veved Ice Vodka.
Kitt Shapiro, the owner and creator of Simply Eartha (simplyeartha.com) said she named the company after her mother, the legendary Eartha Kitt. Proceeds from the company, which makes candles out of recycled material, go to the Colon Cancer Alliance, the largest national patient advocacy organization dedicated to prevention, education, early detection and treatment.
“My mother was a diva on stage not in real life,” said Shapiro. “She was a simple woman when she wasn’t on the stage. She was the kind of woman who liked to garden and keep her life simple.”
“Whitening Lightning is American made product you can use at home,” said Jennifer Gerard, president and CEO. ‘It’s designed for people with sensitive teeth. We have all natural, no chemicals. That’s what sets us apart. It’s designed for the person on the go. You can whiten your teeth while doing your laundry or checking your email. It takes 20 minutes. You can use it once and put the rest in the fridge for up to six or eight months.”
This story by Darlene Donloe – an entertainment writer based in Los Angeles.