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Lucire 2012

White heat, white light, white knights

Mid-summer parties and charity fundraisers brighten up a long, hot summer in southern California, reports Cheri Fox
some photographs courtesy Melrose PR




Even with the US presidential election tension, environmental worries and hard news threatening to darken our psychological landscape, there were bright spots in the summer calendar to remind us there is still good in the world that will carry us through a summer of our discontent and keep us enthralled until the Emmys and Oscars.

As July wound down, a thousand Angelenos and out-of-town visitors celebrated summer and its official colour at the White Light, White Night fundraiser at King Harbor in the fashionable LA neighbourhood of Redondo Beach, South Bay. The exuberant fundraiser gala benefited local non-profit Walk with Sally through an upscale spread of 24 local restaurants (including Ortega 120, Manhattan Beach’s Strand House, Hot’s Kitchen and Santa Monica’s Brick & Mortar, among many others). The spread was itself the ultimate summer barbecue, from sliders to food-truck tacos to gelato and fresh seafood.

The event, sponsored by Momma Mia Worldwide for the second year in a row, will be best remembered for its extensive bars staged by Patron Spirits, a tony auction loaded with trips, cars and other covetable prizes, and a live performance by Smashmouth, mixing their own quintessentially California hits with covers from their favourite band, Van Halen, who defined the California party vibe a generation ago.

In a sea of white, guests and patrons who came to the event from all over the US sampled incredible food, as well as hit the various bars for a bespoke margarita or an opportunity to craft their own mojito. ‘Each year, White Light, White Night share the stories of hundreds of children in Los Angeles who get lost in the mix when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer,’ reflected Nick Arquette, founder of Walk with Sally. ‘This event gives those children a voice and allows charity to fund existing and new friendships with mentors. Without the support of our community, we would not be able to impact those children’s lives the way we’ve been doing during the last five years.’

Walk with Sally is dedicated to providing mentoring support programmes and services to children of parents or siblings with cancer, one child at a time, one heart at a time. It is committed to providing healing and comfort to children debilitated by the emotional experience of living with or losing a parent or sibling to cancer. This healing is facilitated free of charge, providing an emotionally safe environment for children to share their difficult experience with someone who has suffered the same.

The White Light, White Night event had previously raised more than $150,000 for Walk with Sally, while the 2012 event went on to smash that record. ‘This year, Walk with Sally’s goal was to raise $250,000 in order to serve the more than 200 children in Los Angeles,’ says Arquette. ‘By next year, we hope to increase mentor relationships by 30 per cent and open a new Walk with Sally centre.’

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While White Light, White Night appealed to the sophisticated career set, the Teen Choice Awards 2012, staged at the Gibson Amphitheater on the Universal Studios back lot, was right on trend with what tastemakers between ages 10 and 21 were buzzing about. The award show, seen on the Fox network, produced by Bob Bain, Michael Burg, Paul Flattery and Kelly Brock, was preceded by a gifting suite designed by Josh Johnson, in his signature “livable luxe” motif, pairing affordable elegance and functional practicality. This year’s “celebrity retreat” was not just a gifting suite, but a “giving suite”. The stars were invited to give to their favourite charities as well as receive sponsor gifts.

The Teen Choice Awards, hosted by Demi Lovato and Kevin McHale, celebrated the hottest teen icons in TV, music, film, sports, fashion, comedy and the internet. Presenters and guests included Miley Cyrus, Ashley Benson, Cat Deeley, Zooey Deschanel, Ellen DeGeneres, Zac Efron, Selena Gomez, Josh Hutcherson, Lea Michelle, Shay Mitchell, Gordon Ramsay, and Taylor Swift, and featured live performances by Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, No Doubt and DJ Pauly D.

There were several assorted charities present and Mobli, an online photo and video sharing community, built to bring people together around common interests, donated $30,000.

While at the celebrity retreat gift suite, we met and interviewed No Doubt drummer Adrian Young, who also stated he is a supporter of the giving suite, supporting the Stomp out Bullying charity.

The Stomp out Bullying charity got a boost from the Wonka Nerds Unite movement, helping the organization reach the goal of 10,000 nerds united against bullying. When the goal of 10,000 nerds showing their pride is reached, the candyman will donate $25,000 to Stomp out Bullying.

City of Hope also donated $17,000 worth of toys and games from Blingles, Tatoo Bandz, Hasbro Games and Furby. The Office Depot announced a partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation that encourages youth to feel confident about their individuality.

Other brands at the suite included Blingles by Moose Toys, Marchon Eyewear, Lena Jewellery, North Shore Goodies, Ryka, and Iijin shoes. •

In a sea of white, guests and patrons who came to the event from all over the US sampled incredible food, as well as hit the various bars for a bespoke margarita or an opportunity to craft their own mojito







Elyse Glickman, US west coast editor of Lucire, contributed to this story.





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