Sunday, June 01, 2008

Breast Cancer Fundraiser: ROCKING the Climb Against the Odds

On May 15th I Executive Produced a fundraiser with my good friend, Sarah Carter. We raised over $30,000 for The Breast Cancer Fund, which builds awareness around the preventable causes of cancer and their link to the health of the planet, and SOLD OUT the venue. We exceeded our goals, with delight, and it was the best party--some even called it a festival! -- primarily due to Lucent Dossier, Sarah's heart of gold, and The Chocolate Fountain.

The best part of the night was when I was totally winded by producing and sat down to get my first drink of the evening-- which was a challenge, since the VIP bar was totally swamped with people (awesome). I ordered 3 "fresh muddled strawberry" cocktails, compliments of Lotus Vodka, and sat down to talk w/ our guest speaker Jaime Pressly. We had spent a month in China together while I was visiting Sarah, who was shooting a movie with Jaime. We chatted awhile-- it had been a long time-- and I told her "You know, after talking with you, for the first time tonight I feel completely relaxed." Then I looked down and realized I'd consumed not one, not two, but 3 entire "Muddled Strawberry" cocktails in one sitting. Probably had something to do with the relaxation.

The event featured performances by:
Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque, Do Lab & Coachella favorite
Jillian Speer, LA Music Awards Top Album of the Year
Sierra Swan, Produced by Linda Perry
Eagle and Talon, Sia National Tour,
D.J. Marques Wyatt, KCRW
Carlos Vera, Live painting
Spy Emerson, Famed Burning Man, Coachella, & International Art Curator

and a glamorous Host Committee:

Jaime Pressly (My Name is Earl)
James Gandolfini (The Sopranos)
Jeremy Piven (Entourage)
James Woods (Shark,  Casino, The Way We Were)
Chris Noth (Sex in the City)
Alex O'Loughlin (Moonlight, The Shield )
Arielle Kebbel (The Grudge 2)
Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother )
Orlando Jones (Magnolia, Mad TV, The Replacements)
Malin Akerman (The Heartbreak Kid, Entourage )
Holly Valance ( DOA , Entourage , Shark )
Steve Howey ( Bride Wars, Reba )

(all photos by Josh Reiss)

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