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@FarmSanctuary Fundraiser review featuring @kevin_nealon @colbiecaillat @jencoolidge and more

By Joy A. Kennelly 

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Farm Sanctuary's Fundraiser featuring Colbie Caillat QYArrModjWaTqSW9xzqwhM7SG9R0nS5oUarDdrt1Uwo,p2QMquuVxvFxG685kOaxybQxnT7I1mhlJGcFpRlvdTUand Kevin Nealon among others at the Peterson Auto Musuem.599486_10151433293843600_1904172986_n If you've never been to the musuem, here's a taste of what to expect when you first arrive.

Image003 Image002Image001Now to be honest, as soon as I read this event featured a special acoustic performance by Grammy award winner COLBIE CAILLAT, I decided I'd like to attend.

Plus, I've always appreciated Kevin Nealon's humor and since he was host, I was sure it would be a fun time. Who could resist an invitation with their cute faces? Or these farm animals as seen above?

Once I arrived however, I was drawn into the cause, Farm Sanctuary, America’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. A friend had always recommended I see the documentary, Forks over Knives, which features Farm Sanctuary and I was curious as a result.

Everyone I met that night was so passionate about protecting farm animals and many were vegans, something I've never considered, but found very fascinating due to their passion. Plus, everyone looked so fit and thin the lifestyle kinda spoke for itself. 

As my friend Patti said, "It doesn't matter what people are passionate about, as long as they have a passion for something." Which I had to agree with because even though all the charities I will support financially have always involved children, I'm always open to learning about new charities and supporting causes by writing about them because I feel it's nice to raise awareness.

Apparently, so did these celebrities since so many turned out in support. Recognize anyone?:)

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Brilliant comedic timing and a very nice person to boot. She was cracking us up on the red carpet. Who hasn't worn a coat to an event to hide bra straps?:)

She wasn't the only female actress to show up though, you may recognize these women too.

527619_10151433296878600_286090677_nKelly Thiebaud of General Hospital fame was there.

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Here's Gene Baur (whom I accidentally called Jack:), president of Farm Sanctuary, with Sarah Dawson of Survivor Philippines fame, and Ady Gil. Sarah shared she was a fifth generation vegan and attributed part of her success on Survivor to this fact. Who knew?:)

What I found interesting was many of the men in attendance dressed for the farm aspect of the event while the ladies read cocktail and wore evening wear. Don't you wish Michael Vartan was back on TV? 

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When I asked him to choose his favorite veggie to descrbe himself, he said, Kale because it's green, leafy and awesome! Everyone was real kick back and fun. People were dancing, playing poker, eating, buying raffle tickets and more the entire night.

If you look closely you will see Reid Ewing (Modern Family) who became a fan of Farm Sanctuary after rescuing a homeless chicken; Torrance Coombs (The Tudors/Heartland/Just cast in “Kill For Me”) and Alyssa Campanella (Miss USA 2011) posing; Edwin Hodge (Cougar Town, NCIS) Ciddy Fonteboa (Horror Haiku) who told me she had been involved in a very abusive marriage and once she got out of it, she became a vegan because anything that overpowers should never ever happen. She made it so vivid, it brought tears to my eyes.

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Pretty soon it was time for the main event, Colbie performing.

Now if you're like me, you love Spotify and the ability to create a "radio" station that tailors to the kinds of music you like. I'm such a fan of Colbie's music, I have a Colbie Caillat station since it's the best music to write to.

If you're not familiar with her music, here's a new song she just created along with Gavin DeGraw for the film, Safe Haven:

 She's on tour, but her website/fan page hasn't listed dates and/or cities otherwise I'd tell you where. In any case, it was really fun to have this private, intimate party with a few hundred cool people who really love this cause and her music.

Farm Sanctuary President, Gene Baur said a few words, Kevin Nealon entertained us encouraging us all to give the gift of a cow, and then Colbie came on to perform.

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Now, if you're like me and city born and bred, there's still hope for us. Farm Sanctuary's 26-acre Southern California Shelter is located on a beautiful hacienda ranch in Acton, just 45 minutes from Hollywood.

In addition to providing shelter for more than 100 animals, Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres offers one-hour guided tours on Sundays and group tours are available by appointment. 

Their sanctuary gift shop is open before and after tours. Visitors will find educational materials, as well as a variety of items available for purchase including apparel, books, and souvenirs.

For Visitor Center hours and tour times, please click here.

Doesn't this sound fun? Who doesn't want to see Charlotte in her own habitat? In any case, the evening was a great eye opener and has made me realize areas of my life where I can adjust my diet too.

My next step is to watch Forks Over Knives. Here's the trailer in case you're not familiar with it:

 

Eat healthy! Save an animal! Buy a Cow! Or a Pig! Or even a Chicken! Better than a dog and you don't even have to care for it, Farm Sanctuary does it for you.

So with that, I wish you all a vegetarian good night!:)


#Sharefest 9th Annual Evening of Community Fundraiser Nov 2. Deadline Mon, Oct. 29 to RSVP!

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Sharefest develops comprehensive programs and services that strengthen communities and meet the needs in the lives of children and families. Please RSVP by Monday, October 29 to support Sharefest's 9th Annual Fundraiser on November 2. All the details above. 

Here's why it's so important:

This has probably been the most difficult year we have ever faced ... however, due to Sharefest's work, our school–comprised of 100 precent 'at-risk kids–has thrived! Thanks to Sharefest we've had our largest graduating class and our highest percentage of proficiency on the California High School Exit Exams.
— REGINA AWTRY, PRINCIPAL, AVALON HIGH SCHOOL

 


Life in #Atlanta and @RealMenCook fundraiser featuring @Baisdenlive, @RepJohnLewis and many more #AfricanAmerican #Charity

By Joy A. Kennelly

Always tell when I'm happy because I feel like blogging. Now that I've wrapped up work for my International Celebrity Stylist client, it's nice to have a little free time before the next opportunity. Couple things bubbling which are promising.

I've also moved to a much nicer neighborhood in a beautifully furnished house with a very sweet, respectful room-mate who's hardly ever home which makes life great too.:) 

Even my daisy plant is happier and keeps blooming as if it too agrees.

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Now that I'm ITP (Inside the Perimeter) vs. (OTP) Outside the Perimeter which in LA is like living in the South Bay vs. Hollywood, I'm much happier too because it's so much faster and easier to get to events and places I want, or need, to go. 

Traffic in Atlanta is sometimes worse than LA and every little bit of time you can shave off really helps. It's the difference between going out and staying in sometimes.

Just off the phone with a friend who was debating on whether to join me at an event launching Aeromexico's flights between Atlanta and Mexico City tonight. When he heard it might be Downtown he wasn't interested claiming too much traffic, but then as soon as he heard it was closer after all, said he'd consider it.

See what I mean? LOL

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Recently I was invited to participate in the Real Men Cook Atlanta event honoring Fathers on Father's Day at the Georgia World Congress Center which was a real treat. What a fantastic complex near Phipps Arena. I liked the walkability between the different venues and as I left, enjoyed seeing an Atlanta Hawk mascot posing with fans outside.

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Radio Host Michael Baisden (pictured left) came and shared how much fathers mean to children which I felt was especially poignant when so many children nowadays are growing up fatherless. Here he is talking about it with the press at his book signing after.

Atlanta treasure,  Congressman John Lewis (pictured below) has been serving as Honorary Chair and cook for many years which I thought was really amazing and wonderful given his government responsibilities.  No wonder he's so beloved!:)2012-06-17 15.47.49

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I'm hoping to receive better shots from the organizers, but couldn't wait to share because it really was special. We don't have events like this in Los Angeles that I recall which is one of the reasons I was curious to attend and learn what it was all about. 

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Here's the official Real Men Cook description to give you the depth and breadth of what they're doing for men around fatherhood here in Atlanta, and across the nation:

The Crusade
Real Men Charities, Inc. presents Real Men Cook events as a national crusade to positively change the way 
the world views men in relationship to their families and the community.

The crusade includes events, which take place all on the same day, Father’s Day; in Atlanta, Chicago, Benton Harbor (MI), Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, DC.

The Crusaders
Volunteer cooks are the most valued crusaders in this movement to change the world. Local managers, nonprofit partners and radio partners are also essential to Real Men Charities, Inc.

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The Reality

Can an Event Change the World? Day by day, year by year, first by claiming Father’s Day in major cities and with national media attention, myths are destroyed, hope is restored, perspectives repositioned, appreciation is expressed, examples are magnified, young men strive to be real men and mature men stand up to be counted; families, no matter the configuration, begin to celebrate themselves and those who try to make a difference. 

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No Child is Left Behind
No child need feel empty on Father’s Day. Families attend the event and women are the number one purchasers of event tickets. Entire families celebrate beyond the biological father, and grandfathers, brothers, coaches and teachers. Reflection is placed on real men past or present. Children are celebrated, activities are planned for them and during the campaign, they benefit by the positive images, messages and role models, who happen to be every day men making a difference.

So, there you have it. How I spent Father's Day and other tidbits.

Hope you enjoyed the read! 


@BeRich11 Campaign raises 1.7 million for Atlanta-based charities in 7 days; 13,000 hours of service booked and more. @Time @Newsweek @AtlantaMagazine @Cl_Atlanta @AtlBizChron @AJC #Thanksgiving

By Joy A. Kennelly

Every time you have a perception of a certain thing, it will grow and evolve as time goes on and my opinion on Andy Stanley's church and members has drastically taken a turn for the better over the course of the past few weeks.

Not that I thought everyone was bad, but I was allowing certain attendees to influence my opinion poorly. Not that you care, but for those who want to hold a negative view of the church and Christianity because it makes you feel better, this is one story where you won't be able to once you read what I am about to share with you.

I know it changed my mind and opened my heart like nothing else could.

Being new to the South everything is new to me and I love seeing how people do church and community out here. Years ago I ran across Pastor Louie Giglio's 7:22 singles service online and was so encouraged to see young people worshipping and learning about God here in Atlanta, Georgia as I sat at my computer watching them all the way across the country in Hermosa Beach, CA.

I always wondered why we didn't have a dynamic singles ministry out there in CA like this one and would send prayer requests to Louie and his church to pray for Hermosa Beach and our surrounding beach cities at the height of my politicking to change the drinking and partying culture there.

God moved in Hermosa and we did see some change. Then I moved out of the area and stopped my involvement because I was burnt out. Trying to change a beach community built on years and years and years of drinking and partying wasn't what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.

Plus, when you're the only single person speaking out on the issue, it doesn't necessarily make you popular with other singles who happen to like drinking and partying very much.:)

I realized sometimes you have to let go and let God. God is moving there without me since I know others who have picked up the cause, or continue to fight for it.:) Just not my issue any more.

God continued to move in my life and eventually after a short stint back in Hollywood and other factors, decided it was finally time to leave CA altogether and made the trip out to GA in late July. Upon arrival, my friends invited me to attend Andy Stanley's Buckhead Church and Louie Giglio's Passion City Church which I gladly did.

I kept thinking something looked familiar and it wasn't till a few weeks of attending that I realized this was the same pastor and church environment I had watched online so many years ago which I had wanted so badly to be part of back then.

Now that I'm here it's hard to believe how much God is doing in and through this community. Buckhead Church, which is part of Northpoint Ministries and one of the five campuses, is where I've been attending most regularly. These past few weeks seeing God's love in action through the lives of those who attend has blown me away.

What I really like about Pastor Andy Stanley is he gets how people need challenges (men especially. Ever read Wild At Heart? I did and it really helped me understand men and their need for challenges. More pastors need to read it!), BIG challenges, and he and his team created the Be Rich 11 campaign to do just that.

Apparently, every year for seven weeks in November through December, the entire church is encouraged to Give and Serve to bless the community. Donations are given above and beyond our regular tithing which are not used by the church at all. Just donated straight to the charities designated as beneficiaries. Last year they raised $500,000 which all went straight to a range of charities spread throughout all of Atlanta, GA.

This year, Andy encouraged us to give more and gave us a goal of 1 million for the entire seven weeks of this Be Rich 11 campaign. Here's the video to show you what the entire Be Rich 11 Campaign is all about:

Be Rich Opener 2011 from North Point Media.

WELL! Not only did we as a Christian body raise ONE MILLION DOLLARS, but we did it in a week's time and raised a total of ONE POINT SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS! I was blown away hearing this because I know they will distribute it straight to so many charities throughout the city that are really hurting financially in this economy.

Amazing generosity out here in Georgia! What one of my friends pointed out that he appreciated and I do too, is that now that goal is achieved, we're moving onto the next one rather than continuing to raise money like other fundraisers might have been tempted to do.

Our next challenge was to commit to volunteering as a church community for a total of 8,000 service hours during that specific time frame yet again and these opportunities are explained in the following videos as recommended suggestions.

Please watch because the quality is amazing and this will explain everything much better than I can:

Be Rich 2011 Causes: Sickness from North Point Media.

Be Rich 2011 Causes: Poverty from North Point Media.

Not only did people volunteer, we now have 13,000 service hours on the books which will be done over the next few weeks! Again, amazing generosity and seeing God's love in action blows me away!

Now that it's Thanksgiving week, we're invited to help collect 25 TONS OF FOOD to fill pantries of local food banks. That's 25 NFL teams in food form and will serve 5,000 people a week. The church broke it down and that's 2 lbs per person to achieve our goal.

I know, sounds impossible, right? But as I begin to know these Southern Christians the little I do, I have no doubt it will happen. Here's the video to explain it all visually if you learn by hearing:

Be Rich 2011 Causes: Hunger from North Point Media.

Isn't this amazing? No wonder the church is busting at the seams to hold everyone. Did you know this Christian community at Northpoint is the second largest church in the country? Wouldn't you want to be part of something this dynamic? I know I do. 

I love how all these efforts are based on the Bible verse found in I Timothy 6:18 too: "Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share."

God's love in action. I love it.  

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'll keep you posted on the results of this 25 ton food goal!

 


Maksim Chmerkovskiy Delivers Toys to Children's Hospital Los Angeles - Gotta love a cute guy who gives back... Thanks @maksimc! #Hollywood

Celebrity dancer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, made a visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to deliver toys and books to the children participating in dance therapy recently a publicist was kind enough to share with me, perhaps knowing how much I like cute guys giving back to society?:)

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Maks danced and interacted with patients in the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which brings a wide array of arts experiences to critically and chronically ill children, teens, and families.

The donated toys were collected by Cost Plus World Market, as a part of their Share the Joy program. (Gotta love the name!:) You can see all of the photos from the event on Wire Image here.

Now wasn't that nice? I know many non-celebrities do charitable things for others as unsung heroes in their communities (DD!:), but since Hollywood can be so self-centered and selfish I like to recognize those stars who do give back because children need to see positive TV role-models.

Unlike the Kardashians.

Don't forget to watch the remaining Dancing With the Stars contenders tonight and tomorrow night! 


Thanks @Cision! Enjoy @HughJackman and Deborra-Lee Furness in @WorldVision's promo and sneak peek of my Jeffrey @FashionCares review. #fashionista #faminenomore #charity

By Joy A. Kennelly

Since I last wrote, my blog was selected by Cision, a leading "international media database with more global contacts, more outlets, more detailed profiles than any other solution." Very honored to be included because this means I'll be able to share even more interesting things because now publicists pitch me rather than me having to chase everything down.

Yay me.:)

As I'm working, here's a couple videos you might enjoy until I finish my coverage of the wonderful 19th Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares fundraiser I attended this past Monday at the hip 12th & Midtown 32nd Floor in Downtown Atlanta.

What an amazing event and view! See what I mean? Photo courtesy of Stylist Robert Ballew who was kind enough to shoot this for me when I wasn't able to. We had fun schmoozing together too.12th & Midtown2Founded by Jeffrey Kalinsky, a renowned New York and Atlanta retailer, Fashion Cares raised over $600,000 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF) last year with .93 cents of each dollar actually helping these charities.

Don't hear this that often now do you? Love being part of positive charity endeavors that truly help.GownThis is just one of the gorgeous gowns showcased. More designs to follow I promise. It always takes me awhile to get everything into one blog post so bear with me. My fashion review of the entire event is coming!

In the meantime enjoy this information courtesy of my new Cision recognition...

I like Hugh Jackman and love World Vision's efforts to help children in East Africa having lived in Kenya, Africa myself. Anything African holds a special place in my heart as a result.

Join Hugh Jackman and and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness in supporting World Vision's global campaign to say "Famine No More." 

Continue reading "Thanks @Cision! Enjoy @HughJackman and Deborra-Lee Furness in @WorldVision's promo and sneak peek of my Jeffrey @FashionCares review. #fashionista #faminenomore #charity" »


#Fashion, Food and Wine Festival of #Volleyball Champions at #Raleigh Studios in #Manhattan Beach with #Dig4Kids final wrap-up

By Joy A. Kennelly

This past weekend was so packed with fun activities it's taken awhile to compile pix and information to share with you. John Mayer is amazing in concert fyi.:)

So! Without further ado... (All Photos Courtesy Photographer, Angelique Chacon.)

Last Saturday night I attended the Food, Fashion & Wine Festival honoring three amazing Volleyball Champions as part of the Dinner of Champions presented by The Trade Coach and

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produced by Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch (l) and Olympic Gold Medalist, Eric Fonoimoana (r) aka "the Body" and Founder of Dig4Kids, the beneficiary of the evening.

Now here's the Beach Volleyball greats who were honored:

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Linda Hanley aka Linda Robertson who has a great sense of humor and an amazing athletic career. Definitely a female trend setter on many levels. (She was wearing the jacket because it was freezing in the windy NY Backlot of Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach. Heat lamps next year please!:)

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Chris Marlowe aka "CI" who you might recognize if you happen to live in CO or enjoy basketball since he's the Denver Nuggets play-by-play announcer for the NBA. He's a talker!:)

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and Steve Obradovich aka "OB." What made me laugh is that those who introduced him said, You either love him or you hate him, no in between. The first beach volleyball ball buster.:)

They all are so talented and amazing athletes. It was wonderful to hear their life stories and see the videos Fox created to showcase them visually. It was also fun to see Manhattan Beach over the years and know that I've watched the very same volleyball games from that very same beach that thousands of spectators have also over the years.IMG_6467  Prior to the event launching we enjoyed a little street art by Artist Andy Brown.
IMG_6447 OB bought one of Artist Andy Brown's pieces Andy created during the evening which Chris "Geeter" McGee later auctioned  off.
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Not only were these three amazing Olympic and other award-winning tournament volleyball athletes honored, there were also these amazing athlete pros in attendance (Sinjin Smith, Mike O'hara, Brent Frohoff, Gene Selznic, Larry Rundle, Barbra Fontana, Jim Menges (seen here in a clip from his risque acceptance speech at last year's event.)

Tim Hovland Tim Hovland (I believe that's him in this pic) introducing one of the honorees with some pretty funny stories, Mike Dodd, the recent, now former, AVP Commissioner, IMG_6584 and former professional volleyball player in his own right.  Mike Lambert and  Eliza Cost & Eric Fonoimoana Eric Fonoimoana shown here with his wife, Eliza Cost.

Before the main events began, guests wandered throughout the NY Backlot enjoying delicious local South Bay Cuisine and drinks.

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Our first stop, Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach.:)

IMG_6453 Lisa Hemmat of Lido di Manhattan Beach served delicious appetizers too. You might recognize her from Chef Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares show this past Spring.

IMG_6460This bar and El Gringo's tacos were a big hit with many guests too.

Bob Meistrell Body Glove CEO was in attendance (seen below with Angelique Chacon), as were numerous media & residents. IMG_6456 

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Manhattan Beach City Council Members, Wayne Powell, Mayor Pro Tem, Richard Montgomery, & Mayor Mitch Ward enjoyed themselves too.
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IMG_6445 Richard with last year's honoree, Jim Megnes.

 The biggest highlight of the pre-show was a really great fashion show. I can say that because I've covered numerous fashion shows for LA Fashion Week for the past few years.

 High quality all the way. Just ask the guys.

I've never seen any fashion show have so many whistles blown, cat calls, and hooping and hollering males. It was hilarious! They calmed down a little once they realized the girls would just keep coming out looking gorgeous. LOL

Here's a sample of the models wearing Body Glove bikinis, Meghan Fabulous dresses & cover-ups, sexy heels by Michael Antonio and jewelry by Lost Bird. I believe there were a few other designers represented, but unfortunately don't have that information available. (If you know, leave a comment and I'll incorporate it later

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Volleyball Player/DJ Jeff A. Murrell kept the night moving while Miss CA Nicole Johnson introduced the entire show. IMG_6471
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My favorite designer of the evening was Meghan Fabulous and her latest designs. Aren't these beautiful dresses and cover-ups? I love her ethnic influences.

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You can see more of the fashion show and pictures from the entire evening on Facebook at the 5th Annual Dinner of Champions Fan Page.

IMG_6560 Eric officially welcomed everyone to the honoree part of the evening before turning it back over to Geeter who teased, hugged, and welcomed the honorees up after their video had shown all their athletic achievements (of which there were many!) Numerous athletes were invited to reminisce about the honorees too.

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We were so cold by the end we ducked out while OB was talking which is why I don't have more pictures of his experience, but I'm sure it was great too! 

You can see more pictures of the fashion show Angelique took here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=201892&id=568603599

If you'd like to become a fan of this event to be kept in the loop for next year, click here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=29150&id=130203947005866
 

 

 

 

 


Dig4Kids Fundraiser update & Welcoming Troops home from Iran & Afghanistan 8/11/2010

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just in case you're looking for images from the Fashion, Food & Wine Festival fundraiser last night over at Raleigh Studios benefitting Dig4Kids, I will have more to share soon. I invited my photographer friend, Angelique Chacon, to shoot for me since my cameras are acting up right now and she's got a great eye and much better camera.

In the meantime if you continue scrolling through my blog, you will be able to read commentary of last night's wonderful event (but just realize my Blackberry camera has limitations right now!:) I had no idea so many Olympic athletes came out of the Manhattan Beach Open. Really amazing to see them live and in person which was a real treat.

What I also appreciated was seeing how down-to-earth and real everyone was in spite of, or because of, their achievements. What surprised me though, was to learn how many had bad tempers since I always thought everyone playing had good sportsmanship. Guess we're all human, right?:) Maybe they've outgrown it since they're no longer competing.

It was just fun to relive certain memories as the videos played showcasing each honoree's life story. I grew up in the 70's and 80's living on the beach and totally remember all those hairstyles and clothing. And I'm pretty sure I probably went to school with a few of the athletes who became famous for beach volleyball too because their last names sounded familiar.

In high school, I hung out with the church & smart kids crowd though which is why it's not as close a memory as it is to others.:) Plus, being as freckled and light skinned as I am, I burn so quickly I couldn't stay out on the beach too long which kept me out of the volleyball world too.

Moving right along.

I saw this video and just had to share it here too because more people need to see it. I don't care what you think of Bush, it is very classy to take time from your retirement to welcome our troops home and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.

(Unlike a current vacationing President... Sorry, it just needed to be said and you know it too.)

If anything, watch it to recognize our troops and realize how much we owe them for our current freedoms. I for one, am very grateful. I love America and will always support it.

God Bless!


Food, Fashion and Wine Festival Featuring The Dinner of Champions Comes to Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach Saturday, August 21 6pm - 10pm Benefits Dig4Kids

By Joy A. Kennelly

Looking forward to attending the Food, Fashion & Wine Festival honoring sports legends, Linda Hanley, Chris Marlowe & Steve Obradovich this Saturday, August 21, from 6pm - 10pm at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach.   Ffwprogram-1 I'm especially happy to attend because this event also benefits Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Fonoimoana's Dig 4 Kids Education Foundation. Watch the video below to learn more about this awesome volleyball charity!

This is exactly why I admire some of our local professional volleyball athletes so much. Some are such amazing role models to the community and a real blessing to children who need them now more than ever.

If you join us you will also enjoy a live art show by Andy Brown. South Bay restaurants are serving food and wine will be served by One Hope, Rosenthal and Thomas Halby.

I love a good food & wine festival with art, especially when it benefits a charity. I've never seen the NY Backlot of Raliegh Studios either which is where it will be held.  How fun!

The other fun aspect this ambitious fund-raiser event has included is a fashion show (another favorite event of mine) hosted by the current MISS CALIFORNIA USA® Nicole Johnson and AVP announcer, Chris "Geeter" McGee.

If Geeter is the same guy who was emceeing the recent Six Man Magnum game, I'm sure it's going to be a very funny evening.

Also, the models are MISS CALIFORNIA USA® contestants and professional volleyball athletes which means lots of eye candy for all the guys who attend because they're wearing swim suits and casual wear from Body Glove, Sledge, Jayime Jean, O'Neill, Lost Bird and stylish shoes by Michael Antonio.

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Just think, it's a worthy cause too which means you can write off your schmoozing and ogling!:)

But on a more serious note, here's the official statement from Dig4Kids Founder and Olympic Gold Medalist, Eric Fonoimoana, himself from the press release:

"I grew up in Manhattan Beach and as a kid, I loved watching the legends of beach volleyball compete. The Manhattan Beach Open Dinner of Champions was established to remember those who have won the Manhattan Beach Open and thank them for being a role model and ambassador of our sport."

Don't miss your chance to mix and mingle with legends of the Manhattan Beach Open and all the special guests in attendance. It's not too late to buy a ticket.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by clicking this Ffwparticipants1 or going to www.digforkids.org or at the door.

For more information, please visit www.civiccouch.com or email: Brad@civiccouch.com. 


#Walk With Sally's #White Light, White Night Fundraiser, July 10, 2010 with #Rocco Delucca & the Burden #in

By Joy A. Kennelly

I'm looking forward to attending the Walk With Sally White Light, White Night Fundraiser tomorrow night and thought you might like to join me and other celebrities, South Bay socialites, philanthropists, and music lovers all dressed in white who are also supporting this worthy cause. Rooftop Dining
Doesn't it look amazing? There's still tickets left which you can buy here. All the money raised supports Walk With Sally which provides mentor support programs and services to children, parents or siblings with cancer. 

Here's some official info from the press release:

"White Light White Night serves to benefit Walk With Sally, a South Bay non-profit organization that provides free-of-charge mentoring support programs and services for children across Los Angeles who are living with or have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. 'Last year, White Light White Night alone allowed us to fund 50 new mentor relationships, and maintain the existing 40 friendships,' says Walk With Sally’s Founder, Nick Arquette. 'This year, we hope to not only maintain these relationships but foster 60 new friendships with mentors.'"

Their tag line is: one child at a time, one heart at a time. Isn't that sweet? I love it.

Have to admit, when I saw the invite below, at first I thought I would be seeing the sexy Chef Rocco DiSpirito foodie that I am, which is why I thought it would be fun to attend. Obviously read it wrong!Wlwn2010std_rocco_FINAL
However, have to also admit, learning it's actually going to be the band, Rocco Deluca and the Burden, I'm not disappointed one iota.  

Here's one of their beach music videos to jog your ears in case you can't place them. Once you hear, I'm sure you'll recognize their music since they're very popular.


Gotta love talented Rocco's doing their thing!

Now that I also know BLAZE PR, a company I worked for ages ago very briefly is involved, I know it will be top-notch. This will be the first South Bay fundraiser event I've ever attended and not produced now that I think about it.

I was actually supposed to volunteer for this event, but my mother went into the hospital for a month with serious heart complications and that prevented me from doing anything other than caring for her. She's great now which is why I am looking forward to enjoying myself with friends I haven't seen in awhile and supporting such a worthy cause.

Here's another description of the charity from the press release:

"Walk With Sally is dedicated to providing mentoring support programs and services to children of parents or siblings with cancer – one child at a time, one heart at a time. Walk With Sally 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 through free of charge mentoring support programs and services that provide an emotionally safe environment for children to share their difficult experience with someone who has suffered the same. 

A Los Angeles-based, registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Walk With Sally can be found on the web at http://www.WalkWithSally.org." 

And if that's not enough incentive to attend, perhaps viewing these BMW beauties in person will persuade you? I love luxury vehicles, don't you?

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Come on out, support Walk With Sally and enjoy a little music by Rocco Deluca and the Burden, a little nosh courtesy of local restaurants, and a whole lot of auction fun. See you there!

But if you can't make it, consider becoming a mentor because I'm sure they'd love to have you volunteer too. Here's a recent Good Day LA TV newscast highlighting a child who's been mentored after his father died suddenly from cancer. http://www.myfoxla.com/dpp/good_day_la/walk-with-sally-fundraiser-20100709 

So heart warming isn't it? That's all tonight. Have a great weekend whatever you end up doing.



Goodwill Hunting at the Goodwill

By Joy A. Kennelly

Wrapping up the end of my community service finally which feels good. The first place I volunteered didn't offer very many hours a day and because everyone was so efficient we finished early all the time. I was sick, had my bike accident, relatives visiting, two funerals to mourn and job hunting which didn't help get my hours in either.

However, just started at Goodwill and am so happy only a few more hours to go. Time flies when you're having fun is true. This has truly been an interesting experience to observe human nature and work with people I would normally not associate with which is always good - gotta expand your comfort zone or get stagnant I say.

My first gig included working with someone who had gone to prison for shooting at his girlfriend and her lover seven times earlier in his life and was working off some traffic issue (I think a DUI since he had so many hours). Nice enough guy, but not someone I normally would ever meet or work with which was a little uncomfortable. Nothing personal, just stating my feelings.

The others were there for DUI's, and other minor traffic stuff just like me. What was fascinating at that place is the sense of entitlement one of the women had about stealing food from the charity. Hello, what part of this is community service, not they serve you, don't you get?

She was so ignorant she ended up getting another traffic penalty right when she was supposed to be finished and now has even more time to work off. Guess she didn't learn her lesson, right? LOL I know I have because once is enough.

The irony of this is that whenever I'm about to make a huge career leap I always have something like this happen which causes me to take time out of my life, slow down and evaluate what I want out of life. Fortunately, it doesn't happen too often because once I learn a lesson it's learned. Then I move forward more focused on my future plans.

What has been really enjoyable about my new gig is the people I'm working with at the Goodwill Store actually appreciate my work ethic and are constantly complimenting my efforts which is such a contrast to the last place. These co-workers kept asking me where I'd worked before because I guess not all volunteers work the way I do.

Not to brag, but just stating a fact because I was so demoralized after the last gig where it seemed like if you were a slacker, played up to the morbidly obese supervisor, stole food in front of everyone, and basically did what you wanted, you were rewarded. There were some really good workers too, don't get me wrong, but there were a lot who took advantage of the situation too.

I don't work well in that type environment. Tell me what my parameters are, what you want me to do, how you want it done, be respectful and honest and we're all good. That's what impressed me about the Goodwill right away.

They actually held an orientation to explain what was expected, how they liked things to be done, and a code of conduct was provided which I signed to indicate I would abide by their rules.

Real professional. I have really enjoyed this new experience immensely. Helps to work with fun people and meet quirky characters too to help the time fly. My first day there, a homeless woman named Carol arrived around 11am and ended up staying until I left at 6pm. We let her hang out because we're really there to help people like her after all.

She had the absolute worst smell and would walk around the store wearing a jacket she had selected off the racks all the while trying on hats, touching everything, and pulling out pieces of clothing which she would display on the racks above the rest of the clothing the entire time.

Since my job was to put all the clothes away it became a little frustrating to deal with and I asked her politely to put things away once she was done not sure if she'd understand enough to comply, or what since I've not had any previous experience with homeless people and find them to be crazy.

That's my judgmental/non-Christ-like side raising it's ugly head, hate to admit it. I realized once I began communicating with her God had brought her into my life to teach me patience and compassion. The first time she explained to me that she was displaying the clothes to make up her mind on which item she would select to purchase later.

Isn't that cute? Especially since we all knew it would never happen.

She also explained she used to live with a man who ran a Goodwill and loved the Goodwill. I treated her like a normal person which I could see made her feel good. It was sad to watch her try to communicate with other customers because it was obvious they were just tolerating her and she was making no sense to them whatsoever.

She kept pulling out clothes throughout the day and again, I politely asked her to put them back when she was done. This time she explained she was a seamstress and was admiring the way they were sewn. She was extremely polite and well-mannered which made me wonder what her life had been like prior to becoming homeless.

She smelled exactly the way the back of the cheap African taxis had smelled when we had traveled throughout Kenya alongside all the native Africans - unshowered, no deodorant, packed like sardines, and so bad smelling you could barely breath. I had completely forgotten about that part of our African experience, but her scent created a flashback to my seventh grade year which was pungent and haunting.

Carol kept us entertained throughout the day, but she wasn't the only crazy to pop in that day. Another woman, who looked completely normal mind you, came to the checkout counter and began talking crazy talk about the Tweety Bird Conspiracy. I've never heard of that. Have you? LOL

When the cashier attempted to give her back ten dollars change she refused to accept it saying it was contaminated or some such nonsense. Thank you for your donation crazy lady. Oh dear, being judgmental again, aren't I?:)

Another guy seemingly had changed the price tags on an item and then threatened to sue when the manager checked to make sure the right price was given. The overweight, sweaty man became very belligerent and demanding over something that cost only $2.99!

Interesting study of human nature again is all I have to say. If you're stuck on characters for your script, or novel, go volunteer at your local Goodwill. I assure you your writer's block will be broken because of who you will observe shopping. Not everyone is out-there, but there are enough that are which makes it fun.

My 21 year gay co-worker is a real trip. I've had a lot of fun goofying around with her (as my good friend Ara likes to say. Love you Ara, but you crack me up sometimes girl!)

I told her I'd write about our experience so it's cool. When I told her about signing up for some dating site she said she didn't believe in commitment, was against relationships and everything they stood for. Now do you see why sometimes people wonder why gay marriage is such a big deal? I know, she doesn't represent everyone in that community, but still, I think a lot of gay people feel that way if they were to ever admit it out loud.

Not to get political because I'm not in the mood to argue, just stating an observation.

We kept holding up cute skirts telling her they'd look good on her and she played along like a good sport joking right back even though she's really jonsing for a pair of black Levi's 503's she saw. I made the mistake of telling her I thought a customer was hot and she embarrassed me to death by speaking loudly about my comment saying I should grow some and tell him!

Even though people have a hard time believing it, I can be very shy, especially around men I'm attracted to. I don't think I've blushed that red in a LONG time! It was really funny. My other co-worker Liz, when I told her what had happened, shared she'd gotten up her courage to talk to a guy she liked when he shopped at the store and she ended up dating him for three years.

Just goes to show you...

I was surprised there were so many attractive men shopping there, but it's a total hipster place to shop after all. Apparently vinyl records are what some of the guys look for, others just like the inexpensive clothes.

Not used to being there since I normally never shop for second hand anything. The last time I was at this particular store was with a friend who loves thrifting, almost to an obsession.

She shall remain nameless, but those of you who know me, know who I might be referring to I'm sure. LOL God love her, but there are people who throw garage sales and donate clothes to charities and those who shop them.

I'm of the latter camp.

However, after sorting clothes and items for hours on end I could see why people enjoy it. Target and other companies donate here regularly which means some items are new and very inexpensive. Speaking of which, this next week-end August 28th and 29th all the clothing is only $2.00 at all Goodwill stores.

All sales final. No return or exchange on sale items. Not valid with any other offers. No other discounts apply. Apparel currently priced at less than $2 remains at the lower price.

Just thought I'd give them a little plug because they're such a worthy charity and are trying to achieve a sales goal of one million dollars this month. Help a homeless person out and shop!

Gotta run. More later. Just getting approvals. Thanks!


Any dentists available for pro bono work please?

A friend I trust just sent me this plea for help and I thought to help her I'd publicize this in hopes some kind-hearted people would consider helping her out. It's really awful and just another reminder, that there, but for the grace of God go I seeing as I don't have healthcare either.

(And now is not the time to tell me you think Papa O is going to save me and provide this - if Hillary couldn't get universal healthcare taken care of in eight years, I don't see it happening any time soon myself. But this isn't about politics, it's about a single mother's desperate plea for help.)

Here's the original request:

Hi my friends,
 
I am reaching out to you as most of you know Tamalin (my best friend/ business partner) was in a terrible accident and has shattered her jaw and teeth.She's a single mom raising a 13yr old daughter with a music career.  She has gone in for surgery for her jaw and has recovered from that but now she's starting her procedure for her teeth. Unfortunately before she can start any cosmetic surgery she needs 9 root canals. Unfortunately Medi-Cal keeps rejecting the Dr. request for her treatment especailly when she needs it as she is starting to get infections in her gums. Please  help us raise funds for her first root canal procedure!!! Every little bit counts. She only has 23 days to meet her goal otherwise she won't receive any funds.

Thank you
 

Azumi Williams
310.927.8311
www.seasideice.com

If you, or someone you know, is able to help, please contact Azumi directly, or pledge directly on this woman's site. God bless you all.


Uploaded all the fun details of the Hermosa Beach Christmas Village...

By Joy A. Kennelly

Check out www.thejoywriter.typepad.com/thejoywriterpr for a pictorial story of the day and events. Thanks for coming out to those who did! Many stores are still offering special discounts and if you missed Sunday, I'm sure you would be able to catch some another day too.

Lastly, it's not too late to contribute either financially or physically with cash or food items to Project NEEDS over at St. Paul's Church in Redondo Beach, CA. We're still collecting stuff over at The Shore and you can drop donations at Becker Surf too. Project NEEDS served 1,000 people last month alone and your help is definitely needed.

For more information about Project: NEEDS, contact:

St. Paul’s UMC 310-370-4319
Rev. Cheryl Kelly 310-370-4319
Adriana Romero 310-370-4319
Pat Hyink 310-370-0332

A Homeless Outreach Ministry of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
2600 Nelson Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
310-370-4319
www.stpaulsrb.org
stpaulsprojectneeds@verizon.net

That's all for now. Thanks for popping by. Have a good one y'all.


Huckabee, Obama, McCain, AVP's, & The Shore Restaurant and Lounge

By Joy A. Kennelly

Watching the new Huckabee Show - did you know it existed? I didn't till now. Very interesting. Geraldine Ferraro,  Dave Ramsey, and cute Elizabeth Hasselbeck were on it.

I've put a link to Whoopi Goldberg's opinion on racism that Elizabeth counteracts tearfully on The View. It is worth watching if you're curious about another perspective than mine. Dave is actually a Christian financial guy who has a very popular radio program.

Huckabee was asking what everyone recommended for the financial situation which I've not been listening to very closely, but wanted to tell you what type of guests he had on. The VP of Fox Business referred people to the Community Reinvestment Act to see what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were originally designed to accomplish. Click on the link if you're curious.

This is too cute. Huckabee's closing his show with what sounds like a church band what with all the guitars, doing a cover of Only in America sung a little off-key and not very passionately. Too cute. Go Huckabee. Guess he's clinging to his church roots.

Oh, and because some don't always read comments, I'm reposting some key links a friend sent me that you might not have heard or read before re: Obama's connection to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and his personal pay-out (above others who've been statesmen longer!)

I'm doing it here because generally whatever I link to rises to the top of Google and this is important. Democrats, I dare you to watch and read this then comment:

Explosive Video, Fannie Mae CEO calling Obama and the Dems the "Family" and "Conscience" of Fannie Mae

And from Investor's Business Daily, The Real Culprits In This Meltdown

From a blog called, HotAir - Whose policies led to the credit crisis?

And the Holy Grail of the newspaper world, The New York Times, from September 11, 2003 New Agency Proposed to Oversee Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

Okay, enough of that. It is Saturday after all, but didn't want to leave that thought from yesterday just hanging there. Oh, and by the way, I really enjoyed hearing Obama speak during the debate last night. Surprised me at his knowledge of foreign relations, but did feel like I was being lectured by a college professor vs. someone with actual life experience as I felt when listening to McCain.

It's going to definitely be interested. Can't wait for the Palin/Biden debate next. I'm becoming my parents - help!

Here's some pix from fun events I've either attended, or thrown recently. The first is last Sunday's AVP's Men's championships with the recent Olympic athletes (whose names I don't know, but enjoyed viewing nonetheless. Oh, you can find out more by clicking on the link. Sorry, not that into sports, just hot guys. Especially shirtless ones. Now do you know why I love living near the beach? lol)

If you scroll down the pix fast enough it's almost you were watching them play!:) I thought this year's seating arrangements for the MB AVP's were the best ever. Lots of available viewing and seating for everyone.

Thank you AVP organizers!

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Here's some highlights. One night I hit two back-to-back with a client and then had to dash down to The Shore for another one. Needless to say, I was emotionally, physically and mentally drained by the end of the night.

One particular event was to raise awareness for Project Reina which keeps African American and Latina women and girls HIV/AIDS free through the promotion of education, prevention and wellness. Go to www.projectreina.org for more information.

Actress Gina Ravera (The Closer, ER) started this movement and was on hand to promote the artist's work and her project. If I had known who she was (she's much smaller in person), I would have taken her pic too, but didn't open the press kit till just now. That's a bummer too because I really like The Closer. Oh well...

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Outside This was such an elegant event it was really pleasant. Hated to leave.

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This was The Shore's BMW/Equinox USC v. OSU football game viewing party. Bummer for USC. We're an equal opportunity venue and will be hosting UCLA's Alumni Association on October 16 at The Shore for a wine tasting. All are welcome!

Okay, I think that's all for now!:)



Muscular Dystrophy Association Fundraiser raised over 45k!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Here's some of my pix from the recent Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraiser held at The Shore before my camera died. Suzanne, the organizer, promises to send me more and I'll upload them when I get them too.
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The total amount raised was over $45,000, which will go directly to MDA’s Summer Camp for kids with neuromuscular diseases.  Camp is free for the camper and is an opportunity for our kids to spend time away from their families and to participate in various activities with others kids that have similar disabilities.  Activities include swimming, talent shows, arts and crafts, and other things you would find at any other summer camp.

Congratulations to all our fundraisers!

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2000 Olympic Gold Medalist and current Realtor, Eric Foinoimoana, greets one of Jerry's Kids with Suzanne Gutterman, organizer of the Lock-up.

Greycie & rack Luna G store owner/stylist, Greycie brought some of her wares and donated 20% of the sales to Jerry's Kids.
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Group shot of TShore There were lots of raffle items and everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by The Shore's Chef David Linville.

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Eric behind bars When everyone arrived they were rustled into jail to get their "mug shot" taken and kept "locked up" until they raised bail. Eric raised over 4,000 and was allowed to leave - don't worry.:)

Here's a blurb on his business from his website - www.goldenfonoi.com: "As a professional athlete and Olympic Gold Medal winner, Eric understands the dedication, passion, and commitment it takes to win on the court. As a local figurehead, real estate expert, and community activist, he understands the unique circumstances and special needs that VIP, executive, and celebrity clientele have. Eric's unique combination of professional experience, industry knowledge, and integrity makes him the ideal representative for any upscale executive clients in the South Bay or the state of California."

Thanks for coming Eric!

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Here were some handsome fundraisers who spent the day helping out. I teased the middle guy for slumming in Hermosa since he was from Manhattan.

JR checking in2 Speaking of Hermosa, our Mayor J.R., popped in and raised his bail quite quickly! We have some really fun pictures of him behind bars, but my camera died just as I was taking his pic. Lucky thing, eh? All the beach city mayors showed up in support which was great. Look for their "mug shots" in the paper this week.

Jr behind bars That's our Mayor JR, can you tell? Thanks for coming out and supporting Jerry's Kids JR!

Mda check out These lovely ladies checked everyone out and collected all the money. Thanks ladies!

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Everyone was provided with Sprint phones to make calls and raise money. These guys were just having too much fun! The guys below show what hard work it was.
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Jason, chef, jerry's kid, suzanne2 - best The Shore Co-Owner and in-house Music Stylist, Jason Baran, Chef David Linville, a special MDA guest (whose name escapes me-sorry!), and MDA Organizer extraordinaire, Suzanne Gutterman.

All in all, it was a really special day and we're all glad we participated. Lots of great people came by and raised a whole lot of money which is great! Now, I really must run. More pictures I promise!

Have a great day!


Today was a great day! Over 30k raised for Jerry's Kids!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Man, it really feels good when a charity you've been supporting does well and your event goes well too. The only bummer was my camera battery died an hour into the event, but I've been promised pix which I'll share as soon as I receive them ok?

    Today The Shore Restaurant and Lounge hosted the Annual Telethon Executive Lock Up with the South Bay Beaches.

    Local executives raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association while participating in a Lock-up held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The mayors of all three cities showed their support and participated in raising funds. Look for HB Mayor JR Reviczky's mug shot to appear in next weeks' The Easy Reader and The Beach Reporter - too fun.

Together, everyone raised almost 40k today! YEAH!!!!! I'll have the exact figure soon and will share then.

            Local volunteers arrested jailbirds from their place of work and whisked them away to be taken behind bars for one hour to raise bail for “Jerry’s Kids”. At the jail cell, jailbirds had their mug shot taken, enjoyed The Shore’s delicious version of bread and water courtesy of Executive Chef David Linville, Chef & food2 networked with other local friendly felons, and turned in their pre-raised bail or $2,400 (to send three kids to summer camp) and then were returned back to work by MDA's officers.

    Jailbirds who raised their bail, had the opportunity for their name and picture to appear on MDA's local Telethon. Local 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist for Volleyball, Eric Foinoimoana, raised over $4,000 today and won a beautiful men's long-sleeve shirt courtesy of Greycie Baran and her store, Luna G in one of the numerous raffles held all day long. Thank you Eric!

Those jailbirds who hadn’t pre-raised their bail were given cell phones provided by Sprint Wireless to make additional calls to bail themselves out of jail. Transportation to and from jail was provided by Land Rover of South Bay and Avalon Premium Transportation. Thank you everyone!

            The bail money raised today will go directly to MDA’s free Summer Camp for kids with neuromuscular diseases.  Summer Camp is an opportunity for our kids to spend time away from their families and participate in various activities with others kids that have similar disabilities.  Activities include swimming, talent shows, arts and crafts, and other things you would find at any other summer camp.

       Now do you see why I'm so happy? If you'd like to donate to this worthy cause, please click here: http://www.mda.org/help/donate/

Thank you!


SBPC's Surfrider Benefit/Tasting Party at The Shore hosted by She's Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd

By Joy A. Kennelly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION AND THE SHORE RESTAURANT TASTING PARTY BENEFIT  BY CHEF DAVID LINVILLE RAISED MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR SURFRIDER FOUNDATION  Surfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, Hosted

 South Bay, CA--- The Shore Restaurant’s Chef David Linville and Co-Owners, Jason Baran Jason & greycie2 and Dr. Rainer Beck, along with South Bay Professional Connection Founder, Joy A. Kennelly, Joy & rainer - sm   co–hosted a tasting party benefiting Surfrider Foundation during an evening of networking, music, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine, environmentalism and beauty in Hermosa Beach, CA at The Shore Restaurant on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Model Finalist, Melissa ToddMelissa todd long-short hosted the evening and interviewed attendees, Chef David Linville, Tom, melissa, chef2 Surfrider Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, Melissa interviewing alan2 and others on camera, and announced winners of the evening’s raffle prizes which included a $50 Dinner for Two to The Shore Restaurant, a designer dress donated by Luna G’s Stylist,  Greycie  Baran, Raffle winner2 and Spyder beach chairs donated by Surfrider Foundation. Melissa & Greycie2

    Chef David Linville served numerous internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine appetizers during the tasting party with the Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction as the hands down favorite, and the Crab Cakes served with cream sauce a close second. Food display with jl2 Guitarist James McKenna played acoustically throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation South Bay Chapter Chairperson, Craig Cadwallader and Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, explained Surfrider’s mission Alan & craig2and encouraged guests to speak out in favor of banning the use of plastic bags due to the negative environmental impact. Group shot near surfrider2 $500 was raised from entry fees and t-shirt sales for the charity.

Curly Hair and Color Specialist, Kym Chartrand of Maximus Salon in Hermosa Beach, sponsored the networking contest’s goody bag prize Kym with goody bags2 which guests: Independent Producer, Ed Sanders; Ed with filming in the background2 Senior VP Wachovia Securities, Mike Girardi; Skychick, Ramona Cox;  Restaurant Consultant, John Bowler;  and Manhattan Beach Resident, Colleen  First;Group shot near bar2 Paige & Coleman Interior Designer, Miriam Paige; Strong Project Sales Manager, Mike Pochepan; Chiropractor, Chris Ullman; Group shot with mike inside2   Creative Director, Hermosa Shorts Festival, Tom Kearney;  Manhattan Beach Stylist, Victoria Coleman; Tom kearney2 and  others enjoyed. Actor/Producer Patrick Kilpatrick was delayed casting his film, Vain Attempt, and Fitness Model, Brenda Kelly's flight delay prevented her from attending.  Julie, joy & kym2 Bar scene2


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ABOUT THE SHORE

Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville,  Chef2 formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Dining at The Shore allows guests to feel relaxed and catered to as if transported to a faraway locale while enjoying fresh, internationally inspired CA comfort food.  Mushrooms2

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the 11 plasma/projection screens, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance.  Setting2 After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ's. For more information, please review: www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com or call 310 376-0414.

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION

The South Bay Professional Connection’s (SBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. SBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.

South Bay Professional Connection achieves these goals through membership, special events, a comprehensive calendar of events, local, state and national government advocacy, public-private partnerships, and public relations/marketing for members.

Inquiries:

Joy A. Kennelly

The Joy Writer PR & Marketing  (310) 714-2077 thejoywriterpublicity (at) gmail (dot) com


South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) Announces June 25 Surfrider Benefit at The Shore with TVLand's She's Got the Look, Melissa Todd, hosting

By Joy A. Kennelly

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION (SBPC) ANNOUNCES A TASTING PARTY AT THE SHORE RESTAURANT IN HERMOSA BEACH, CA ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2008 from 5:30PM – 8:00PM

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Hosted by TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” Finalist, Melissa Todd; Evening benefits The Surfrider FoundationSurfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

South Bay, CA The South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) announces a Tasting Party at The Shore Restaurant featuring Executive Chef David Linville’s menu of fresh, internationally inspired California comfort cuisine from 5:30pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Hermosa Beach, CA.

TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” finalist, Melissa Todd, a Redondo Beach native, will host the evening and raffle drawing. 100% of the $20 suggested entry fee donation will be given to The Surfrider Foundation. Goody bags will be given to the top 20 winners of the SBPC networking questionnaire contest open to all attendees.

The Shore’s Executive Chef Dave’s Chef david- best Tasting menu includes: Garlic Shrimp sauteed in compound butter with goat cheese crustinis; Shrimp Crimini Mushrooms stuffed with spinach, shallots and smoked bacon; a Greek Trio served with hummus, tapenade, tiziki and toasted pita; Ginger Soy Marinated Poki served with shaved Japanese pickled cucumbers and fried wontons; Buttermilk and Tabasco marinated Southern Fried chicken with Belgium waffles and maple syrup; Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction; Crab Cakes served with Dijon cream sauce, and Mac & Cheese with Amsterdam imported cheese enhanced by a well-rounded international wine list. “It’s all about the food,” says Chef Dave. “I love the South Bay because people care more about enjoying my food than they do about being seen.”

An experienced TV host/model, Melissa Tank Top Pic 4 E-Mail Todd, will host the raffle offering a $50 Gift Certificate to The Shore, a designer dress donated by local retailer Luna G’s Personal Stylist, Greycie Baran, among other items. Melissa will be available for guest’s questions and comments about her appearance on TV Land’s show, “She’s Got the Look,” throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation information will be available for interested guests to review and additional donations will be accepted throughout the evening.

The Shore is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 and is open Monday through Friday: 5:00pm - 1:45am and Saturday and Sunday: 1:00pm - 1:45am. Executive Chef David Linville, formerly with Standard Hotel Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel, Mastros Beverly Hills, and St. Regis Hotel, offers an internationally inspired California comfort cuisine menu. For more information, please review: www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com or call 310 376-0414.

ABOUT THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION

The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. TSBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.

ABOUT MELISSA TODD

“She’s Got the Look” model, Melissa Todd, a sexy 38-year-old originally from Redondo Beach, CA, is a finalist on TV Land’s new series, in collaboration with Wilhelmina Models, Inc., which seeks to discover a sophisticated, beautiful and confident woman 35 or older to become the next great supermodel. Prior to her TV Land appearance, Melissa enjoyed an active hosting career as an on-camera host for the Hallmark Channel, Toyota Corp., LA Fitness and a PBS cooking show among others, in addition to commercial & film appearances. She has also graced the covers of Shape, Muscle and Fitness Magazines.

ABOUT THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION Surfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. http://www.surfrider.org or call Nancy Hastings 310 995-7873.

ABOUT THE SHORE

Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Dining at The Shore allows guests to feel relaxed and catered to as if transported to a faraway locale while enjoying fresh, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine. Scallops

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the 11 plasma/projection screens, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ's. For more information, please review: www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com or call 310 376-0414.

(Look for our scallop ad in the local papers!)


Joy Kennelly's Surfrider Fdn promotion & Miami photo blog coverage for your review.

This is an old blog post I wrote in June '08, and in reading it again I realized it is a showcase of what I have done in the past to promote clients through blogging and provide photo essay examples of my travel coverage as well.

I've edited out other information to make this focused on topics I support and love- i.e. Surfrider Foundation and art in Miami.

Enjoy the read.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Ever since returning from Miami I've been going through something of a life/career transition. While vacationing I had the epiphany that although I will always love art and am still open to representing artists, it's not what I want to focus my entire business on any more.

With the economy the way it is...

Here's a quote from a recent NY Times article entitled: Gatekeepers to the Art World, "As contemporary art’s Armory Show in New York concludes this weekend and the auctions unfold later this spring, many are watching to see what impact the sliding economy will have on the art market.

Mary Parr, a director at Cheim & Read in Chelsea, noted that if real estate slows noticeably, the art market follows suit about six months later. High-end collectors, she said, 'don’t get affected as quickly.'

A springtime thaw in prices may well trickle down to the gallery’s front desk. When the public, perhaps of necessity transformed into eligible customers, pushes open those chilly opaque doors, will gallerinas finally look up and smile?"

Click the link here for the entire article. VEERRRRRYYYY Interesting.

That's all I'll say about that. Plus, the other reason to go back to a more diverse client roster is I miss the variety I've always enjoyed. There's something to be said for being a generalist or jack of all trades. I still love artists though! Art rules!

Oh, and since you've been so patient, here's some of my architecture and art pictures from my vacation in Miami, FL.

I've been very busy with producing another event for my South Bay Professional Connection starring Hermosa Beach's own amazing Chef David Linville of The Shore Restaurant, and TVLand's She's Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, a native of Redondo Beach, CA (she's the tall blonde sitting down wearing a black dress to the left of Kim Alexis.) TVLand\'s She\'s Got the Lookwhich will benefit Surfrider Foundation. More details soon.

Now here's Miami and South Beach... I recommend hitting the Jewish Holocaust Memorial, Bass Museum of Art, Ocean Drive (of course! I especially loved visiting Ritz Carlton and the Delano), the Miami Design District and the Lincoln Road art and cafe scene. Very cool.

Enjoy!


Positive South Bay Professional Connection news! (repeated on my wordpress blog too...)

By Joy A. Kennelly

Ever since returning from Miami, FL, I have been slammed with work and unable to catch my breath. (Okay, I did enjoy my Memorial Day holiday BBQ down in San Diego with a very good friend, and my lounging by the pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Sunday, and my playing with two hilarious dogs in Manhattan Beach, but otherwise - working!)

Really can't spare much time today, but did want to share some great news regarding my next South Bay Professional Connection event occurring tomorrow night over at CA Associates and Verch Insurance Services new office in El Segundo from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Here's some pix to showcase what you're in store for.

Just know, next time you see this space, it's going to be packed with people!

We had a great write-up in The Beach Reporter's Business section last Thursday - Thanks Eric! Also, over 1000 postcard invites have been distributed on top of the 100's of emailed invitations and media relations we've all done to promote this event.

I passed out 40 invites alone last night at a PV mixer with lots of people saying they're planning to come. Should be a great mix of businesses, industries and people since Sonja McColgan, the owner and Career Coach extraordinaire of CA Associates, and Darold Verch, her father and owner of Verch Insurance Services, know so many people having been in business for so many years.

For 20 lucky winners of our "Who's the Best Networker?" contest, guests will receive the following beachy type goody bags courtesy of Globiwest Hospitality Group's Holiday Inn Express Century City and LAX:

944 Magazine
Nice Pen or Computer cleaner from Holiday Inn Express LAX or Century City
Lip Balm from Holiday Inn Express Century City
Scented Candle in container
Complimentary Breakfast at Holiday Inn Express LAX or Century City courtesy of Director of Sales, Lana Leazer.

Apparently, not only will you get to meet some great business and local people if you come by, you will also get to experience the local El Segundo Farmer's Market with a live band and all kinds of great produce and other stuff to buy.

However, as a result, please note you need to park behind the building since Main Street will be full. If you've never been to El Segundo, you're in for a real throwback in time. I call it the Mayberry of the South Bay. Others have called it the last real beach community of the South Bay. It's quaint, quiet, and cute. Lots of great restaurants, services, and local people call El Segundo home.

We had such a great time at our last South Bay Professional Connection, I can't wait to see who shows up for this one. For those of you who missed the last one, here's some highlights and pictures to share with you (I'm editing an original post I wrote for This is Hermosa website.)

Last month's attendees included: Sharkeez Owner, Ron Newman & UPAC Member, Kim McMullan ; Hermosa Beach City Council Member, Michael DiVirgilio; Hermosa Beach Resident, Gary Mallette; Union Cattle Owner, Jed Stanford;

Why Was I Dissed? Founder, Rachel Morton ; the Mackinga clan; Jayme Mackinga's groupies; local icon and Club 705 consultant, John Bowler; Hermosa Beach Writer's Group Representative, Gerry Althas-Vazquez; PV resident, Lane Mayhew; Beach Cities Relay for Life Volunteers, Jill Morales and Susan Cohen; Nutritionist Jayne Justice ; RB resident, Christie and HB Resident Lotus; Strong Project El Segundo Representative, Michael Pochepan; Beach Massage Business Development Representative, Kimberly Blaine; A Fresh Face Skincare Owner, Victoria Coleman; Project Touch Representative, Carol Shakely; and out-of-towners/friends like John Herzberg, Lana Leazer, Damien Carmean, and many others came to mix and mingle. Lisa Bollinger graciously managed the door.

Those who attended enjoyed the acoustic guitar of 16 year old Jayme Mackinga who has a voice akin to Corrine Bailey Rae. Everyone loved her music. What impressed me the most was the poise she exhibited while performing for around 100 people who sat in rapt attention while she sang.

Jayme performing

During the break, John Bowler entertained the crowd and invited everyone to support the Beach Cities Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society who had a table set up with all their information. What a great cause and great event coming up! Click the link for all the details and join the team.

Although we didn't raise as much money as I had hoped, it was a great start to a partnership that I hope to continue until the summer's event. Although I personally haven't experienced serious cancer, my grandmother died from lung cancer and my family suffers from non-malignant skin cancer every so often. Damn freckles!

John Pieplow gave a rousing concert which everyone enjoyed as well. He was grateful to be sharing his birthday for such a great cause and had a lot of fun visiting our little city. I'm hoping to get him back at a later date. Everyone who stayed received a free CD of his music as a thank you for coming.

Xavier and his wonderful staff served some great seafood appetizers too. A local HB Resident won the Dinner for Two at The Ardmore in our raffle. Thank you X and all your servers for helping make this a special evening at The Ardmore in 705


THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF CA ASSOCIATES & VERCH INSURANCE SERVICES’ NEW EL SEGUNDO OFFICES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For More Information: Joy A. Kennelly

310.714.2077

thejoywriterpublicity(at) gmail (dot) com

 

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF CA ASSOCIATES & VERCH INSURANCE SERVICES’ NEW EL SEGUNDO OFFICES

With a Networking Celebration on Thursday, May 29, 2008 5:30pm – 7:00pm

South Bay, CAThe South Bay Professional Connection announces the Grand Opening of CA Associates Employment Specialists’ and Verch Insurance Services’ new El Segundo offices with a night of Networking and Celebration on Thursday, May 29, 2008 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.

As part of the Grand Opening Celebration, California Associates‘ Career Coach, Sonja McColgan, will offer resume critiques, information on industry trends and interview techniques while Verch Insurance Specialists will offer complete insurance analysis. Appetizers will be provided by Shark’s Cove Hermosa Beach, CA. A portion of the proceeds from GoChi Juice shots poured will benefit the Brent Verch Memorial Fund. The new El Segundo offices are located at 425 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. RSVP to CA Associates: 310.416.8797.

“We chose to move to Downtown El Segundo because it has been voted the ‘Most Business Friendly,’” says Verch Insurance Services Founder/Owner, Darold P. Verch. Verch Insurance Services is a multi-line, family owned agency with 40 years experience specializing in all types of insurance. For more information, please review: www.verchinsurance.com or call 310 322-1626.

California Associates Employment Specialists focus on placing candidates in Media, Technology, Accounting, Engineering, Human Resources, Fitness, Sales & Marketing, Administration and Entertainment. For more information, refer to: www.caworkingforyou.com or call 310.416.8797.

The Brent Verch Memorial Fund was created to honor Brent Verch and his life’s desire to support his three young niece’s college education. For more information, please refer to: www.brentverch.com

The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interest of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. For more information, please contact Joy A. Kennelly via 310 714-2077 or tsbpc2008 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Send some love to our soldiers for Valentine's!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Very enjoyable weekend attending Michelle Armstrong's "Armstrong Method," but too into the Grammy's to write. 

In the meantime, consider sending some Valentine love to the soldiers listed below!

CPT Rick Landgraf HHC / 319th MI BN
Camp Slayer
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Some good items to send to CPT Rick and his Soldiers:

Toothpaste
Mouthwash
Fly Strips
Tissues
Dental Floss
Deodorant
Candy
Gum
Granola Bars
Beef Jerky
Bug Spray
Skin Lotion
Athletes Foot medicine
Tylenol
Advil
Lip Balm

Below are some Soldiers in his unit do not get things sent to them too much. Their address is the same as Rick's.

PFC Sara Gutierrez (Female)
SPC Robert Still (male)
PFC Jimmy Richards (male)
PFC Jason Harris (male)
PFC Kevin Cabrera (male)
PFC Lewis Green (male)
PFC Shatoni Royal (female)
PFC Ariel Montesino (male)
SPC Malcalisha Jefferson (female)
PFC Tomika Wallace (female)

The above listed Soldiers are either single or their families do not have a lot of money. Anything that is sent would be greatly appreciated.

Happy (early) Valentine's Day everyone! Enjoy the Grammy's everyone!