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GBK Productions Review - Gavin Keilly Keeps On Giving

By Amanda Cortez

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GBK Productions Hosted the 2008 Emmy Award Gift Suite for Nominees and Presenters -

The Mondrian Hotel was filled with lavish gifts and shining stars on Sept.-19 as they wondered over a dozen bedroom suites to collect their spectacular gifts in honor of the 60th Annual Emmy Awards. Each celebrity took home fantastic technological gadgets, health procedures services, elite fashion accessories, and spa products on the market with a value of up to $35,000.

The fabulous gift suite was hosted by a name synonymous with giving back-- Gavin Keilly--founder of GBK Production (formerly GBK Events). This extraordinary “Giving Suite” is benefiting three wonderful causes: Global Green, Jump Start and Save the Tata's.

Thanks to GBK Productions, many non-profit companies have raised millions of dollars for their charities. This year GBK donated $15,000 to each of the participating charities as well as giving each charity a gift bag worth more the 35,000.

Gavin Keilly, founder of both GBK Productions and the Official Celebrity Gift Bags LLC, is on a mission to make a difference in the world and to help as many charities as possible. When coordinating fundraising events, GBK specializes in teaming up non-profit foundations with entertainment in effort to raise millions of dollars per event. So it is no surprise that GBK Productions is in high demand, being that they have coordinated the most sought-after gift suites, including Extra’s Oscar & Emmy Suites, gift lounges for the Golden Globes, MTV Movie Awards, and countless other award shows. GBK has been featured in People Magazine, US Weekly, InStyle, USA Today, Front Page of the New York Times and many others.


  Jumpstart - www.jstart.org

Inspiring children to learn and providing extraordinary attention in yearlong one-to-one relationships, Jumpstart ensures that each and every child enters school prepared to succeed. Early child literacy to nonprofit is working to ensure that every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstarts works with low income preschool children families to develop language in literacy social initiative skills necessary for kindergarten and beyond. Jumpstart partners with various universities around the country and recruits college
students who do a year long service project via Jumpstart.

Global Green - www.globalgreen.org

A non-profit organization founded by activist and philanthropist Diane Meyer Simon and created by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev has set the mission to foster a global value shift towards a sustainable and secure future by reconnecting humanity with the environment. Global Green is currently addressing three of the greatest challenges facing the human society: stemming global climate change, weapons of mass destruction, and polluted drinking water. Long term goals to solving these issues are to create green buildings and cities, elimination weapons of mass destruction, and providing safe drinking water for the 2.5 billion people who lack access to clean water.

Save the Ta-Tas - www.savethetatas.com

Is a foundation targeting the advancement of cancer awareness, education, prevention, and to aid the fight to find a cure. Cloris Leachman from "Dancing with the Stars" and "Desperate Housewives", showed her support along with many other celebrities. Continuing to support organizations such as The Revlon Run and Walk for Women who are leading the way to fight against cancer, Save the Ta-Tas stays true to their purpose of bringing joy and healing to the world.
Hollywood Skin Factory – www.hollywoodlipfactory.com

Butter for your Body. It’s butter for your body said three sisters who were promoting the line that their mother created back in the Philippines. Hollywood Skin Factory is all natural skin care body butter for the whole body. They have a line for your lips, eyes, cheeks, and mineral makeup. Hollywood Skin Factory creates personalize your Gift Box Keepsake for you or someone you care about.

Each wooden keepsake box is hand burned with love. Filled with a 5"x6" personalized occasion of choice hand written card, One Mandarin and Berry Cream Bath Salt 10.1 oz, One Mandarin and Berry Cream Shea Body Butter 4.5 oz, One Key Lime Pie All Natural Soap and One Mom's Mango Bread Soap All Natural. Perfect for Loved ones or Personalized Corporate Thank yous around the Holiday! (Your Company Logo's and HSF Custom Poetry are also available. Please call for pricing)

My Flower Guy – www.myflowerguy.com

Owner Doyle Borden provides flowers for the intimate to the lavish. A local and nationwide delivery service. They do weddings, private dinner parties and other events. They also provide flower for hotels in downtown L.A for holiday occasions as well as weekly interior design décor.

Digs Apparel

Digs – www.dogisgood.com

Dog is Good® was founded by Gila B.Kurtz (professional dog trainer) and Nichole Smith (professional pet photographer) and was inspired daily by their combined group of good dogs: Zoe (dalmation) , Sasha (mutt), Henry (japanese chin) and Olivia (great dane). At Dog is Good® you will find a multitude of clever and stylish human apparel with dog-centric themes.

Leap Frog

Leap Frog -  www.LeapFrog.com

LeapFrog is 100% focused on developing products that will provide the most engaging, effective learning experience - for all ages, in school or home, around the world. We put learning. Leap Frog is highlighting two products:

Didj is a custom gaming system for 6-10 years. Kids can play and learn anywhere with characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Star Wars and more popular shows, and then go online to trade the points they've earned for more modifications to the game worlds, moves, sound effects, music and more.

Tag Reading System - The amazing touch reading system that brings to life reading like never before. As children touch the Tag Reader to the pages of specially printed storybooks, a small camera in the tip "reads" the pages, enabling children to hear words and stories read aloud.  Characters, pictures and learning activities spring to life with every touch, immersing children in the thrill of reading.

Juku Couture

Juku Couture Dolls

Juku Couture Dolls are fashion dolls that are inspired by the mismatched, layered fashion looks that originated in Harajuku, Japan. There are four Juku Couture Dolls and each doll has a personality and clothing can be purchased that keys into the personalities of the dolls. All the clothing can be mixed and matched for multiple looks. The dolls are made of high-quality plastic and also give a bit of a nod to the popular, expensive ball-jointed dolls by having set eyes and enhanced poseability. Little girls will find limitless ways to coordinate and to express themselves.

The Burn Machine

Burn Machine - www.theburnmachine.com

The Burn Machine provides two distinctive types of workouts.  First, the horizontal center bar connecting 360 degree, ergonomically-designed, rotating grips has a patented "Asymmetrical Burn Counterweight" that can be moved from side to side.  This enables symmetrical and asymmetrical workouts without changing machines.  Secondly, utilizing the 360 degree rotating grips, The Burn Machine allows for total control in strength training by allowing the user to find the most comfortable position.  The Burn machine models are designed for development of the critical core strength and improved range of motion.


Muscle Flex - www.muscleflex.tv

Glide your way through fitness. We begin to feel older because we fail to maintain strength and range of motion (flexibility) in our joints. The Muscle Flex safely, easily and naturally lets you feel younger, stronger and better about yourself. Stay young by staying flexible! The Muscle Flex will keep you motivated and young through strength, flexibility and range of motion training! No assembly required.

You Bar

You Bar - www.youbars.com

Fresh hand-made nutrition bars. You make up the bar with your name on it. You go online and choose the ingredients that you want in your bar. The You Bar is essentially, your customized health bar. You can add nuts, protein, various dried fruits, organic agave nectar, honey, chocolate, grains and more.

The Massage Spot

The Massage Spot - www.Massagespot.com

From Hermosa and Manhattan Beach, Massage Spot was on call for those celebs that needed their necks kneaded. Carrying all those fabulous gifts could be hard on your body. The Massage Spot will pamper in one visit with facials, massages, teeth whitening and spray tans.

Dr. Rashid A. Buttar – www.drbuttar.com

Trans-D Tropin, Revolutionary Life Enhancement. Growth Hormone, or GH, therapy has become very popular over the last 10 years as a method of decreasing the effects of aging. But the associated and intentional increase in IGF1, or Insulin Like Growth Factor Type 1, has been highly associated with oncogenisis, causing an increase in cellular proliferation, suppression of apoptosis, and increased risk in over 30 different types of cancers. However, there is a way to increase endogenous, or your body's own, GH while decreasing the undesired IGF1. The story of and the science behind TransD Tropin will be explained.

Cadillac – www.BeautyContact.com

Men like to smell good too. Once you spray it, you experience a masculine, rich and long lasting fragrance for men seeking an inspiring statement of confidence.

Laguna Beach Jeans - www.lagunabeachjc.com

The collection consists of denim, shirts, tees, jackets, and hoodies for men and women. Each jean is carefully handmade and hand stitched to bring out the uniqueness of each garment. The washes are one of a kind, using a special wash technique that enhances the character of the denim. The pocket designs reflect a "beach" frame of mind, as well as making the wearer stand out from a crowd. And most importantly, the fit of the jeans is comfortable yet stylish. In the end, Laguna Beach Jean Company wants everyone to experience a true "OC" lifestyle through their clothing!

Baeth Davis  - www.handanalyst.com

• Palmistry as a form of divination emerged in India over 5,000 years ago
• Hand analysis is a combination of ancient palmistry, the latest scientific data and current advances in human psychology and philosophy
• Hand analysis is NOT predictive (she can't tell you how many children you're going to have or when you're going to meet that tall, dark stranger.)
•  Hand analysis is a repeatable system, based upon thousands of hands studied
•  Hand analysis can be learned, like learning to read or play a musical instrument
•  Hand analysis does not require psychic ability

By looking at the lines on your palms, Baeth can determine where you are experiencing both success and resistance in relationship to your Life Purpose and Life Lesson right now. Everything on your palms is decoded in terms of now? rather than the past or future. Baeth Davis showcased her newly released Anatomy Of The Spirit and offered  each celebrity to receive their readings in the comfort of their own home.

Rough Roses - www.RoughRoses.com

Sheik and stylish contemporary leather handbags. The collection has adorned big stars: Britney Spears, Ellen Lacquered, and Tory Spelling, to name a few. The Rough Roses collection captures the elegant, supple, sexy, and edgy, personality of the brand image. The Rough Roses brand is featured in premiere department stores and high end specialty boutiques worldwide.

Got Grubb - www.gotgrubb.com

Just in case the stars had any little furry friends, Got Grubb, who specializes in fine jeweled pet containers and feeding bowls,  proudly gifted Phylica Rashad with a Swarovski crystal studded container.

Sunset Tan - www.sunsettan.com

Sunset Tan’s ultra modern sun spas are ushering in a new era of world-class, luxury tanning infused with sophisticated esthetics, state-of-art equipment and unparalleled pampering that allows clients to bask in the pleasures of the good life.

Trapeze School – www.TrapezeSchool.com

People who fly on the trapeze come from many different backgrounds and do a lot of different things in their "real" lives. They're teachers, Wall Street traders, opera singers, graphic designers, computer programmers and grandparents - anything you can imagine! But they all share one thing: a love of flying and a desire to fully engage in life. TSNY Los Angeles is dedicated to creating a safe, fun, challenging environment where our students strive to surpass limitations, fulfill their dreams and more richly enjoy their lives.

Essential Chocolate Desserts - www.EssentialChocolate.com

For a sugar jump, delicious desserts were offered: Chocolate Desserts, red velvet cupcakes, Lemon bar, chocolate-dipped pretzels and more.

Keurig - www.Keurig.com

Move over Starbucks, Keurig is here. You can brew up your very own coffee made right in your own home. Keurig, is the #1 single cup manufactured in the U.S.A. 

Fully Loaded Tea - www.FullyLoadedTea.com

They take exotic berries that are full of vitamins and antioxidants, then blend them with premium whole leaf green, black and white teas. Then, they pack each gourmet blend into award-winning, sleek and modern packaging. The result is truly innovative, exceptional tea blends that you won’t find anywhere else in the world!

3LAB www.3lab.com

3LAB's goal when developing its skincare line was not to only treat the skin, but to perfect! The 3Lab line is precisely edited, providing customers with a streamlined range of products to address the needs of every skin type. 3LAB utilizes the highest-grade of botanical ingredients and advanced “state-of-the art” scientific technologies to contest the forces of nature and time. 

Other wonderful gifts included: 

A getaway weekend to the prestigious Waldorf - Astoria -  www.WaldorfAstoriaCollection.com,
A complimentary stay at the Dakota Mountain Lodge in Park City - www.DakotaMountainLodge.com
Trump’s Resort in Las Vegas – www.trumpcasinos.com
Free Lasik eye surgery from Gary Kawesch and the Laser Eye Center - www.2020Eyesite.com
Teeth whitening by Dr. Catrise Austin - www.VipSmiles.com
Pet food for a year from Merrick Pet Care - www.MerrickPetCare.com
Custom pool tables from Mars-Made - www.Mars-Made.com
Eco-friendly vacuums by Eureka - www.Eureka.com 

Reception Desk

Celebrities that attended the 2008 GBK Emmy gift lounge:

Adhir Kalyan, Amber Frakes, Amber Stevens, AnnaLynne McCord, Ashley Greene, Ashlon Gorse, Benito Martinez, Bob Balaban, Brendan Molale, Candis Cayne, Cheryl Burke, Chi McBride, Chris Harrison, Christian Clemenson, Cloris Leachman, Cody Linley, Colby O’donis, Conrad Green, Corky Ballas Dusts, Craig Robert Young—Lost, CS Lee, Danneel Harris, Daveigh Chase, David Zayas, Denai Kerr, Derek Magyar, Glynn Turman, Greg Finley, Isaiah Washington, Jackie Collins, James Kyson Lee, James Pickens, Jean Smart, Jennifer Scioli, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Jo de la Rosa, Joel Stein, Joey Fatone, Joey Lawrence, Josh lebar, Julianne Hough, Julie Benz, Kara DioGaurdi, Karina Smirnoff, Kathryn Joosten, Keith David, Kellan Lutz, Kevin Sorbo, Kim Morgan Greene, Kim Whitley, Kim Wolfe, Kristen Chenoweth, Krysten Ritter, Liz Vassey, Madeline Zima, Maksin Chmerkovskiy, Masi oka, Maurice Greene, Melora Hardin, Michael Brooks, Mo Collins, Nancy Cartwright, Neal McDonough, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Varreos, Niecy Nash, Nikki Reed, Patti Stanger, Phylicia Rashad, Randy Jackson, Rex Lee, Rich Sommer, Rick Merlo, Robin Dunre, Ryan Bailey, Samantha Mollen, Scott Storey, Sean Patrick Thomas, Shar Jackson, Sharon Limb, Shelley Burman, Slade Smiley, Sofia Milos, Thomas Dekker, Tim Daly, Tracie Thoms, Vern Troyer, Vincent Kartheiser, Zach Ward.

Gavin Keilly, founder of GBK Productions says, "Celebrities are in a privileged position with an opportunity to help others, however don’t always have the knowledge of how to put their fame to good use; the goal of our gifting suites is to help bridge the gap between celebrity and charity to create long-lasting, beneficial relationships in a fun, relaxed environment."

GBK Productions (formerly GBK Events), founded in 2000 by Gavin B. Keilly, not only specializes in fundraising for major charitable organizations, but also celebrity events and upscale weddings. For additional information about GBK Productions, please visit www.GBKProductions.com.

Published on Dec 31, 1969

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