GBK 2013 Oscars Lounge Review - A Setting Worthy of an Award-Winning Weekend

As Hollywood gears up with a week full of events leading up to the Academy Awards, one of the highlights is always the annual GBK Gift Lounge. Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills was home to the GBK Oscars Lounge this year and as usual, GBK floored everyone in attendance with another spectacular event.

Terry Crews presented the check for $10,000 on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

In addition to pampering the likes of Chris Rock, Rob Morrow, Dennis Christopher, Penny Marshall and many more, GBK gave back to many charities. Presenting sponsor Nicorette and NicoDerm CQ were supporting "Pledge to Quit" while additional charity beneficiaries included: Global Green USA, The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, YES! Beat Liver Tumors, City of Hope, The Creative Coalition and Guard A Heart.

Guests were treated to a picturesque setting from GBK, as not only the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills made for a stunning location but also interior designer Danielle Rios put together the beautiful design of the suite. Danielle created pieces throughout the venue that were inspired by Alexander McQueen dresses worn by Jessica Chastain and Nicole Kidman along with Anne Hatahway’s Valentino. Danielle was gifting a 100% designer silk scarf and complimentary consultation along with a $1000 Gift Certificate for Design Services. For more information on Danielle Rios, visit: www.DRDS.net

Danielle Rios design inspired by Anne Hatahway’s Valentino

Presenting Sponsor Nicorette and NicoDerm CQ was asking guests to make a “Pledge to Quit” smoking and to help them or a loved one get started, they provided them with resources to help them get started; such as nicotine gum or nicotine patches, which are proven to double a smoker's chance of quitting versus cold turkey. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare donated $10,000 to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on Saturday. For more information on Nicorette and NicoDerm CQ, visit: www.facebook.com/Nicorette
and www.facebook.com/NicoDermCQ

Pledge to Quit wall

Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Gorbachev, to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future.  For nearly 20 years, Global Green USA has been a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green building for affordable housing, schools, cities, and communities that save money, improve health, and create green jobs.  Global Green gifted eco water bottles and t-shirts. For more information on Global Green USA, visit: www.globalgreen.org

Ashely Williams with Global Green USA

Guests were gifted a collection of haircare, color, style and texturing products as well as unique in-salon treatments and services that provide solutions for every hair type. Matrix Artistic Director Ammon Carving was also styling hair and offering touch-ups. For more information on Matrix, visit: www.Matrix.com

Matrix

Skinnygirl® Cocktails was serving some of their amazing cocktail selections including a few recipes that were made just for Oscar weekend. In addition to gifting an assortment of bottles for guests to take home, Skinnygirl® Cocktails was also promoting their Twitter #LadiesInRed fundraising promotion. Skinnygirl® Cocktails donated $2,500 per celebrity that was tweeted on the red carpet wearing red to Dress for Success, up to $50,000. For more information on Skinnygirl® Cocktails, visit: www.skinnygirlcocktails.com

Skinny Girl Cocktails

Sugar Ray Leonard created a buzz as he made an appearance to help promote the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation. Sugar Ray was gifting autographed boxing gloves as he was helping spread the word about the foundation’s mission is to raise funds for research and awareness toward a cure for juvenile diabetes. For more information on the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, visit: www.sugarrayleonardfoundation.org

Sugar Ray Leonard

City of Hope was promoting their new "Citizens of Hope" campaign and celebrities were choosing a word that represents Hope to them and then they wore a badge with that word on it to show support for City of Hope. For more information on City of Hope, visit: www.cityofhope.com/citizen

City of Hope

For the wine lovers in this celebrity filled crowd, Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast gifted two SAVOR VIP Access Passes for September 27-29, 2013 for a weekend of wine, food and adventure. Located between Los Angles and San Francisco, this spot is going to make for a perfect three-day weekend.  For more information on Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, visit:  www.savorcentralcoast.com

Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

Rosetta Stone was gifting to guests their choice to learn any of the 24 languages that are offered and it gives them the opportunity to use for 12 month the new services that are available online and for mobile devices.  Brand new features include interactive games, stories, and live coaching sessions with native speakers; already the leading place to go to learn a new language, Rosetta Stone has made it even easier for you to speak fluently on your next vacation. For more information on Rosetta Stone, visit: www.rosettastone.com

Rosetta Stone

There were plenty of products to make sure that everyone looked their best for the Academy Awards, beginning with the Jose Eber Infrared Blow Dryer. This revolutionary hair dryer emits smoothing infrared light for healthier hair and dries even the thickest hair 50% faster. For more information on Jose Eber Hair products, visit: www.joseeberhair.com

José Eber Hair Infrared Blow Dryers

Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads was providing guest with samples of their tasty flatbread along with hummus and to make sure that they could enjoy this when they got home Stonfire gifted packages of the flatbread which is great for making sandwiches, panini wraps, and pizza, delicious as an appetizer served with dip or topped with cheese, or simply to warm and enjoy on its own. For more information on Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads, visit: www.Stonefire.com

Needing to relax after a long week filled with Academy Award events, guests were delighted to have been gifted a vacation to Puerto Vallarta. Guests will be provided with a first class stays in Mexico's premiere destination; their certificates include 3 night/4 night stays in their luxurious properties. For more information, visit: www.visitpuertovallarta.com

Ashley Williams and C.C.H. Pounder with Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board

To not only satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone as they made they were through the GBK suite, Cookie Daddy was enticing taste buds with their unique cookie flavors. This family-owned, gourmet cookie company was gifting a monthly gift of one dozen Cookie Daddy Artisan Cookies for 12 months, delivery is included. For more information on Cookie Daddy, visit: www.cookiedaddy.com

Cookie Daddy

G The Body Art Professional provided unique custom, luxury body art applications, plus gift sets to try at home. For more information on G The Body Art Professional, visit:  www.gbodyartpro.com

G the Body Art Professional

"STEREOGRAPHIC DIMENSION" the book & brand of internationally known artist/model & actress Monika Jensen was gifted to guests and she also gifted one of her amazing paintings to one nominee. For more information on Monika, visit: www.MONIKAJENSENPRODUCTIONS.com

Splash Magazines Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Lawrence Davis with Monika Jensen

Paws n’ Silk were gifting certificates to try out the newly created pet line of products that include; coats, beds and raincoats. Paws n’ Silk is proven to be an effective barrier against dust mites, mold and mildew, they are resistant to body odor and they are breathable and temperature regulated. For more information on Paws n’ Silk, visit: www.pawsnsilk.com

Hi-Call is the first true Bluetooth glove as you can text with it and also make a phone call… Just like go go gadget. It’s a winter glove, texting glove , and a phone all in one! Please visit Hi-Fun.com and see all their exciting products. For more information on Hi visit: www.bullboatUS.com

The Hi-Call Glove

Viavo introduced guests to their combination of sugar body scrubs made with organic ingredients and an all natural hand and body lotion, both enriched with 10% avocado oil. For more information on Viavo, visit: www.viavo.net

Viavo avocado oil enriched products

The Viva Diva Lounge was a big hit to let everyone get a taste of assorted Viva Diva Wines. After a sampling, each attendee was given one complimentary bottle of Pinot Grigio or flavored Moscato from Viva Diva Wines. For more information on Viva Diva Wines, visit: www.VivaDivaWines.com

Viva Diva Wines

Sky’s Gourmet Tacos was serving a tasty assortment of tacos for everyone with anything and everything you could think of to make the perfect taco. Fresh off their appearance on Season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race, Sky's Gourmet Tacos lived up to they hype! For more information on Sky's Gourmet Tacos, visit: www.skysgourmettacos.com

Sky's Gourmet Tacos

Magellan Jets is one of the leaders in domestic and international private jet travel, based in Quincy, MA. They will be gifting a $3,000 Voyage Gift Card.  Voyager gift card holders receive many of the great perks a full Voyar member does without the commitment. For more information on Magellan Jets, visit: www.magellanjets.com

Magellan Jets

Tiro Jewelry Design was showcasing their unique and beautiful jewelry and were also gifting earrings for women and cuff links or a tie bar for men. For more information on Tiro Jewelry Design, visit: www.Tirojewelry.com

Tiro Jewelry Design

Toy State was gifting their very cool Road Rippers Hatchbacks. They also had on hand their officially licensed 007 remote control cars. For more information on Toy State, visit: www.toystate.com

Bond cars from Toy State

RevitaLash gifted an entire package of beauty products including; Hair ADVANCED, RevitaBrow ADVANCED, FineLine Primer, Volumizing Mascara, Volumizing Primer, Spotlight Highlighting Pencil and 12 Hour Raven Eyeliner. If you were looking to get ready for the Red Carpet, these products will do the trick. For more information on RevitaLash, visit: www.revitalash.com

RevitaLash

Bread Basket Cake Co. had their one-of-a-kind Oscar cake creation on display to wow guests and they also were gifting a box of chocolate truffles along with a gift certificate for an 8" custom design cake. For more information on Bread Basket Cake Co. visit: www.breadbasketcake.com

MINIM will be gifting their GLORIA Bag, supreme to other bags because of its adaptability, is reversible and separating 5 in 1 tote for busy women on-the-go. For more information on MINIM, visit: www.minimnyc.com

MINIM light travel bags

They not only provided some of the most decadent chocolates you will find anywhere, but Zoe's Chocolate also created a beautiful chocolate bar that was created specifically for the Oscar's. Guests were treated to one of these special Oscar bars along with an assortment of Zoe’s Chocolates. For more information on Zoe’s Chocolates, visit: www.zoeschocolate.com

Milena's Candles gifted organic moisturizing soy candles, organic soy and shea body butter, and a organic moisturizing wood wick soy candle. For more information on Milena's Candles, visit: www.milenasboutique.com

Candles from Milena’s Boutique

Caribbean Living gifted an all inclusive trip for 2 to the newest Hard Rock resorts in the Caribbean- Punta Cana & Cancun. Celebrities will also have a choice of a 3 night stay at SurfComber South Beach Miami with a $150 resort credit or a 3 night stay at Epic Hotel Miami.

David Costabile from "Lincoln" with Caribbean Living

Chick Boss provides training and jobs to Guatamalans caught between the world they know and the world their children imagine. Guests were gifted products that offer women the opportunity to wear innovative and stunning designs, handmade by a person they can know personally. For more information on Chick Boss, visit: www.chickboss.com

Chick Boss.

To make sure that everyone looked their best on the red carpet, NVEY ECO gifted a selection of their 100% certified organic make-up line, found in selected ULTA retail stores. For more information on NVEY ECO, visit: www.nveyeco.com

Jaime Ray Newman with NVEY ECO

Gemesis gifted the Gemesis Simple Round Pendant, a stunning round, colorless, 1/3 carat man-made diamond in a sophisticated setting. Gemesis is eco-friendly, socially responsible and origin guaranteed, alleviating any concerns related to "conflict or "blood" diamonds. For more information on Gemesis, visit: www.gemesis.com

The Artisan Group gifted the celebrities and members of the press a lovely collection of jewelry, stationary, fine art photography, spa and bath products, and other hand crafted gifts. For more information on the Artisan Group, visit: www.theartisangroup.org

Gifts from the Artisan Group

Dr. Ted Eisenberg & Joyce K. Eisenberg were gifting their book The Scoop on Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts of Myths along with a gift certificate for a free consultation and discount on services. For more information, visit: www.thescooponbreasts.com

Egard Watch Company was gifting three different Swiss made men's luxury timepieces, wallets or I-Pad covers to guests. For more information on Egard Watches, visit: www.egardwatches.com

EGARD

Vita Organic Foods gifted their raw, organic chocolate bars and performance style Warrior Bars, which are made simple, clean and whole so you live simple, clean and whole. For more information on Vita Organic Foods, visit: www.vitaorganicfoods.com

Vita Organic Foods

ABOUT GBK:

GBK, formerly GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Special Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO), Carla Domen (VP) or GBK, please go to gbkproductions.com.

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