If there was an Emmy for The Best Gift Suite, it would go to GBK and Tic Tac Mints for honoring and presenting luxurious gifts to the presenters and nominees of the 2011 Emmy Awards Sept. 16 and 17 at the W Hotel in Hollywood.
As always, one of the leading gifting suite production companies, GBK who joined forces with Tic Tac®Mints offered its exclusive list of invited celebrities, VIPs and media an opportunity to enjoy a luxurious environment with elite products, trendy gifts, refreshments, charity fundraising and fun!
The spectacle of the event was the unveiling of the Tic Tac® Mints red carpet inspired dress comprised of limited edition Pink Grapefruit and Fresh Mint flavor Tic Tac® Mints. The gown was a jaw-dropping masterpiece that was made of more than 70,000 Tic Tacs, weighed 150 pounds and took over 180 hours to create. In addition to the dress reveal, Tic Tac® Mints along with cancer awareness and support advocates Eric Stonestreet and Bailee Madison, presented a check for $100,000 to CancerCare, an organization focused on supporting all people affected by cancer, including those people with cancer, caregivers, loved ones and the bereaved, as part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to CancerCare.
But before the gifts were handed out, three charities are always selected by GBK to raise awareness and funds. The Art of Elysium . www.theartofelysium.org encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions:
the second Charity is Teach For America www.teachforamerica.org is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity.
The third charity is A New Way of Life Reentry Project www.anewwayoflife.org is a non-profit organization in South Central Los Angeles with a core mission to help women and girls break the cycle of entrapment in the criminal justice system and lead healthy and satisfying lives. Founder, Susan Burton was featured in the 2010 Top 10 CNN Heroes.
The lounge was a full house and was transformed what looked like a shopping mall. And the hallway was altered into a venue with treats and cocktails by the W Hotel.
Another highlight was Cloris Leachman, nominated for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series" for “Raising Hope", who took the spotlight as she perused her way through the gift suite, the cameras click and flashed her way, she gets into a slow motion character, pointing to different things at the suite--a product, a person, anything that had to do with nothing. She was hysterical. She’s always a character on screen and off.
The 2011 GBK Emmy’s Gift Lounge hosted to many A-list Nominees and Presenters including,” Loretta Devine, nominated for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series’ for “Grey’s Anatomy,” Melissa Leo, nominated for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie’ for “Mildred Pierce, ” Beau Bridges, nominated for ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series’ for “Brothers & Sisters,” Archie Panjabi, nominated for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series’ for “The Good Wife, ”Elizabeth McGovern, nominated for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries’ for “Downton Abbey,” Eric Stonestreet, nominated for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series’ for “Modern Family,”
James Woods, nominated for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie" for “Too Big to Fail,” Margo Martindale, nominated for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series’ for “Justified,” Dot-Marie Jones, nominated for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series’ for “Glee,” Randee Heller, nominated for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series’ for “Mad Men,” Robert Morse, nominated for ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series’ for “Mad Men.”
The celebrities were spoiled and catered by the following wendors:
Simmons www.comforpedic.com gifted nominees and presenters with the ComforPedic Mystic mattress that features advanced memory, offering consistent contouring, heat dissipation and quick recovery for ultimate comfort and the Comforpedic Free Spirit pillow.
Ancestry.com www.ancestry.com the world’s largest online family history resource, gifted a one-year World Deluxe membership and conducted an on-site family history searches.
Green Smoke® Electronic Cigarette Starter www.greensmoke.com provides the most authentic smoking experience without smoke, ash, butts or odor. They will also be donating $100 to charity for each celebrity that visits them at the lounge.
Beauty Foods www.beautyfoods.com introduced Nightly Beauty, the first beauty drink created to provide a delicious sleep and gorgeous skin.
Bond St Custom Clothiers www.bondstcustomsuits.com gifted custom made suits and a luxury necktie.
CARITA PARIS www.caritadirect.com gifted their Fluide de Beauté 14, an ultra fine and silky dry oil, with a lovely scent that penetrates immediately for incomparable luxury, leaving velvety soft and satiny smooth face, body and hair
Refreshments and treats were provided by Christine’s Gourmet Toffee www.christinestoffee.com presented an indulgent collection of Wisconsin butter candies including sea salt & chai caramels and bacon, coffee, pistachio, pecan and butter toffees and Belgian Chocolate toffee bites;
Bread Basket Cake Company www.breadbasketcake.com provided creamy rich dark chocolate red velvet truffles and also created a spectacular Emmy cake.
Author Robert Kroupa and his anti-bullying book, "Just Like You," www.justlikeyoufoundation.org
Exclusive Sedan Service www.exclusivesedan.com will deliver celebrities in style and offer gift certificates towards chauffeured luxury ground transportation;
The indiExhibit www.theindiexhibit.org provided an assortment of indie designed clothing, jewelry and other accessories;
Knot Genie Detangling Brush www.knotgenie.com gifted their amazing detangling hair brush designed to gently remove knots as well as the drama that comes along with brushing unruly hair.
Margo Petitti Inc. www.margopetitti.com gifted custom and limited edition luxury scarves made from Italian cashmere, mink, silk and fine wool suitings and are made in the USA;
Onsen Skincare .www.onsensecret.com www.onsensecret.com gifted its most powerful skincare revolutionary products derived from Japanese hot springs minerals, such as, Nail Care Kit, Pure A Peel, True Hydration, Milk Clarity, Powder Technology, and Shichi Antioxidant Bath;
Women can take comfort in uncomfortable sandals or flip flops with fashionable insoles provided by Piggy Pillows www.piggypillows.com.
Apparel for exercise or everyday with messages of motivation & inspiration to lead a healthy lifestyle by Reflect It Apparel www.reflectitapparel.com
Newly formulated RevitaLash www.revitalash.com showcased their advanced eyelash conditioner that lengthens and thickens eyelashesas, new hair product Hair by RevitaLash, a conditioner that makes hair thicker and fuller, and RevitaLash Mascara and Perfect Primer.
Robert Graham www.robertgraham.us jackets, dress shirts and furnishings. Shirts from the Freshly Laundered by Robert Graham line;
SCENTSY gifted their limited-edition collection of all five fragrances as well as a wickless candle warmer, offering the highest quality and concentration of fragrance oils possible to give the longest lasting solid perfume experience available;
Sprout Watches www.sproutwatches.com Stylish and friendly to Mother Nature. A 50 year old watch comany with an eco-friendly conscience created a green time piece for men and women. Made from sustainable materials found in nature. The shelf life of corn resin is similar to synthetic plastics. It will not break down during regular wear and use. In a compost environment, corn resin is 99% biodegradable to carbon dioxide and water within 365 days.
Jewelry, stationary, photography, art and other handcrafted products were be provided by The Artisan Group www.theartisangroup.org
Tosca Style www.toscastyle.com using the latest and most innovative technologies and combining them with all natural green tea extracts and Tosca Style’s own complex of naturally derived proteins and vitamins, Tosca Style Repair System dramatically improves, strengthens and rejuvenates damaged hair;
European inspired, high quality children’s shoes were be gifted by Umi Children’s Shoes, www.umishoes.com and gift certificates for two classes at Wallaby, a family development center in Los Angeles.
BLENDR, LLC, www.blendr.com a social network to meet people in your area with common interests, provided custom-branded solar universal phone chargers to celebrities at the gift lounge and was this year’s host for GBK’s exclusive sneak peak Emmys Mixer Thursday evening. The Emmy Mixer was a night of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and gifts to showcase their new social media platform.
Other spoiled celebrities were: America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Jerry Ferrara (“Entourage”), Michelle Trachtenberg (“Take Me Home Tonight,” “Gossip Girl”), Camille Grammer (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Janina Gavankar (“True Blood”), Derek Hough (“Dancing with the Stars”), Niecy Nash (“The Insider”), Justin Long (“The Conspirator,” Going the Distance”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Annie Ilonzeh(ABC’s “Charlie’s Angels), Bailee Madison (“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” Just Go with It”), Janina Gavankar(“True Blood”), Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”), Samantha Harris (“Entertainment Tonight” correspondent, “Dancing with the Stars”), Patti Stanger (“Millionaire Matchmaker”), Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter”), Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”), Debi Mazar (“Entourage”), Josh Sussman (“Glee”), Ana Gasteyer (“Saturday Night Live”), C.S. Lee (“Dexter”), Rex Lee (“Entourage”), John Caparulo (“Chelsea Lately”),
Kate Flannery (“The Office”), Sasha Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars”), Nia Peeples (“Pretty Little Liars”), David Zayas (“Dexter”), Gary Cole (“Hop,” “Entourage”), Carrie Ann Inaba (“Dancing with the Stars”), as well as many others.
GBK is the perfect host for a perfect event. That’s why they are the recipient of multiple BizBash’s Award for “Best Gift Bag.”
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 www.gbkproductions.com