The elegance of GBK’s Gift Lounge in Honor of The Sixth Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic and Mercedes-Benz Dealer Championship outshone the rare, inclement weather in Los Angeles this week, as celebrities came out to support at the beautiful Lakeside Country Club in Burbank. Lavish gifts, presented by GBK and elite fashion brands, were more than enough to cast a sunny glow over the event, and what began as an ordinary, rainy Monday turned out to be a spectacular win for both celebs and the companies attending the event.
An impressive element of GBK’s Lounge is the support of various, worthy causes, and this event was no exception. GBK CEO Gavin Keilley and his team are always generous hosts to a number of important non-profit organizations at the Lounge, and this event was attended by YES! Beat Liver Tumors and Made By Survivors, in addition to The Lopez Foundation.
The Lopez Foundation - www.thelopezfoundation.org
The Lopez Foundation's mission is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.
As always, an all-star list of actors, musicians and other notable stars turned out for GBK and Mr. Lopez, even in the rain. Turning heads in the gift lounge were:
Actor/writer Alan Thicke, (who was also Composer for “Facts of Life” and “Different Strokes”); Alex Thomas, "Mr. Box Office"; Andy Buckley, ABC Family’s “The Lying Game," “Bridemaids”; Andy Garcia, “The Godfather Part III”; Anthony Anderson, NBC’s “Guy’s with Kids," “Scream 4," “Transformers”; Benjamin Bratt, ABC’s “Modern Family," “Private Practice”; Golf Agent Brent Brockermeyer; Bryan Fisher, “George Lopez”; Cedric the Entertainer, "A Haunted House"; Cheech Marin, CBS’s “Rob," “Cars 1 and 2," “Spy Kids”; Chi McBride, CBS's "Golden Boy"; Comedian Chris Spencer; Chris Tucker, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Debbie Dunning, "Home Improvement"; Dennis Haysbert, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”; Elizabeth Small, "April Apocalypse"; Gary Valentine, "Here Comes the Boom"; Greg Ellis, Fox's "Touch"; Music Producer Jimmy Jam; Joe Mantegna, CBS’s “Criminal Minds”; Joe Pesci, “Goodfellas”; Saxophonist Kenny G.; Kevin Farley, "The Jadagrace Show;" Kevin Rahm, AMC's "Madmen," ABC's "Desperate Housewives"; Matt Prokop, "April Apocalypse"; Music Director Michael Bearden; Musician Miles Doughty; Omarosa, NBC's "The Apprentice"; Actor Paris Chong; Rob Riggle, “21 Jump Street”; Roland Martin, “Washington Watch”; Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Syfy’s “Eureka”; Sarah Hyland, ABC's "Modern Family"; Scott Foley, ABC’s “Scandal”; ESPN and ESPNEWS Anchor Stan Verrett; Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard; Musician and Producer T.Bone Burnett; Tommy Chong, Tony Dovolani, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars”; St. Louise Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa; and Wilmer Valderrama, NBC’s “Awake”; and Chase Masterson, "Star Trek" and "Doctor Who."
Treats from luxury brands included an array of trips and spas, including:
St. Regis Bora Bora - www.stregisborabora.com
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort graciously gifted four nights in the Deluxe Overwater Villa with daily breakfast for two and complementary boat transfers to Bora Bora Airport. This luxury resort is one of the most beautiful properties in the world, far exceeding any luxury resort in the Pacific Islands. It is one of the crown jewels of the St. Regis brand, acclaimed as one of their most exquisite destinations.
Caribbean Living - http://www.caribbeanlivingmagazine.com
The extremely popular Caribbean Living gifted complimentary three-night stays in Anguilla. Caribbean Living Magazine is itself a stunning publication, as the go-to magazine for travel, accommodations, inclusive resorts, restaurants and travel tips in the Caribbean Islands. Caution: one look at this stunning magazine and you’ll never forget the beauty of Caribbean Living!
Sparkling Hill Resort - www.sparklinghill.com
The Sparkling Hill Resort gifted a four-night couples’ escape in a stunning penthouse, with an invitation to immerse yourself to relax, refresh & rejuvenate in the KurSpa and many other spa facilities. Well worth the trip, the resort is located in the heart of British Columbia and features thousands of gorgeous Swarovski crystals in the architecture of the hotel, in the spas, and in every one of the brilliant guest room and suites.
Lifestyle products for men and women made their mark on this luxury event, including:
Curtis & Co. Watches - www.CurtisAndCoWatches.com
In the words of Founder Curtis Wong, “A watch is more than just a timepiece. It’s a statement to everyone about who and what you are. In today’s world, the reality is … You may never speak a word, but your timepiece says loud and clear, the success that you are.” Inspired by Mr. Wong’s personal search and private collection, Curtis & Co. Watches has created the most unique watch in fashion, handcrafted with the finest precious metals and gemstones, along with Swiss technology, at an affordable price. The global company gifted gorgeous, Limited Edition Custom Curtis & Co. wristwatches exclusively made for the Sixth Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic. Curtis & Co. Watches is “What the World Wears.”
Callaway Golf Company - www.Callaway.com
Graciously gifting the Odyssey VERSA putter, Callaway was a popular stop among seasoned golfers and non-golfing celebs alike; Callaway also features an innovative putter designed to assist new golfers in lining up an ace shot.
I Like Ike’s Place - www.ILikelkesPlace.com
Celebs and golfers sampled delicious treats from gourmet sponsor Ike's Love & Sandwiches, which was gifting free sandwiches and a Skip the Line VIP Pass to their new store, opening soon in Westwood. In addition to traditional sandwich fare in every variety imaginable, the menu features Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free options. Both the delicious food and the sweet, fun team made this stop an absolute pleasure and will guarantee their success. Ike’s Love & Sandwiches: the perfect description for this fabulous new place!
Milena's Candles - http://www.MilenasBoutique.com
Milena's Candles gifted organic moisturizing soy candles and body butters. This gorgeous display of sensual treats, along with the genuine warmth of Yugoslavian-born Founder Milena, made this a very popular stop, as aromas wafted from the table. The only decision to be made was which of Milena’s spectacular scents to choose!
BarkBox – www.barkbox.com
BarkBox gifted their online subscription service for dog parents, delivering the best toys, treats and goodies while doing good. BarkBox is dedicated to supporting the health and happiness of all dogs; they donate at least 10% of their profits to shelters, rescues and animal welfare organizations, through many different campaigns and types of donations. They are interested in working with any rescue, shelter, non-profit or organization that helps change the lives of dogs in need, and referrals are welcome. Their goal? A world where all dogs are happy, healthy and in a safe, loving home. Check out the BarkBox site and pick up some healthy products that are win/win for your dog and others!
2K - www.2kgames.com
Let the games begin! 2K gifted a cross selection of the largest, most critically acclaimed titles in the video game industry. 2K develops and publishes interactive entertainment for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets through its three divisions: 2K Games, 2K Sports, and 2K Play; games are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. 2K publishes titles in today's most popular gaming genres, including action, role-playing, real-time strategy, sports, casual, and family entertainment.
The Famous Games Company – www.famousgamescompany.com
The Famous Games Company gifted Famous Fairways™, the perfect pint-sized card game for the 19th hole. The Famous Games Company provides innovative sports-themed card games to marketing and promotional industries. They help anchor digital campaigns with fun & engaging physical products that you can hand out, pack in, or have autographed by an athlete. Their World’s Smallest Sports Games capture the spirit of their respective sports using only 9 cards. What a treat for those who can’t stay off the golf course on rainy days!
Toy State - www.toystate.com
Toy State gifted their Street Beatz, custom toy cars that cruise with motorized forward drive, lights and exciting sound effects. Toy State brings out the kid in people!
YES! Beat Liver Tumors - www.beatlivertumors.org
YES! Beat Liver Tumors’ mission is to provide information, resources, support, and hope for anyone affected by liver tumors. Hoping to further their mission on their limited budget, YES! Beat Liver Tumors generously gifted silver key chains, Brighton brand “heart and hope” purse charms, and invaluable information on the services, programs offered to those who are suffering from advanced cancer. The energetic Founder and Executive Director Suzanne Lindley, who is currently living with cancer, is present at almost every one of their events; Suzanne is a living testament to the effectiveness, integrity and importance of the work she and YES! Beat Liver Tumors do.
Made By Survivors - www.MadeBySurvivors.com
One of the most innovative and worthy businesses to appear in recent history, Made by Survivors is an international nonprofit organization, which employs and educates survivors of slavery and other human rights abuses, including women and children living in extreme poverty. Their programs create jobs in highly respected professions with high wages that develop business and leadership skills. 100% of profits go to support rescue, aftercare, education and employment. Since 2005, they have trained and employed 350 survivor artisans; sent 250 children to school with their Education Fund; trained 70 survivors as artisan goldsmiths, breaking gender barriers; invested $165,000 in building new shelters; invested $65,000 in supporting their partners’ rescue programs; invested $22,000 in aftercare programs for rescued survivors. Made by Survivors generously gifted handcrafted silver jewelry made by survivors of slavery.
The Sweatshop L.A. and The Sweatshop N.Y.C. - http://thesweatshopla.com
The Sweatshop L.A. and The Sweatshop N.Y.C., popular detox day spas, gifted infrared Sauna Sessions and a choice of Cayenne, Mineral, Lipotropic, B-12, B Complex or Glutathione shots.
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 the GBK Website.