Cure In The Canyons Review - A Great Day for a Great Cause

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Sunday October 4th, 2009 - Shannon Tweed and daughter Sophie Tweed Simmons of Gene Simmon’s Family Jewels hosted the 3rd annual “Cure in the Canyons” charity event. The luxury lifestyle-fest for breast cancer research was held on the beautiful grounds of the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. A number of high-end beauty and wellness trendsetters donated their time and and products in order to fund Breast cancer research.

Shannon Tweed and her daughter Sophie are all smiles at the 3rd Annual Cure in the Canyons Event.

Patrons were treated to over $1000 worth of free spa treatments, samples and gourmet delicacies. Guests were pampered by Four Seasons Thai massage, Skyn ICELAND, Calidora Skin Clinic, Institute de Vie!, California Health & Longevity Institute acupuncture, OPI manicures, Napoleon Perdis and Jane Iredale fall makeovers, with special guest appearances by Billy and Melissa Yamaguchi of Yamaguchi Spa and Salon who will conduct Feng Shui beauty seminars.

It's nice to be kneaded. Personal massages were just one the many activities to pamper patrons

Donations for Cure in the Canyons support local California research at USC/Norris Lee Breast Center, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Michael Press MD PhD, and National Research.  The donations from this event will help drive research crucial to finding the cure.

Chilled Korbel champagne gave patrons something to smile about.

Shannon & Sophie also hosted a Tea Party for Breast Cancer survivors in the Revolution Tea cabana in the beautiful Rose Garden.
It was a beautiful day at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel and grounds in Westlake and this special event is always a hit.  Later in the day the mother-daughter duo were spotted checking out the gift basket selections at the silent auction. This lavish event brought out hundreds of supporters and celebrity guests to help support this wonderful cause.

Complimentary I-Phone cases were given to patrons coutesy of the Thousand Oaks Mac store

The fabulous day of pampering was sponsored by Angeleno Magazine, SHAPE, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village & California Health & Longevity Institute.  Guests were treated with luxe-fixes including free beauty and spa treatments, manicures and signature Four Seasons massages.  Upon arrival, patrons were presented with eco-friendly gift bags filled with an assortment of goodies including Alford & Hoff moisturizer and Earl Grey Tea from Revolution.

Some of the gourmet cuisine offered up by the Onyx Restaurant at The Four Seasons.

Guests also enjoyed the gourmet treatment from the Onyx restaurant at the Four seasons with delectable dishes like the apple walnut salad with a white balsamic vinaigrette dressing, Mediterranean salad with cherry tomatoes, endive cucumber, with oregano vinaigrette, Chicken skewers with a sweet soy glaze, Tuna Tartar on a crispy won ton topped with a popcorn chute, halibut gazpacho shooters, salmon sliders, and raspberry tarts for dessert.

Delicious desserts finished off the food presentation from Onyx Restaurant

Onyx also has a sushi bar in the restaurant and on Fridays from 5:30-10:00pm offer an elaborate Seafood Sensation buffet featuring lobster, chef's action stations, chilled crab claws, shrimp and more. Savor Chef de Cuisine Masa Shimakawa's creative Asian inspired menu. Onyx also offers a summer Asian BBQ special (all year long) because it's always summer in southern California, and a special Ishi Yaki Menu on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Latin Trio known as Cale' entertained the charity patrons

To keep everyone entertained, there were live performances presented on two stages. On the main stage was the musical styling of Cale', a trio whose music is described as Rumba-Flamenco, Latin-fusion music from Spanish-Arabic, North African and Roumany regions. The band is made includes Jose Prieto (guitars and vocals), Victor Torres (guitars and background vocals) and Paul Blazek (percussion).  To get a real feel for these amazing artists, you can listen to their music and read their bios on the website.

The sultry, sassy and sophisticated "Brown Betties".

Also performing were the beautiful and sexy "Brown Betties", the sultry, sassy and sophisticated performers of LA's 1940's "Harlem's Night: A Cabaret Story".  It tells the tale of a lonely woman looking for love in all the wrong places. The Brown Betties play the characters of Love (Christy Gamble), Hate (Keena Ferguson), Want (Danielle Lewis) and Need (Peppur Chambers). These dynamic and lovely dancers were a hit at the event and are available for performances for private or corporate events.

Gift Baskets line one of the Silent Auction tables

The Silent Auction tables were full of everything from exotic getaway vacations to elaborate gift baskets filled with wine, cosmetics and even lingerie. In addition, there were several tables dedicated to memorabilia for sports fans including an autographed "No hitters" baseball signed by major league pitchers, Koufax, Ryan and Fuller, a commemorative 100th US Open Pebble Beach pin flag signed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, and an autographed collage of "Famous Photos" of Muhammad Ali. There was even a signed photo of coach John Wooden and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when he played for UCLA way back when.

An assortment of Sports Memorabilia was also available at the silent auction.

The event brought about  a  revolutionary new paradigm for the philanthropic experience that connects state-of the-art products, intuitive services and a groundbreaking business model with substance, discovery and a strong sense of humanity.  But as much fun as everyone had, no one lost sight of the fact that Breast Cancer is a serious matter. The Cure In The Canyons is a relaxing, entertaining and charitable way to spend a Sunday afternoon. If you haven't yet experienced it, be sure and put it on your calendar for next year.

To find out more about Cure In The Canyons go to the website.

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