Deborah Gibson’s Gibson Girl Foundation Benefit Celebrity Event Review – It’s Electric!

Deborah Gibson’s Gibson Girl Foundation Benefit rocked the house on April 28th, 2009.  La Boheme held the amazing event at their venue, which took place from 7PM until 11PM.  La Boheme is located in West Hollywood at 8400 Santa Monica Blvd. 

Pop and Broadway star Deborah Gibson and Ryan Black’s 88’s Cabaret presented the event as a benefit for the Gibson Girl Foundation.  The location could not have been more perfect for the evening that took place.

Deborah Gibson

The Gibson Girl Foundation awards scholarships to individuals who want to attend an entertainment camp, but are unable to afford the tuition.  Over $75,000 in scholarships was raised in 2008 alone.  This allows kids to attend Deborah Gibson’s Electric Youth Summer Camp in LA as well as songwriting intensives, recording boot camps, and the NYC Winter Camp.

Deborah Gibson and Jonathan Knight

The night began with red carpet arrivals and many photo ops.  Celebrities poured in with lots of energy, and excited to get inside.  People of all ages were about to see a show that would not be forgotten. 

Dick Van Patten and Jimmy Van Patten

Shannon Elizabeth

As the crowd filled the entire venue, the positive energy kept getting stronger and stronger.  The bar was open for drink purchases while people chatted away.  Those that had VIP and Premiere tickets, were seated at tables surrounding the stage.  An amazing dinner was served those seated.  The food was absolutely wonderful!

The dining area

General Admission Tickets were available for $25 which included the performance; Premiere Tickets were available for $100 and included dinner and performance with main floor seating); and VIP Tickets sold for $250 each and included VIP preferred seating, VIP menu selection, performance, private post-performance meet-and-greet with Celebrities and Electric Youth Performers, a photo with Deborah Gibson, a VIP Gift Bag, One Hope Wine and cocktails.

Jerry Mathers

One of the performances

The evening held many surprises and flowed extremely smooth.  Introductions were given and the performances began.  Many of the individuals that had received scholarships from the Gibson Girl Foundation performed musical numbers.  Some were originals, some were solos and some had many performers.  There were over 25 performers.

Deborah Gibson and Dick Van Patten

Fun surprises to the show included a performance by Tony Award Winner John Lloyd Young, Star of Wicked and final company of rent Eden Espinosa, Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block and the Pop/Broadway star herself, Deborah Gibson. 

Electric Youth performing with Tony Award Winner John Lloyd Young

A silent auction was held outside in the courtyard.  Auction items included donations from renowned bands such as The Fray, and New Kids on the Block, items from Pierce Brosnan, Donnie and Marie, Paris Hilton, meet and greets with headliners, and memorabilia from various celebrities and shows. 

Silent Auction

A live auction also took place on stage following the performances.  Memorabilia of all sorts was auctioned off, with a final auction package which included a chef coming to the highest bidders’ home and cooking desserts, as well as Deborah Gibson performing right in the comfort of your own home.

Celebrity Chef Diana Sproveri

Celebrities included Deborah Gibson, Ryan Black, Jonathan Knight, Casey Lee Smith, Shannon Elizabeth, Vivica A. Fox, Nolan Gerard Funk, Samantha Droke, John Lloyd Young, Dick Van Patten, Sally Kirkland, Jimmy Van Patten, Jerry Mathers, Greg Fellows, Eden Espinosa, Bridgit Mendler (J.O.N.A.S), Zoe Myers, The Clique Girlz, Lisa FOXX, Brandon Molale, Savvy & Mandy (Radio Disney), Adam Gaynor (Matchbox 20), Brittany Curran, Chris Ashworth, Keana, Lauren Storm, Mishavonna Henson, and more.

Brandon Molale

Nolan Gerard

Deborah Gibson has been entertaining the world for over 20 years now, and has been everything from a singer, songwriter to a musician to an actor and dancer.  Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Gibson started her love for music at the age of two and a half.  She says, “I’d put my ear to the speaker in my bedroom and riun back to the piano and play – left and right hands.”  To this date, Gibson has sold more than 16 million albums. 

Deborah Gibson perfoming

The second annual two-week “Summer Camp” in Hollywood is now accepting applications.  The camp will be held from July 6-17 and is geared toward performers ages 10-20, but is done on a case-by-case basis.  Classes will include a variety of areas, including vocal technique, songwriting, dance, musical theater, improvisation and much more.

Mandy and Savvy from Radio Disney

Overall, the rating on this event is off the charts!  If ever an opportunity arises to go to a Deborah Gibson event, it is highly recommended.\

The grand finale

For more information Gibson Girl Foundation and Electric Youth, go to www.Deborah-Gibson.com & www.DeborahGibsonsElectricYouth.com

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