The 6th annual holiday extravaganza party held at the West Hollywood home of Bill Miltenberger, of Bikes and Hikes, and co-hosted by Mark Kearney, of the Mark Kearney Group, benefitted the Aids Service Center of Pasadena. For a mere $75, you were treated not only a sumptuous meal but hilarious antics.
Beautiful piano music was supplied by Richard Berman. Richard, a regular at the Bistro Gardens and other top hotels, often plays celebrity parties.
As Richard plays holiday tunes, the staff circulated with such delicacies as coconut shrimp, cucumber with olive tapenade, and sausage stuffed mushrooms. The party, catered by Mark, himself, presented a surprise treat to all the participants - Mark's new line of pies. The 100% organic pies are part of Chef Mark's LA Pie Company.
The Mark Kearney Group has produced numerous celebrity parties. The silent auction, held at the end of the night, held curiosities from around the globe and earned over $12,000 for the AIDS center.
We all gathered in the pool tent to watch the show. The tent, itself, was lined with designer rugs from "The Rug Company."
The fun theme for the evening was Keeping Up With the Klause-Dashians. An homage to the Kardashians, it featured guest star Candis Cayne of Dirty Sexy Money as Bim Klause-Dashian. Along with her was angel "Daddy" Ernie Zayat from EZ Designs, Bruce Jenner, Mark Payne, Troy Penn, comedian Les Kurkendaal, John Gabaldon, Kai Hand, Kyle Devero and Nilan Rose. Mark Payne is an emmy award winning make up artist and filmmaker.
The headline sponsor for the evening was Bikes and Hikes, LA, a premiere eco tourism company that takes their clients on scenic bike rides through LA. "You get to know the real Los Angeles when you ride the bike." Immensely popular are also their arranged hikes around the city. The presenting sponsor of the night was Kathleen Grace Donnelly of Fortunate Angels, who assists a variety of charities around the city.
The service center's mission is to improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and to prevent new infections. Their population now is over 1,500 clients. 30% of the clients are women
and 10% are children. " In one second your whole life changes," said one client. The services encompass the whole range of needed programs from legal and benefits advocacy, to housing, transportation, meals,medical and mental health appointments, medications and community. Part of their funding comes from the government but with cut backs, many have suffered.
Among those visiting this evening were producer Andrew Jason, actor Marc Chamberlain from "Dry Run", Kathleen Grace Donnelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Anthony Guthmiller, Petrie Alexzandra Williams of Safe Harbor Kids, Mark Smith, Michael Brassem, John Jones, comedian Les Kurklendaal, producer Michael Newman, Ola Manet, Greg Loomis, Galina Jovovich, Tracy Pattin, Michael Breshahan, Nicholas Colachis, David McFarlene, Cameron Fasick, Kerrianne Lebanning, Lydia Elfenbein, Alexandra Radlovic, Zandra Lily, and Santa Claus.