Last night, I produced the annual charity event “Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine” benefiting the Scleroderma Research Foundation (www.srfcure.org) at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. I’ve been involved with the foundation for many years and have been producing their events for the last seven years or so.
The evening was great! A total success, raising more than $500K for medical research. The show started with an amazing performance by Michael Bolton. After a wonderful dinner, prepared by Top Chef Masters, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, the live auction was hosted by Bob Saget and Jimmy Kimmel. Following the live auction, guests were entertained with the comedy of Craig Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Bill Bellamy and Jeff Ross.
Additional event photos can be found in the Gallery section.
I recently had the pleasure of producing an event for Saint Vintage Jewelry at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood. The title sponsor for the event was Stand Up to Cancer. The lovely Jaime King hosted the evening. All proceeds raised from the silent auction benefitted Stand Up to Cancer. Beautiful jewelry, beautiful people, great food and a fabulous view of LA from the Andaz’s Penthouse level Panorama room. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday.
Last week I produced the annual charity event “Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine” benefiting the Scleroderma Research Foundation (www.srfcure.org) at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. This is an event I do every year and is very close to my heart. My mother passed away from Scleroderma in 1994 and I’ve been involved with the foundation and their efforts ever since.
The evening was amazing, a great success! The benefit raised more than a half of a million dollars for medical research. Hosted by Bob Saget (uncle Bob to me), with special guests, Bill Bellamy, Dana Carvey and a very special performance by Counting Crows.
The night had deep meaning for me…when my mom was dying from Scleroderma and suffering for about two years, I listened to Counting Crows a lot…so needless to say, the music hits an emotional cord.
To create intimacy the ballroom underwent a complete transformation. Guests were surrounded by white sheer drapery, highlighted with a glow of yellow amber lights. Tables were handsomely dressed in silver textured linens with butter yellow napkins, silver wood infinity styled chairs and a variation of vibrant yellow & white floral center pieces. The large white gloss stage wowed the guests as the entertainment was broadcast on two large projection screens.
A delicious meal was served by Top Chef Master Susan Feniger of STREET Restaurant, a great live auction, followed by Dana Carvey and a heartfelt performance by Adam Duritz and Counting Crows…Wow, what a night!
I recently produced an event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto, CA. After visiting a handful of other locations, we agreed that this hotel was the place and decided that we would transform the ballroom to suit our needs. The ballroom in its natural state is tasteful, contemporary in style and very clean, but it was a little boring and not exactly what the client had in mind for their event. When my client entered the ballroom moments before their event, the room went from fair to fantastic and the look on their face said it all…completely overwhelmed and couldn’t believe they were in the same wood paneled ballroom.
So, what did I do to exceed my clients expectations? I listened to what my client wanted and came up with a design concept. A little drapery here and there, a little bit of lighting, a few cool fabrics, some fun décor elements for good measure, unique thematic floral arrangements and bam!
Here are the before and after photos…
(For more photos see the gallery section of the website)
One of my favorite events to produce each year is Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine for the Scleroderma Research Foundation
Here are a few pics from past events…