Celebrities & Stouffers help feed families

Celebrities & Stouffers help feed families
“Let’s Do Dinner” promoted at Melanie Segal’s Celebrity Lounge presented by Stouffers

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Celebrities appeared at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood for a special event that was trying to make hunger disappear. Melanie Segal’s Celebrity Gift Lounge was presented by Stouffers, the delicious food company, which pledged to “Feed LA for the Day” by donating funds to pay for about 70,000 meals for needy families through the LA Food Bank.

Coming out to support the worthwhile cause were a lot of young performers from Nickelodeon, Disney and other network shows, who were fresh from all the activities leading up to the Kids Choice Awards.

Along with the kids, young-at-heart stars were on hand. Despite the injury that kept her from competing alongside her husband Ty Murray on Dancing With The Stars, Jewel was there enjoying herself. So were Wayne Brady, Seth McFarland, Brian McKnight, Blair Underwood, James Kyson Lee and Vanessa Williams. They all gathered to have fun and show off their creative side by decorating plates that would help raise funds for the Feeding America cause and the LA Food Bank.

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At Segal’s sensational event brothers Christopher Massey (Nick’s Zoey 101) and Kyle Massey (Disney’s Cory In the House) were going wild decorating a couple of plates that would be auctioned off for the cause. “Someone is going to have a nice supper served on this,” Kyle said, proud of his creation. “I only hope it’s as good as my mother’s cooking.”

Decorating the plates was also a family affair for the ultra-talented Wayne Brady (Fox TV’s Don’t Forget the Lyrics) who was there with his six-year-old daughter Maile. Vanessa Williams (of Soul Food and Melrose Place fame) had her cute kid Haile doing a wild design on her dish.

Others who supported the cause included High School Musical castmate KayCee Stroh, Two and a Half Men’s Angus T. Jones, Southland’s Regina King, Romeo, Shar Jackson, Debbie Matenopoulos, little Madison Pettis and pint-size Isabella Acres from ABC’s Better Off Ted.

Of course the performers visiting the lounge also enjoyed seeing the trendiest new gadgets, such as the amazing new cell phone photo printer from Polaroid. Some of the latest must-haves in high-tech computer electronics were presented by PNY.

Fashion trends were seen with the super-stylish designer boots by Capelta. The boots, created by trend-setter founder-model Monique Capelta, range from urban cowgirl designs to rock star chic. The grownup stars really went wild over them. For the youngsters, the “red carpet ready” footwear of choice was Stride Rite’s glow-in-the-dark sneakers called “Slimers!” paying tribute to the gooey Nickelodeon tradition seen at the Kids Choice Awards.

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Other fabulous products featured were Guilty Pleasures pop-culture trivia game (great fun for the entire family to play); Dance Dance Revolution, Lipsmackers, Wrigley’s 5 Gum, P.A.C. Perfect Skincare, Crayola, Classicphotobooth.net, Richard Solo Electronics, Transworld Skateboards, K’Nex, the Game Doc, Fabulous Fantasies Arcade Game,  Blockbuster, Scholastic books, Crumbs Bake Shop, and Dream Arcades, which got the celebrities to autograph an awesome video machine to be donated to the LA Food Bank.

Platinum Publicity’s gracious host Melanie Segal called the celebrities trend setters who can encourage others about the importance of family values. That was Stouffers goal when the company launched a “Let’s Fix Dinner” campaign promoting family values by encouraging families to eat dinner together more often.

There’s some amazing research from the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) which supports the fact that kids who eat meals together with their families are less likely to get into trouble. They also get better grades and are more likely to feel that their parents are proud of them.

The two-day event at the Magic Castle certainly offered food for thought.


Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to be half of the husband and wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who have written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 30 years.

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