Events, Causes and Calendar Dates to Note

WOW! Emmy Lounge

The best thing about this year’s Emmys was all the pre-Emmy parties and lounges. They are the best places to discover new products and trends. A great example was the WOW Creations Media event. Founders Matt and Mark Harris hosted their celebrity gifting lounge at the Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Wow's Harris Bros., photo by Margie Barron


Buzz Aldrin photo by Margie Barron

A star of The Big Bang Theory, Emmy nominee Mayim Bialik was there. But even more impressive was seeing a man who has actually touched stardust, astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The hero who walked on the moon says he’s happy that people nowdays recognized him from his stint on Dancing With the Stars, and loved his patriotic routines.

WOW’s Matt and Mark Harris treat everyone like a star at their soirees, which have included events at the Kentucky Derby, Sundance Film Festival, Canadian Country Music Awards, as well as prestigious Hollywood affairs.

The Harris brothers have been featured as experts on A&E’s Storage Wars, and their appearnace sparked a great idea for their own show, if some enterprising network or production company is looking for a unique angle for the celebrity scene.

Face Forward

Comic-actor Tom Arnold is a wacky guy, but he got very serious when he talked about the reason why he took on the emcee duties for the third annual Face Forward Gala. “Wounds run deep. And if we can help with the scars on the outside, maybe we can start the healing process on the inside.”

Face Forward perfect hosts Deborah and Dr. David Alessi, photo by M.Barron

That sensitivity made Arnold the perfect guy to help make the event a successful fundraiser for the not for profit Face Forward organization ( founded by Dr. David Alessi and his wife Deborah Alessi. It helps provide facial reconstructive services for women and children who have been victims of violence. Reigning over the glamorous Moroccan-themed night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Dr. and Mrs. Alessi deserve tremendous credit for the caring work they do.

The Face Forward event also had actress Bonnie Somerville (A Holiday Engagement) helping Arnold with his emcee duties. With a crowd saturated with doctors, the stunning blonde was funny when she kept announcing that she was healthy and single.

Project Green and Alive!

The heat was extreme recently in L.A., but supporting the green cause was worth it when celebrities joined a hot crowd that wanted to “help us help the kids.” Project Green and Alive! Expo Green Pavilion Founders Kim Kreiss and Patrycja Siewert-Towns put together the ultimate entertainment lounge to raise awareness in the green community in conjunction with their charity. Project Green 501c3 has the mission to protect green space for future generations by building eco-friendly back-to-basic summer camps for kids.

The fun event had Browse for Eco-Luxe goodies and the celebrities loved their VIP Gift Bags by “A Lot To Say” and enjoyed live music performances. They relaxed in the “Kaboo Internet Cafe” and celebrate Healthy Happy Hours. Among the participants were Diablo Taco Silverlake, Summer Stearns; Liquid Money Perfume; DermaWand;; Columbia College; Aubrey Organics, among others.

Upcoming World Teachers Day Oct. 5

Let’s hear it for the folks who taught us everything we know. October 5 is World Teacher’s Day, and Junior Achievement of Southern California will celebrate it by putting its Graduation Pathways program in the spotlight, along with an amazing teacher. Maynard Brown, who has showcased the Graduation Pathways in his Crenshaw High School curriculum, will receive the “School Makes Cents” Award from JASoCAl. The Graduation Pathways program aims to keep underserved kids in school. Go to

Annual Les Girls Cabaret Oct. 15

Promising to be sexy and fun, Les Girls, an evening of song and celebration to benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund is set for its 12th annual cabaret event on Oct. 15 at the Avalon in Hollywood. The cabaret will feature incredible talent including Eric McCormack, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Kate Flannery, Loretta Devine, Robert Morse, Peri Gilpin, Ana Ortiz, Steven Weber, and Sharon Lawrence, among many others. The goal of the NBCC is to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. Go to


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 have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.