By Shannah Carol, Home Business Magazine Publicity Editor
The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards occurred over the weekend, and it was a dazzling Hollywood affair filled with glamour and excellence in television. Home Business Magazine attended GBK’s esteemed Pre-Emmy Gift Lounge, held at the W Hotel in Hollywood.
At the luxe event, Home Business Magazine and celeb guests like Emmys 2013 host Neil Patrick Harris learned about important charities, browsed luxurious gifts, and participated in a red carpet “toss” hosted by Presenting Sponsor NEW Tidy Cats® LightWeight 24/7 Performance®.
At GBK’s posh gift lounge, Home Business Magazine and all the guests adored the extravagant gifts, including an all-inclusive 4-night stay at the Grand Moon Palace at Palace Resorts, custom hats from Gratitude Couture, Sb Collections’ stone/pearl/sterling silver tag pieces, beautiful jewelry and stationary by The Artisan Group, the exclusive INFINITY X INFINITY jewelry collection by Helzberg Diamonds, the BARBAR 2600 Titanium Ionic Flat Iron by Barbar Hair Tools, Gourmet Cookie Gift Towers by Blondie’s Cookies, the “Loopscarf” by Headware, and BarkBox’s online subscription service for dog parents that delivers the best toys and treats.
Everyone in attendance also indulged in delicious all-natural and gluten-free truffles by Cocopotamus Chocolate, savory sandwiches by Ike’s Love & Sandwiches LLC (the #1 Quick Service Restaurant in the country), premium GMO-free candies by Lovely Candy Co., and succulent wine by Sequin Wines. Guests were also gifted with a year’s supply of delicious hummus by Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine, Pelo Vibrant Hair Extensions by Pelo Hair Los Angeles, t-shirts from the ChildSupport cause-driven company, revolutionary No Ride No Line apparel by TC Intimates, infrared sauna sessions at The Sweat Shop LA, sustainable California Square fine wine by Total Wine & More, and a lifetime membership to the No Think Diet daily meal plan and exercise program.
While learning about GUARDaHeart Foundation, which raises awareness of heart disease prevention, Home Business Magazine asked Jason Isaacs, a.k.a. Lucius Malfoy of the Harry Potter series, about his experience at the gift lounge.
HBM: What is your favorite part about being at GBK’s annual Pre-Emmy Gift Lounge?
Jason: “I think it is time to leave. [laughs] What’s not to like when people are giving away free gifts? I really like the charities here, to be honest. I am trying to counteract the dizziness of being given so much free stuff by zoning in on the charity booths here, such as GUARDaHEART Foundation and the spcaLA organization that helps prevent animal cruelty.”
|Joe Morton showing his support of Lamda Legal.|
While checking out The Creative Coalition, a non-profit Arts Advocacy Organization, Home Business Magazine also asked Joe Morton of ABC’s Scandal about why he was excited to be at the GBK gift lounge.
“Everything is free! What is there not to like?” Joe said. “So far, we like everything we’ve seen. I think the trip from Palace Resorts and Caribbean Living Magazine is going to be among our favorite.”
|Mary Murphy checking out Palace Resorts and Caribbean Living.|
At the booth for Lamda Legal, whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of the LGBT community, Home Business Magazine asked Mary Murphy of So You Think You Can Dance about her experience at the lounge.
“I love the GBK Pre-Emmy gift lounge, because it is a fun pregame event that shows you what products are coming out and it’s really exciting,” Mary said. “It’s all a part of the Emmys experience, and we’re gearing up for the big event. Everyone is in a really great mood. I love seeing new things and technology, and I especially love the beauty products like impress Press On Manicures by Broadway Nails. I am like a national spokeswoman for everything that I see that I really like, so this event has been really great and I’m having a lot of fun.
I’ve been to a million booths now, but I really like the GMO-free caramels by Lovely Candy Co. and the tasty, gluten-free truffles by Cocopotamus. These candies are amazing! Most of the time, I have to stay away from stuff like that, but I love that they are healthier for you. A couple of things that I will most definitely use immediately are these beautiful apples by apple-revolution.com. I have a national dance competition coming up in Hollywood that is based around the Hollywood theme, so I am excited about using these apples. I also really liked the Action Flipbooks booth that took our picture and made it into a little flip-book. I am going to see if I can get them at my event as well. Also, as soon as I can take that Palace Resorts trip to Bora Bora, I am going!” HBM
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