:: GBK's Annual Luxury Lounge during MTV Movie Awards Weekend
By: Carmine Pascuzzi
GBK - (gbkproductions.com) - the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, honoured the 2013 MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters with its Annual Gift Lounge on April 12 and 13.
GBK, the recipient of multiple BizBash’s Award for “Best Gift Bag,” offered its exclusive list of invited celebrities, VIPs, and Media an opportunity to view a luxurious environment with gifts, refreshments, and music from DJ BABYCHINO – the world’s youngest DJ.
The 2013 MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters received goods and services ranging from fashion and beauty products, to exotic travel destinations and the latest gourmet treats including Presenting Sponsor Viva Diva Wines, one of the fastest growing Moscato brands in the U.S., who were on site gifting a bottle of their Pinot Grigio or flavoured Moscato; Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, sampled their gourmet Mexican cuisine with Louisiana influences, and gifted complimentary VIP cards; Sabra Dipping Company, provided their Sabra Grab N’ Go containers and sampled a variety of flavours of Sabra Hummus, as well as Guacamole, Salsa and Veggie Dips; Cookie Connection, gifted attendees with 12 amazing cookies with one being a photo cookie; and KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn, a Seattle-based company, dedicated to providing delectable popcorn flavours from the highest quality ingredients. In honour of the MTV Awards, KuKuRuZa also provided a specialty popcorn bar where guests could take home a bag filled with their flavour of choice!
This year’s event featured a variety of youthful, trend-setting products in the fashion and beauty categories. Jewellery and accessories resumed their place as a must have at any GBK Celebrity Gift Lounge, and featured Jade and Jasper, gifting their Fabulous Phyliss Necklace or their Enchanting Riona Necklace; Infinite Jewellery Designs, gifting their beautifully crafted Genuine Louisiana Alligator Cuff Bracelets; The Headware, gifting The Headware and LoopScarf - multi functional accessories made of stretchable, tubular and breathable material allowing for a myriad of uses; bigtruck brand, INC, gifting incredible custom bigtruck brand hats; Respect Your Universe, gifting the men an organic cotton Warrior Training Hoody and the women with a 100% polyester vented Endurance Jacket; and BlingIsTheNewBlack.com, gifting Crystal Bling Tees, Tanks, Bags and Bling Your Sole.
Beauty sponsors made their mark on the lounge and GBK showcased luxury brands such as: Designer Skin, gifting high-end UV and sunless tanning lotions; Keratin Complex, gifting their at-home product line which includes a full-range of Keratin-infused styling products and tools that increase shine, minimize styling time and reduce frizz; BARBAR Hair Tools, gifting their professional 4800 Ionic Dryer; and imPRESS Press On Manicure by Broadway Nails – get a salon perfect manicure in seconds with imPRESS. Simply peel off tab and press on nails!
Other fantastic sponsors and gifts included: Caribbean Living, gifting an all inclusive trip for 2 to the newest Hard Rock resorts in the tropics – Puerto Vallarta & Cancun; Empress Essentials, gifting their luxurious, hand-poured, pure soy candles in the intoxicating fragrance of “Love”; SOL REPUBLIC, Inc., the pioneer of customizable headphones, offers a myriad of affordable colours, styles and performance levels – allowing anyone to create precisely the headphone they want; Jada Toys, Inc., gifting their new Cutie Pops Dolls; 2K, providing a cross selection of the largest, most critically acclaimed titles in the video game industry; SKLZ, gifting the Gold Flex warm-up and tempo training aid – which is designed to improve your swing while providing a core muscle workout; and YES! Beat Liver Tumors, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information, resources, support and HOPE to those who are affected by cancer of the liver and other forms of advanced cancer – gifting Amazon Kindles pre-loaded with life-saving information for those who are affected by liver tumors.
A true highlight of the lounge was Sparkling Hill Resort, a European-inspired wellness resort known as the first resort in the world to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design. Guests received a 5 night Couples Escape in a stunning penthouse suite, with access to a wide range of wellness treatments featured at the resort’s world-renowned Kurspa – a 40,000 square foot spa providing over 100 treatments and therapies.
As always, GBK featured an array of charitable organizations including: GUARDaHEART Foundation- a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease prevention by spreading the word to guard your heart and save your life. Celebrity guest Jason Ritter made a special appearance on the 10 year anniversary since he lost his father – actor John Ritter – to heart disease, to co-present a check with Aviir for $100,000 to the GUARDaHEART Foundation.
Additional charity beneficiaries included: The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation - The mission is to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Juvenile diabetes. Lopez Foundation - The charity’s mission is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation. My Life My Power – a 501©3 Charity which works with kids, parents and schools around the nation with issues like bullying, drugs and alcohol, and dropouts. Steps4Paws – Steps4Paws is bringing the fashion world forward to support dog rescue organizations, saving lives one dog at a time. Lambda Legal - For 40 years, Lambda Legal has led the fight for equal and fair treatment of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Here are pictures from Day 1
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| DJ Babychino || Katie Cazorla - TV Guide’s Nail Files |
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| legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard || George Lopez - TV personality |
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| Eva Marcille Pigford - America’s Next Top Model Winner || Shanola Hampton - Shameless |
| Viva Diva Wines |
| Jada Toys Inc |
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| Daniele Watts - Django Unchained || Sonequa Martin-Green - The Walking Dead |
| Tamara Barney - Real Housewives of Orange County |
Here are pictures from Day 2
| Jason Ritter presented a donation of $100,000 in memory of late father John |
| Ray Liotta & Danny Trejo |
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| Kristen Bauer - True Blood || Patti Stanger - Millionaire Matchmaker |
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| Judith Shekoni - Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 || Jax Taylor - Vanderpump Rules |
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| Tempestt Bledsoe - Guys with Kids || Aubrey O'Day - singer |
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| Charisma Carpenter - actress || Christina Milian - The Voice |
| Ester Dean & Alexis Knapp - Pitch Perfect |