By Karen Salkin
As they do every year, GBK Productions put on a fabulous event to celebrate the 65th annual Primetime Emmys. Led by head honcho Gavin Keilly, his beautiful staff hosted a myriad of television celebrities, who were more than happy to receive the many gifts from the suite’s outstanding sponsors.
Amongst the numerous celebs were Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris; Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Tony Hale; Modern Family’s Ed O’Neill; RJ Mitte from the late lamented Breaking Bad; Matt LeBlanc, who’s known more for Episodes nowadays rather than for the classic Friends; and DennisQuaid, late of Vegas, which apparently I was the only person who watched religiously.
Representing my favorite group of talented people–dancers and choreographers–were So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy, (who confided to me that she’s so in shape nowadays due to her Italian diet,) along with that show’s unbelievably gifted choreographer, Travis Wall, and Dancing With The Stars pro dancers Karina Smirnoff and Gleb Savchenko.
They were all gifted with an interesting mix of products. I didn’t get to ask any of the celebs which ones they were loving the most, but here’s a list of myfavorites:
The Artisan Group gifted goodie bags of handcrafted items, including jewelry, art pieces, soaps, and all kinds of little knickknacks that you didn’t even realize you needed, but once you get them you can’t live without.
Though I’m the farthest thing from a cat fan, I was impressed that Tidy Cats donated $100 to SPCALA for every guest who tossed their new container of Lightweight 24/7 Performance kitty litter. Not to be outdone by felines, canines were gifted, as well, with a one-month prescription to mail order “goodie box” service from Bark Box.
Other highlights of the eclectic group of gifts included: the best shape-ware ever from TC Intimates, (no hyperbole here—I swear by their no-panty-line panties;) silver “Infinity X Infinity” pendants from Helzberg Diamonds, which was inspired by the symbol used on Revenge; multifunctional (and attractive) scarves from Headwear; gift certificates for real hair extensions from Pelo Hair in Thousand Oaks, and super-easy press-on Impress Nails, which they applied right there for you if you so chose, (which of course I did!)
As always, GBK realized that we need sustenance to have the strength to receive all these gifts, and we couldn’t have been happier than? with the creative sandwiches courtesy of Ike’s Love & Sandwiches. There were a lot of sweet treats that I didn’t have time to try, except for the best candy apples ever fromApple Revolution, and lovely chewy caramels from Lovely Candy company, where the name did, indeed, say it all. And retailer Total Wines & More, poured Truett Hurst’s delicious California Square wines throughout.
I ended the day with what turned out to be my favorite part of the GBK gifting suite this time—creating an Action Flipbook right in front of my eyes. This is how it works: you choose your background, such as the beach, pick up some fun props, (my associate and I chose giant instruments,) and then just move around for thirty seconds while the guys from the company do the rest. You leave there with your very own “flipbook,” which I’m sure some of us remember from childhood. But since my childhood is never-ending, I appreciated this sponsor the most.
All in all, this was another fabulous event from GBK, of which I’m always most appreciative.
You can read a more detailed account of the GBK’s Emmys lounge on www.itsnotaboutme.tv/news/
Photos Courtesy of GBK Productions.