By Jenny Peters and Jeff Peters
A few clouds and light sprinkles of rain weren’t enough to dampen the spirits of the celebrity golfers this year at the 12th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic in Toluca Lake, Calif., especially when they could dash into PR superstar Doris Bergman’s 3rd Annual “Gratitude Lounge,” a luxury gifting suite featuring stylish bling, special 19th hole libations and designer beauty products from a multitude of sponsors supporting the charity event.
Dodging the drizzle near the clubhouse, guests were treated to L.A.’s reigning hotdog favorite, Pink’s. Every dietary preference was taken into consideration with perfectly prepared wieners available in beef, turkey or vegan styles, all served with a full array of toppings, including their famous chili. Stopping at Pink’s pink tent to satisfy an 18-hole appetite became a warming treat of the cool day.
Once inside the Gratitude Lounge, many other culinary treats and libations awaited supporters of the George Lopez Foundation. Popcornopolis offered both small samples and large bags of their gluten-free gourmet hand-popped snacks, including their latest creation of “Unicorn,” a rainbow of flavored popcorn described as having a taste similar to Froot Loops cereal. For those who preferred a healthier alternative to snacking, True Gold Honey offered tastes and jars of their 100% pure, raw, unfiltered honey from California’s Sample Family Apiaries bees, including flavors of avocado, wild buckwheat and the uplifting natural energy boost of orange blossom.
Plenty of stars took the time to check out the lounge, as famous Lopez pals including Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Joe Pesci, Edward James Olmos and Eva Longoria stopped into the jam-packed scene, ready to taste, try on and enjoy the various sponsors’ offerings.
Tempting palates post-tournament play were presenting sponsors Precious Vodka and BuyWine.com, who both offered 19th hole libations to the duffers and pros alike. Precious Vodka gave everyone (including “Black-ish” leading man Anthony Anderson) a striking diamond-shaped bottled of their award-winning and extremely smooth vodka, complete with a gemstone in the cap! BuyWines.com poured glasses of an inexhaustible supply of chilled celebratory champagne, along with selections of white and red wines. Their featured pour for the day’s fundraising activities was a lovely limited-edition Chardonnay (only 150 cases) from Buhman Ranch Estate Vineyards in Napa, Calif.
Refreshing Hint Water was also on hand with samples of their flavored sparkling water to keep everyone hydrated and tickle the taste buds with flavors including blackberry and watermelon.
For those in attendance who prefer their stimulation in a more herbal method, Green Goddess Collective out of Venice, Calif., was on hand to offer healing and wellness in the form of CBD and THC products. Representing a wide swath of products in the newly legal cannabis field, including roll ups, tinctures, edibles and medicinal salves, Green Goddess Collective focuses on medicinal as well as recreational use, and is currently expanding their Venice location to include a wellness spa.
Celebrities satiated on the inside then turned their attention to health and beauty products, jewelry and clothing items for an exterior revitalization of their wellness and style. It was a no-brainer for Caitlyn Jenner, DL Hughley, Michael Pena and others to check out rebellious Twisted Silver, who featured their repurposed material bracelets, necklaces and jewelry and gifted selections from their current Earth Collection to make sure no one left without a piece of signature bling.
Charise Noel demonstrated the design versatility of “Magic,” her newly created necklace and earring set that can be worn as a solitaire or drop necklace with interchangeable magnetic custom endings. It’s a simple, elegant and easy-to-use accessory.
YoungLA fitness clothing made sure that all attendees looked sharp on the links with their affordable line of premium athletic wear, manufactured locally in downtown L.A., made in soft breathable materials in a variety of styles and colors. Those were popular with Joe Mantegna, David Arquette, Tim Allen, Wilmer Valderrama and Richard Schiff; even big guys like ex-NBA star Norm Nixon and actor Ron Perlman found clothes to fit.
Giving a more relaxing choice in loungewear, Wrap Up by VP offered beautiful microfiber half and full robes, kimonos and wraps in unique colorful patterns from their spring botanicals collection. S&G TheSign displayed a line of luxurious Italian leather goods and presented a bespoke backpack to George Lopez, handcrafted with the beautiful Italian leather used throughout their line of customizable purses, billfolds and accessories.
Protecting skin and preventing damage from the elements was high on the gifting agenda this year as Youth Glow Skin Care gifted a set of their salon’s organic, antioxidant rich crèmes, washes, toners and balms. Beauty Kitchen host Heather Marianna was also on hand, with bug spray, sunscreen and other selections from her doctor-themed set of hair, body and face oils in rosehip, castor and argan.
This year’s focus on wellness was exemplified by event sponsor Dr. Sanda Moldovan of Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness, a board-certified periodontist and nutritionist who discussed the importance of overall personal health as correlated with one’s oral and dental care. She made sure everyone went home smarter and with a brand new toothbrush!
If you’d like to make a donation to help continue George Lopez’ mission of creating 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 visit www.georgelopezfoundation.org.