An uplifting and elegant evening started by strolling down a snowy white carpet that led to a winter wonderland. The magical setting was created inside the Beverly Wilshire ballroom and Santa was there! So was Percy “Master P” Miller who hosted the inaugural Let The Kids Grow Holiday Gala, along with the courageous and charitable lady Simin Hashemizadeh.
Miller is a respected music mogul and five time Grammy winner, but on this night “Master P” stood for master of philanthropy. He started the LTKG Foundation to teach kids the importance of education and making good decisions. “The LTKG organization provides underserved youth valuable life experiences through performing arts activities, film, and photography,” said Miller, who emphasized “our mission is to strengthen families through education and togetherness. It’s all about inspiring the next generation.”
Supporting their dad were Master P’s recording star son Romeo Miller, and songbird daughter Cymphonique, who wowed the crowd with her beautiful voice. The fundraiser also put the spotlight on L.A. Laker Dwight Howard, who was honored for providing scholarships to youngsters. The super-tall Howard said, “I look up to Master P who has influenced me to help change people’s lives. Ever since I joined the NBA my goal has been to give back to the community.” And he has.
Filmmaker-actor Tyler Perry couldn’t be there but was honored as a role model, as were Nick Cannon, Kirstie Alley, and KPWR’s Big Boy. Also lauded for their support of LTKG were Dr. Ralph Mayer, and Dr. Shahrad Rahban, of the South Pacific Surgery Center founded by Simin Hashemizadeh.
Some famous faces I saw having a ball at the gala were singers Freda Payne and Sherrie Payne, Michael Jai White, Eva Pickford, and my buddy Kyle Massey, who is looking forward to returning to Las Vegas in the new year to headline the Dancing With the Stars stageshow. “I know I’m going to have much more fun this time around, because now I’m 21,” informed the baby-face Kyle.
A shout out to Pam Giangregorio and the p.r. mavens from Katy Sweet Public Relations, who always do an extraordinary job helping events run smoothly. And taking the place of Santa, the new celebrity gifting company HSB: Hollywood Swag Bag had gift bags for generous donors, making the LTKG supporters feel like kids on Christmas morning.
Teen Singing Sensation Emil
Speaking of kids and music, teen singing sensation Emil is getting some well deserved attention. We caught up with Emil when he announced his current single “Night Train” has turned into a bullet train on the national charts for him on the airwaves. After only two weeks on the Independent Music Network’s Mainstream chart, Emil has cracked the Top 10 coming in at #8. And on New Music Weekly’s Hot 100 (a compilation of all genres), “Night Train” hit #56 after its October release on radio and is moving faster than songs by veteran artists such as Kanye West and Pink.
“It is safe to say Emil’s new song is moving quite quickly up the charts,” reported Masika Swain from New Music Weekly. “He is a known artist who has previously released hit songs, so that always helps. But ‘Night Train’ appears to be moving faster than any other of his singles. Radio has embraced this song.”
The last time Emil was in town he made his debut at the Whiskey on the Sunset Strip and had “Since You Left” climbing the charts. But what I found most impressive was his CD All I Ever Knew, which included the cut “Missing Child” that influenced his desire to help missing and exploited children with fund-raising concerts and getting the word out to his strong fan base via emilnow.com.
“I’m lucky I can balance the best of both worlds, singing career and education,” the ultra-likable teen told me, assuring that he is enjoying his senior year of high school in Colorado, “where it is beautiful this time of year.”