The Emmys Were Great, So Were the Big Pre-Events


Blair Underwood and Gavin Keilly at GBK event prior to the Emmys.

Yes, it was a great night for television, with an entertaining Emmys telecast on NBC. Jimmy Fallon was a terrific host. We can all debate our favorites, but no one can deny the talent behind the best comedy Modern Family, best drama Mad Men, Temple Grandin and miniseries The Pacific. All are awesome in their own special way.

And think about all the winners in the acting categories: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Jane Lynch, Jim Parsons, Eric Stonestreet, Edie Falco, Archie Panjabi, Kyra Sedgwick, John Lithgow, Ann Margaret, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Claire Danes, Al Pacino, Neil Patrick Harris and Betty White. There’s not a stinker among them. And most were articulate with their gratitude, which brought sincere joy to the show.

Another big joy was seeing the party-loving performers at the pre-events. I saw that the popular GBK Luxury Lounge was a good luck charm for the actors who were greeted by host Gavin Keilly, founder of GBK Productions. Winners Neil Patrick Harris (for his Glee guest role), The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi, and Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet were there the day before picking up their trophies. So were Modern Family co-stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rico Rodriguez and Sarah Hyland.

Mad Men’s Robert Morse, Bryan Batt and Kiernan Shipka, plus some of the gang from Glee were at the SLS Hotel soaking up the luxury lifestyle atmosphere, as well as learning about the charity element of the event. Tic Tac® was the GBK event’s title sponsor and it tied into the Shake, Share & Care campaign supporting the nonprofit CancerCare. Celebrities uploaded their own acts of caring on the Tic Tac brand Facebook page. It was impressive to read what some famous folks have done.

Equally impressive was learning that GBK was helping the Ann & George Lopez Foundation with kidney disease awareness and organ donation. And the Hollywood Arts educational facility also benefited in a fun atmosphere that had Jennifer Love Hewitt clowning around with Seth Green; Fred Willard clowning around with Alex Trebek; and Shirley Jones (nominated for her outstanding role on The Cleaner) with her husband-comic Marty Ingels, who can’t stop clowning around.

The lounge was filled with celebrities as well as diverse items from sponsors. They all had fun and went wild over the fashions, accessories, and products including dazzling Elana Sigal Design jewelry; vintage inspired clothing from Pinup Couture; Denimocracy, featuring denim-styled leggings; Caribbean Living Magazine; pearl accessories from The Island Pearl by Leighton; Nehita Jewelry, FreshCloz dry cleaner in a bag; Hissyfit face saving foundation; RivitaLash; and fabulous handmade shapewear and panties from TC Fine Intimates.

“From Soldier to Soldier” bracelets from Lovelinks America were a fashion statement with a social conscience, honoring and supporting wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Among those who admired the items were Blair Underwood, who plays the U.S. president in NBC’s upcoming series The Event; The Blind Side’s Quinton Aaron; Criminal Minds’ Joe Mantegna; Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim; and CSI: NY’s A.J. Buckley. Michael Chiklis, star of the upcoming series No Ordinary Family, learned about the Virtual Celebrity Islands social marketing website, set to be the wave of the future.

Getting a lot of attention was Capital A Entertainment, which had customized iPads equipped with electronic Save the Date invitations to their upcoming exclusive NBA All Star and Super Bowl related events. How cool was that? Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company and proved to be the perfect combination for a snack while some relaxed, getting manicures from the Nail Garden’s professionals who really know how to pamper.

Everyone who attended the event was treated like a winner, even before Emmy’s big night.

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