Celebrities Get Creative to Help Feed Families Thanks to Stouffers
Famous kids, big and small, were showing off their creative side decorating dinner plates that would help feed needy LA families. That was part of a recent special event presented by Stouffers at Melanie Segal’s Celebrity Gift Lounge held at the world famous Magic Castle. Surrounding the activities leading up to the Kids Choice Awards, there was a gathering of young performers from Nickelodeon, Disney and other network shows, along with young-at-heart stars such as Jewel, Wayne Brady, Seth McFarland, Brian McKnight, Blair Underwood, James Kyson Lee and Vanessa Williams. Just by showing up at Segal’s fun-filled event, the celebrities were helping a great cause because for everyone in attendance, Stouffers pledged to distribute enough food for 70,000 meals for needy families through the LA Food Bank. The yummy food company has also launched a “Let’s Fix Dinner” campaign promoting family values by encouraging families to eat dinner together more often. Research from the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) supports the fact that kids who eat meals together with their families are less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs. They also get better grades and are more likely to feel that their parents are proud of them.
“One meal at a time” is the way families stay strong according to brothers Christopher Massey (Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101”) and Kyle Massey (Disney’s “Cory in the House”). They were happy to de-corate a couple of plates that would be auctioned off to help raise funds for the Feeding America cause. “We’re having fun but we’re also aware that this will help hungry families get a healthy meal that’s as good as my mom’s cooking,” Kyle told me. Decorating the plates was also a family affair for the ultra-talented Wayne Brady (Fox TV’s “Don’t Forget the Lyrics”) who was there with his six-year-old daughter Maile. Also Vanessa Williams (of “Soul Food” and “Me-Irose Place” fame) was letting her cute kid Haile create a wild design on her dinner disk.
Wrio else was having a good time thanks to Platinum Publicity’s gracious host Melanie Segal? “High School Musical” dynamo KayCee Stroh, “Two and a Half Men” kid star Angus T. Jones, Romeo, Shar Jackson, Regina King, Debbie Matenopoulos, little Madison Pettis and pint-size Isabella Acres from ABC’s “Better Off Ted.” SegaI called the celebrities trend setters who can encourage others about the importance of family values and giving back to make the world a better place.
Of course, the performers also enjoyed seeing the latest gadgets, from the amazing new cell phone photo printer from Polaroid and high-tech PNY computer electronics. Fashion trends were seen with the super-stylish designer boots by Capelta, which makes any star “red carpet ready,” and Stride Rite’s glow-in-the-dark sneakers called “Slimers!” paying tribute to the gooey Nickelodeon tradition. Other fabulous products featured were Dance Dance Revolution, Lipsmackers, Wrigley’s 5 Gum, P.A.C. Perfect Skincare, Crayola, Classicphotobooth.net, Richard Solo Electronics, Transworld Skateboards, K’Nex, the Game Doc, Fabulous Fantasies Arcade Game, Blockbuster, Scholastic books, Guilty Pleasures pop-culture trivia game, Crumbs Bake Shop and Dream Arcades, which got the celebs to autograph a super-duper video machine to be donated to the LA Food Bank. For the two-day event at the Magic Castle, the fun never stopped, and neither did the generosity of the folks at Stouffers encouraging everyone to eat and play on family dinner day.