Celebs show up to “Be KIND” at Kathy Duliakas’s 5th Annual Celebrity Oscar® Suite and Party Benefiting the KIND Campaign

Cas Anvar (Argo - Won Oscar® for Best Picture) with Maleku Jewelry® designer Ileana Rojas-Bennett and his Maleku emerald cuff links at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: R Shawn Photography

On Thursday, February 21, Taglyan Complex – renowned for its spectacular interior and delectable cuisine – welcomed 200 of Hollywood’s elite into it’s private garden oasis and opened their grand ballroom doors, alongside Maleku Jewelry®, to honor the film industry’s Oscar® Nominated actors, former Oscar® winners, wardrobe stylists and industry VIPS.

This highly anticipated invitation-only event, produced by Kathy Duliakas, presented by LA SkinAesthetics and benefiting the KIND Campaign offered an incredible array of stunning jewelry, fashion, exotic vacations, active wear, sunglasses, footwear, the finest in body, skin and hair care, delectable sweets, tantalizing cocktails and more!

Taglyan’s own Divine Food and Catering created an epicurean’s ecstasy with a gourmet menu complete with Mediterranean influences. Just a few of the mouth-watering dishes the stars feasted on were Lamb and Marinated Chicken Kabobs, Shrimp Shooters, Divine Beet Salad, Tomato Bruschetta, Tri-Color Sandwich Wraps, Pan Seared Crab Cakes, Greek Salad, Eggplant Involtini, Cheese Boreg and Divine Peppers.

Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle) and Melinda Chan at her LA SkinAesthetics booth at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Manuel Carrillo

Guests in attendance included Adrienne Maloof (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Rory Cochrane (Argo – Won Oscar® for Best Picture), Jackson Pace (Homeland), Lucy Alibar (Oscar® Nominee – Writer, Beasts of the Southern Wild), Ali Saam (Argo – Won Oscar® for Best Picture), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Tara Summers (Hitchcock, Ringer), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), Wes Ramsey (CSI: Miami), Matt Nolan (Argo – Won Oscar® for Best Picture), (Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle), Gilles Marini (Switched At Birth), Nicholas Bishop (Body of Proof), Todd Lasance (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Tiffany Brouwer (The Help), Judi Shekoni (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Jay Harrington (Hot in Cleveland), Carly Rose Sonenclar (The X Factor Finalist), Matthew Fahey (Awkward), Nikki Deloach (Awkward), Sophie Winkleman (Two and a Half Men), Sean Stone (Savages), Sandra Vergara (The Devil’s Ink), Pandora Vanderpump (Vanderpump Rules), Marilu Henner (All Star Celebrity Apprentice), Renee Olstead (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Caitlin Thompson (90210), LuAnn de Lesseps (The Real Housewives of New York City), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2: The Streets), Amy Rider (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Stephanie Pratt (The Hills), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood, General Hospital), Brian White (Beauty & the Beast), Chelsie Hightower (Dancing with the Stars), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter), Victor Alfieri (Southland), Cas Anvar (Diana), Rowly Dennis (Jane by Design), Charlene Amoia (American Reunion), Okera Banks (VH1 Style Expert), Patricia Velasquez (The L Word), Kristen Quintrall (The Helpers), Carly Steel (TV Guide Network On-Air Host), Danielle Nicolet (X-Men), Nikki Tomlinson (The Funny Man), Jill Marie Jones (Girlfriends), Ariane Bellamar (Beverly Hills Nannies), Amy Paffrath (Trend This!), Matthew Hoffman (On Air Personality), Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson (Kind Campaign), and more!

Chelsie Hightower (Dancing with the Stars) at MEGUMI•O™ booth at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Travis Jourdain

Todd Lasance (Spartacus: War of the Damned) with Kah® Tequila at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Travis Jourdain

Wes Ramsey (CSI: Miami) with models Memry Anderson and Anna Kleppe at their Big. Bold. Fierce.® booth at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Travis Jourdain

Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood, Cougar Town) at DharmaSmart: Purposeful Living Essentials at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Greg Coffey

Before entering the gifting suite, guests recorded PSA’s against bullying for the KIND Campaign. Founders Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson were on hand to film the star’s messages. “We are thrilled to be the official charity at Kathy Duliakas’s 5th Annual Celebrity Oscar® Suite & Party,” said Pareskian, whose fiance two-time Emmy® winning actor Aaron Paul is a strong supporter of the cause.

“It’s so encouraging to see this desire to spread awareness about girl-against-girl `crime’ and to support our efforts to launch KIND KITS this fall,” continued Thompson.

Duliakas was equally passionate about the KIND Campaign. “I am thrilled that my 5th Annual Celebrity Oscar® Suite & Party is benefiting such an amazing and worthwhile cause. The stars who came out today are being gifted such amazing products, that it’s only right that we all give something back. It’s inspiring to see the overwhelming support that I’ve received from the Hollywood community for my event and the KIND Campaign.”

The event featured brands such as Maleku Jewelry®, LA SkinAesthetics, MEGUMI•O™, Beach Girls, Isabeau™, LEX Cosmetics™, Julie Lopez, DharmaSmart, GOGA by Gordana, Nina.B.Roze®, Twisted Silver®, Hot Iron Holster®, Perch™ By TII, Divine Food and Catering, Single® by Galina Sobolev, Tough Luv®, Big. Bold. Fierce.®, Trips 4 Fundraising™, Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgery Center, Chilanthropy™, Nava Natural, M.B. York™, Kah® Tequila, Eco Swim™, Nick Chavez® Beverly Hills, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Joia® All Natural Soda, NitroCream, Photo Booth Pro, 9021Pho, Zing® Vodka, Twistband®, LUNA®, Justin’s®, ShowStoppers®, Soaptopia®, 95 & Sunny, Hawaiian Springs® Water, Pirate’s Booty, Pretzel Crisps®, Erewhon, Tea Forté®, Zestra®.

Stephanie Pratt (The Hills) with founder Christine Creed and friend at her Beach Girls booth at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Courtesy of Beach Girls

Amy Rider (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and friend enjoying NitroCream handmade sorbet at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Travis Jourdain

Taglyan Complex's Divine Food and Catering at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Travis Jourdain

Adrienne Maloof (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) enjoying a refreshing drink of Joia® All Natural Soda and Zing® Vodka at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Raquel Rischard

Guests had plenty of rave reviews about the suite and their own personal thoughts on the important charity being benefited. “Kathy Duliakas always brings it on,” says Adrienne Maloof, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. “Every year, I’m more amazed at what she can do. This event is fabulous, I’m having a great time.”

On the topic of bullying, Maloof responded, “I came out today to support my great friend Kathy Duliakas who produced this amazing event and for the charity. Anti-bullying is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. I have three young boys and as a mother, you always want to protect your children. Parents play a role in how their children treat one another and it needs to start in the homes. Bullying isn’t just exclusive to children and teenagers. Adults bully each other as well, and it’s equally unacceptable. We all need to do our part to help put an end to bullying immediately.”

The Secret Circle’s Natasha Henstridge says, “Kathy always puts on a heck of a suite and there’s always a great charity involved. What’s interesting is that people are genuinely interested in what the charity is at her suites. She’s really connected with people on that level, which is nice.”

The X Factor’s Carly Rose Sonenclar chimes in: “Being in the 8th grade, I know all about bullying and how it can be difficult. This is really awesome that this event is benefiting such a great cause.”

Carly Rose Sonenclar (The X Factor finalist) and her mom checking out Julie Lopez shoes at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Manuel Carillo

Nicholas Bishop (Body of Proof) with Dr. Kathy Gohar from Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgery Center at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Travis Jourdain

Body of Proof’s Nicholas Bishop agrees, “Bullying is unacceptable and just not cool. The suite is wonderful. Kathy always pulls together a great selection of people and companies. There’s a lot of great products, some fantastic jewelry, skin care, tequila and … even ice cream with tequila. And it’s all for a really worthy cause.”

Cas Anvar from Argo, Oscar® Winner for Best Picture, says, “Yes, I was bullied all throughout elementary and high school. So I have I huge soft spot in my heart for this campaign and am a huge advocate for what they’re trying to do. Kids need to be educated.” Regarding the suite, Anvar continued, “This is one of the best gifting suites I’ve ever been to, the quality is top notch. Every one of these brands were amazing. I’m really impressed; Kathy has put on an incredibly high quality event.”

Renee OIstead (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) with Nava Feller at her Nava Natural booth at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Joseph Abraham

Briana Evigan (Step Up 2: The Streets) with founder Alexa Barron at her LEX Cosmetics™ booth at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Manuel Carrillo

Grey’s Anatomy’s Jason George revealed. “I tended to be the bully to the bullies in school. I have an overdeveloped sense of justice. Bullying is just wrong.”

“It’s always a treat to be invited to Kathy’s suites because she does just a spectacular job, always. It’s truly one of the classiest, most elegant, most beautiful, most well-attended, most well-vendored suites I have ever been to and I’ve been to a lot of them because I like swag,” remarked True Blood’s Carolyn Hennesy. “In school, I was teased mercilessly, the cruelty of children is just staggering. I never really found a decent way to combat it but I learned as I got older that you can combat it with humor. And the best thing to do when bullied I have found is simply agree with them. It takes absolutely the wind out of their sails. This event is all for the cause, it’s for the kids.”

“I love this room and this building. This is fabulous!” exclaimed Fox 11 News Anchor Christine Devine. “I think this venue is one of L.A.’s hidden treasures. I have not been here before.”

Gilles Marini from Switched at Birth attended not only for the charity but for other reasons as well. “I brought my wife because you know the story, a happy wife is … a happy wife. And right now, she has a big smile on her face so that’s all that matters. This suite is very classy.” And finally Southland’s Victor Alfieri left us with something to think about. “I got bullied a lot growing up. But one thing you have to do for sure, is to just stand up, believe in yourself and just be kind.” Added Alfieri, “What I’ve learned is that with anger, you don’t accomplish anything.”

Another highlight of Kathy Duliakas’s 5th Annual Celebrity Oscar® Suite & Party was the Sweeet! Swag™ Live Twitter Lounge. For the first time, the entire event tweeted LIVE as all the action unfolded. Celebrities, sponsors, media and a group of social media experts gave their followers an all access VIP digital pass into the party allowing them the opportunity to join in on the conversation, fun, swag, ask celebrities questions in real time and follow the live stream by using the hashtag #SweeetSwag. The Sweeet! Swag Live Twitter Lounge for the day resulted in well over 1,000,000 Twitter impressions.

MTV's Awkward's Nikki Deloach with designer Elaine Lai at her Tough Luv® booth at Kathy Duliakas' 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Travis Jourdain

About Kathy Duliakas: Having produced four over-the-top Oscar® and three Emmy® events in 2010, 2011 and 2012 at Cafe La Boheme, Gonpachi Beverly Hills, Lexington Social House, and most recently at the Taglyan Complex, entrepreneur, publisher & producer Kathy Duliakas has established herself as a producer of “the best gifting suite they’ve attended” among the Hollywood elite and media.

About KIND Campaign: Based upon the powerful belief in KINDness, the KIND Campaign is an internationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit movement, documentary and school assembly program that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime.” Guests at the event were invited to say a few words of advice or encouragement that will be featured in the KIND KIT, an anti-bullying curriculum that will include the Finding Kind documentary, an assembly DVD, and the KIND Club Curriculum. KIND KITS, set to release Fall 2013, will be released to schools nationwide to hold their own assemblies on this crucial topic. KIND Campaign’s goal has been to start vital conversations and educate girls across the nation about the importance of respecting one another, ourselves, mending on-going social conflicts and viewing other females as allies rather than enemies. Help support this innovative campaign to help put an end to bullying.www.kindcampaign.com

About Taglyan Cultural Complex: Nestled in the heart of Hollywood, Taglyan Cultural Complex has gained a reputation as being one of the most esteemed event spaces in Southern California. Taglyan boasts over 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, it is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, custom furniture and linens, event planning services, professional staff and delectable gourmet cuisine by Taglyan’s own Divine Food and Catering, which can meet the needs of even the most discerning palates. Come encounter tranquil elegance coupled with fine dining and impeccable service. Taglyan Cultural Complex invites you to come experience the difference. www.taglyancomplex.com

Pandora Vanderpump Todd Sabo with the Sweeet! Swag gift bag contents at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Jeff Carrillo

Sandra Vergara (Fright Night, The Devil's Ink) and designer Nina Berenboym at her Nina.B.Roze® booth at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Travis Jourdain

Social Media Experts Lori Moreno, Sebastian St. George and Evangelina Rexes in the Sweeet! Swag™ Live Twitter Lounge at Kathy Duliakas's 5th Annual Celebrity Oscar® Suite & Party Photo: Holly Follis

About Lindsay Taub:
Lindsay Taub is an LA-based writer/editor who covers travel, lifestyle, culture, music/arts, food, wellness, and more. She calls Los Angeles home when she's there, but prefers to leave the city for the mountains and open spaces as often as possible. She loves cooking, gardening, live music, hiking with her three rescue dogs, and rustic luxury. Follow her on instagram/twitter @lindsaytaub and follow the Pacific Punch @ThePacificPunch or email lindsaytaub58@gmail.com. Learn more at www.lindsaytaub.com and www.voyagevixens.com .***


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