LOS ANGELES, CA, August 24, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- OK! TV kicked off the award weekend with a star-studded night celebrating Emmy nominees and presenters along with Hollywood's most philanthropic talent on the "Giving Carpet" at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Celebrity DJ, Caroline D'Amore kept guests grooving, and Emmy-nominated, multifaceted performer and singer-songwriter, Mark Ballas, rounded out the night with a performance promoting his upcoming studio EP, "Kicking Clouds."
The celebration hosted all-star packed red carpet featuring, Gary Cole (Pineapple Express), Tom Green, Jenni Pulos & Jeff Lewis (Flipping Out), Hayley Hasselhoff, Mario Lavandeira (Perez Hilton), Kate Flannery (The Office), Gleb Savchenko (DWTS), Thomas Ian Scott (American Pie). While celebrities strut the red carpet, they proudly represented their personal charities and discussed how they give back. Face Forward Foundation, was the highlighted charity of the night which provides pro bono reconstructive surgery to victims of domestic abuse. The Founders (Dr. David and Deborah Alessi) attended to promote their upcoming event, featuring Estelle on September 13th in Los Angeles. https://faceforward.nbblticketing.com/index.html
After Caroline D'Amore rocked the house, Mark Ballas serenaded the crowd with an exclusive acoustic set. The Dancing with the Stars champion, performed some fan favorites as well as his hit single, X, followed by music off of his upcoming studio EP, "Kicking Clouds."
The Esterel restaurant at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills provided food for the evening. Guests were also treated to delicious drinks by Hint Water, Heineken, Freixenet Cava and Jose Cuervo, and snacked on a variety of delectable Sprinkles Cupcakes and Popchips. Upon leaving the event, attendees were given exclusive thank-you gifts compliments of Beauty Kitchen, and Make It Splat. The night was captured by OK!TV and will air on the nationally syndicated entertainment show on Tuesday, August 26th. OK!TV will also promote their pre-party coverage tonight at midnight on KCAL in Los Angeles and 11:30pm on WLNY in New York.
Party Production, talent wrangling and public relations were provided by Valentine Group, DirectFire Media and It Girl Public Relations.
About OK! TV
OK! TV is a daily broadcast show that focuses on celebrity news, lifestyle and culture and averaged over one million viewers per episode in its first nine months, and aired a second time on the Reelz Channel. Since its premiere on September 9, 2013, OK! TV prides itself in being a celebrity-friendly show, featuring segments that include, red carpet coverage, movie premieres, one-on-one celebrity interviews, charity events, and behind the scenes coverage of films and television programs. With bureaus in NYC, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the half hour entertainment show is the only show with ties to well-known publishing brands including Shape and Men's Fitness. OK! TV saw a 50% rating increase from February to May 2014 syndicated to over 1.6 million viewers per week and broadcasted over 140 stations including CBS Station Group, Media General, Sinclair, Hubbard Broadcasting etc. Although OK! TV uses the familiar logo, they are an independent entity with complete editorial and production autonomy.
About Face Forward
Since its creation in 2007, Face Forward has worked with advocates around the nation to identify victims of domestic violence who are working towards recovery, yet carry the physical evidence of past abuse. Face Forward does more than just provide pro bono reconstructive surgery to adults and children who have suffered from traumatic and physical abuse; they also create a welcoming and safe environment for the victims to start a new life and reclaim their confidence.
About Mark Ballas
Mark is an Emmy-nominated choreographer, actor and musician. As part of the professional cast of "Dancing with the Stars" for the past 14 seasons, Mark has proven to not only be a fan favorite, but is also no stranger to the coveted Mirrorball trophy. He is a two-time champion and a seven-time finalist - winning season 6 with Kristi Yamaguchi and season 8 with Shawn Johnson.
When not dancing, Mark focuses on his other passion - music. Mark is an accomplished guitarist specializing in Flamenco, Funk, Blues and Rock. In May 2014, Mark released his debut single Get My Name produced by Wizz Dumb which Ballas co-wrote with writer Jo'zzy. Get My Name broke Top 40 in release week on the iTunes pop chart landing #24 and the music video debuted #1 on multiple MTV platforms. On August 3, 2014, Mark released his second single, 'Miss Incredible,' again produced by Wizz Dumb and written by Ballas and Jo'zzy. The breath taking cinematic-style 'Miss Incredible' video features Miss Incredibles from all walks of life and is set for release September 2, 2014. Mark's first full production solo EP, KICKING CLOUDS will drop on September 16, 2014. Both Get My Name and Miss Incredible are available on iTunes now.
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