Circle Of Passion - An Evening With Lloyd Klein
February 26, 2006
For their first Celebrity Fashion Show fundraiser, Elevate Hope Foundation (EHF) teamed up with couture designer Lloyd Klein to raise money and awareness for victims of child abuse.
This black tie, invitation only gala, hosted by Natasha Henstridge, was held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA on February 26, 2006.
Celebrity guests included Chris Rock, Arthel Neville, Cookie Johnson, Golden Brooks, Eric Dickerson, Nicole Parker-Kodjoe, Dawnn Lewis, Don Newcombe, Terri J. Vaughn, Tichina Arnold, Tiffany Diamond, Jack Coleman, Beth Toussaint-Coleman, amongst others, as well as many representatives from the film, television, and corporate industries.
The evening began with both celebrity participants and guests arriving for red carpet to attend the private industry party with musical entertainment by newcomer Esther Canata, and the amazing DJ Rashida.
While enjoying an elegant dinner, guests had the opportunity to participate in the silent auction with items donated by the entertainment industry and corporate sponsors.
EHF's CEO Lynn Mabry welcomed everyone and introduced the evening's host, screen and television actress, Natasha Henstridge. Natasha shared heartfelt thoughts regarding the Elevate Hope Foundation, and urged the invited guests to continue to be involved as there is a constant need to offer essential funding to support the community at large.
Actress Gabrielle Union accepted the Guardian Angel Award on behalf of Angelina Jolie who was honored for her dedication as mother, Goodwill Ambassador (UHNCR) and Humanitarian.
Adam Rodriguez (from CSI Miami), Hill Harper (from CSI NY) and Michael Blanks conducted the evening's live auction.
The fashion show opened with an acoustic collaborative musical performance by Wendy & Lisa, Rhonda Smith, and EHF's co-founder Sheila E., accompanied by Peter Michael and Juan Escovedo on percussion, for the spectacular runway show featuring Lloyd Klein Couture Designs exclusively.
Celebrity models Bai Ling, Vivica A. Fox, Illeana Douglas, Janice Dickinson, Vanessa A. Williams, Brigitte Bako, Maria Bravo, Justin Baldoni, Shaun Robinson, Malaak Compton-Rock, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Jr., Victoria Rowell, Linda Thompson, Valery Ortiz, Essence Atkins, Christie Will, Yolanda Adams, and Sheila E., all graced the runway with style and elegance.
Immediately following the runway show, the evening was capped off with an amazing musical performance by Nikka Costa of her hit, "Everybody Got Their Something".
This fundraiser was a huge undertaking and thanks to the support of all involved, it was a major success in bringing to the forefront awareness for victims of child abuse.