Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Barbie in a Box attends Halloween Themed Hilarity for Charity-2016

Barbie in a Box-HFC 2016
What did I dress up as for the amazing Hollywood party Hilarity for Charity that kicks ALZ in the ballz? Barbie in a box! I created Barbie in a box 2 years ago. It was a hit, so she came back to life for this amazing night hosted by Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller-Rogen. This years event didn't disappoint, and it never does. Each year it seems to get better and better.
A1 Boarding Pass for Southwest! Boom!
 This year my journey to get to the event was a wee bit of a challenge.  I had a flight out of my home town of Reno, Nevada on Friday October the 14th, however my flight on Jet Blue was cancelled due to the giant storm we were having and (oh yeah my new house we bought in January of 2016 was on standby for evacuation for a giant fire. We are blessed our home is okay. 23 homes so far have been lost.)  Thankfully I was able to get a 6:50pm Southwest flight with a boarding pass of A1. (I thought that a boarding pass of A1 was a flying myth.)  Arrived to Los Angeles and made it to bed at 3am to be up at 5:30am on Saturday morning because I booked a very special and very important photo session with the Dodson's family and their beautiful daughter Kennedy.  That blog piece will be coming soon. You won't want to miss it.
The Dodson's & I at the Santa Monica Pier

Steven and I. Barbie & The Doctor

Later on Saturday, I actually thought I might get a nap in before the fun filled night but that did not happen as their was too much excitement and prep time to get Barbie in a box to life for the night. 

The Dodson's & I in our Halloween bests!
Lauren Miller-Rogen & I.
"Barbie in a Box & Mario's Luigi."
My friend Steven came with me to this years HFC fundraiser. He went dressed in a "Doctors" T-shirt. The funny thing is he is actually a Doctor.  We showed up right on time at 6pm to enjoy the VIP treatment.  When I walked through the metal detector I set it off 4 times... lol Barbie doesn't come packing to a party but apparently my bling dress and my bling earring were making it go bonkers. Nikki and her family were just passed security area teasing me for setting the metal detector off. 

Halloween-Hilarity for Charity-2016
Finally once in, Steven and I got our VIP wrist bands and headed to the food trucks to get some yummy food, sip on some drinks.  My favorites were the chicken tacos, pulled pork and fried macaroni and cheese balls, complemented with a nice pinot. Then the most awesome thing happened, I got the unexpected pleasure of meeting the beautiful Lauren Miller-Rogen and....... she knew who I was!!! Chatting with her was a true highlight of my night because I have always wanted to meet her in person. The whole reason HFC was put together is because of her and her husband. Lauren has personal experience with this cruel disease.  I admire, respect and like the fact that instead of struggling quietly with her experience (as some do), Lauren and Seth took action. They took action by putting HFC together to raise
monies needed.  Where does the money go? It's going towards helping the research efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer's and its going towards families that are struggle to make ends meet while taking care of a loved one that is sick.  My heart truly breaks for her family because she has the personal experience of her mom whom is living with Alzheimer's. 
VIP Outside
Taking photos with some of the Seth Rogen props. 

VIP Outside
Lauren is just as beautiful in person as she is on camera, and you can tell right away that she has a really big heart.

Grandma Bev. I miss you!
Why I support HFC
Like Lauren and Seth I have my own personal experience with Alzheimer's, and that is why I support HFC.  Plus I get to meet some pretty awesome individuals while raising money.  And these awesome individuals are also helping raise money for the cause.  

When I was dealing with my grandma I was sad, embarrassed, and confused. I did not know anyone my age that was dealing with this disease.  I didn't mention it to many friends and other family members because I thought they would say things like "your grandma is old" "old people get that disease".  
Photo Op with the Seth Rogen Prop.
Needless to say, when I mentioned it to friends and family they had compassion for me and Lauren was no different. I shared with  Lauren that I was my grandma's primary caretaker. She said to me "You are so young". (Lauren <3 Thank you for that... I am aging gracefully and my secret.... I use lots and lots of wrinkle cream, but yes I was somewhat young.  I was 29 when a giant part of my world came crashing down where I had too make very critical decisions for the care and wellbeing of my grandma Bev. Also at the same time I had just given birth to my son. It was the worst time of my life, emotionally and financially.  I was trying to cope with grief and postpartum depression.  The grandma that raised me could no longer talk.  She couldn't hold her great grandson. She couldn't come celebrate in the joy of me getting married or joining the motherhood club.  She could no longer tell me funny stories to make me laugh.  She was gone in her mind, but locked in her body.  My only saving grace to this day is that she only suffered for 10 years, the last 4 years were the worst. I say only suffered for 10 years because I have heard of other people suffering for a longer period with Alzheimer's before dying.  The first 6 years of her being sick were more of a challenge.  When she did pass away with me holding her, as painful as it was, I felt like their was finally a sense of relief. She was free.

My bidding number for the live auction.

Back to the fun filled night.  We enjoyed our seats at table 61.  Our community table featured red wine, white wine, and snacks, meat, cheeses, crackers, fruit, chip, etc. 
The show began with Seth Rogan and singer Nick Petricca busting out Michal Jackson’s “Thriller”. For two white boys I thought both Nick and Seth pulled it off quiet well. It simply wouldn’t be a Halloween party without the Thriller song, and it wouldn't be a big party with Seth Rogen if he wasn't dancing and making people laugh.

My Donation on Screen
Steven's Donation on the Screen
Later a surprise duet took place by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his wife Tasha McCauley. Joseph Gorden-Levitt is the adorable actor who played on show 3rd Rock from the sun. Most recently he was the main actor in true story on Edward Snowden. I have always enjoy his movies. In their bloody out fits, he and his wife sang  their version of “Time Warp”.  They nailed it.  Singing entertainment was also performed by Courtney Love and Nick Petricca.  Nick Petricca also took to the stage to share with the audience why he supports HFC. His father has Alzheimer's. 

My Friend, Steven and I getting having fun!
Than came my favorite part of the night. Comedy.  Our comedy relief was brought to us by Morgan Murphy, Jen Kirkman, Marc Maron

The biggest surprise for the night was Los Angeles Dodgers Infielder/Outfielder Howie Kendrick donating  $100,000.00 check for HFC. While Howie could not be there to present the check, he did make a video that was played for the audience. The live auction is always entertaining because the two auctioneers provide live commentary to engage the audience, pull in the bucks and provide more laughs.

Snoop Dogg! HFC 2016
Other entertainment included a Magician performance by Justin Willman. While he is a magician he is also funny.  He showed the audience a card trick with a balloon.  He than gave us the secret to the card trick because as he said “people can google it”.   Seth Rogen’s multiple costume changes through the night were comical. My favorite costume change was him and his wife dressed like each other.  Lauren tried to
Yes, I took a selfie with Snoop-a-loop
do an impersonation of Seth. It was pretty cute.  While on stage Seth and Lauren shared testimonials from members in the local community whom had received help through HFC.  They also played a phone message from a lady whom had received help from HFC. It made me tear up.  You could hear in this woman's voice how thankful she was for the support she had received from HFC.

Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg-Closing out the HFC show 2016
To close down the show came in true Hollywood style with Snoop Dogg rapping, The Next Episode, Gin & Juice, Drop it Like it’s Hot, and Young, Wild & Free. I was right in the front of the stage and Snoop even said “To the Beauty Queen”.  I have been listening to him since I was a teenager. My husband adores him and was telling me interesting facts about Snoop Dogg. For instance, did you know that Snoop Dogg makes more money these days doing speaking appearances? It’s because he is a savvy business man and rapper.  I have never been to any of his shows, but his performance and the smoking joints on stage were pretty priceless. Everyone in the audience was super chill and I think that topped off their night for the Halloween Hilarity for Charity 2016 event.
Snoop Dogg Performing

Honoree Hollywood guests that also attended the event this year were:
    Talent Arriving Red Carpet
    Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki-Actor. Notable role as the adorable Dr. Leonard Hofstadter on the Big Bang Theory. OMG! I would have loved to get a photo with him. My mom loves him. 
Talent Arriving Red Carpet-
Thomas Ian Nicholas

  • Thomas Ian Nicholas-Actor, memorable role from American Pie.
  • Maria Shriver- Talented American journalist, author and activist.  (So bummed I missed seeing her this year! I got a hug from her in 2014.)
  • Scott Eastwood, Actor recently in Snowden, Suicide Squad and Live by Night.
Tony Hawk-The Birdman, AKA professional skateboarder/actor.
Katie Stevens-from America Idol season nine.
Elizabeth Olsen (actress, most recently in Captain American: Civil War, and Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Katie Lowes-actress most recently in ABC’s Scandal series.
Ben Feldman-Actor most known for AMC’s Mad Men.
Adam Shapiro-Actor
Frances Bean Cobain- Daughter of the late Kurt Kobain
Kunal Navyar-British Actor who also has a role on the Big Bang Theory as Raj Koothrappali.

Barbie and Barbie in a Box.

Barbie in a Box-HFC 2016

The show concluded with Steven and I hanging out at the after party. There I met a man dressed as Barbie! So we had to take a photo together. Although he tried to take my box. lol.
Selfie with Lauren Miller-Rogen
THANK YOU to you and SETH for HFC!

In the crowd rocking out to Snoop Dogg
2017 will be just as grand as this year, but honestly the highlight of my whole evening was meeting Lauren Miller-Rogen. Getting too personally thank her for her and her husband putting this event together and bringing light to Alzheimer’s for our generation is a big deal! Our generation will be the one to find a cure.  As the baby boomers retire in mass numbers and the numbers of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s spike, it will be up to us to help our family, and our friends get through the dark days when dealing with Alzheimer’s.  Part of that help comes from people like the Rogen's who have gone above and beyond for this cause by putting their heart and soul into it. Last I had heard the event had raised $1.7 million! Great job HFC!
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Grandma, this one is for you!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hilarity for Charity Raises $1.6 Million At 5th Annual Los Angeles Variety Show: Seth Rogen's Halloween

My blog post piece of this past weekend's Hilarity for Charity-Halloween, will be up in the next couples; however here is a quick update on monies raised and some of the events that took place for the fantastic night.
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Annual Event Headlined by Snoop Dogg Brought Out Hollywood's Finest to Raise Funds to Fight Alzheimer's Disease
LOS ANGELESOct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The 5th annual Los Angeles Hilarity for Charity® (HFC) Variety Show hosted by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen raised over $1.6 million to help families struggling with Alzheimer's care, increase support groups nationwide, raise awareness of Alzheimer's among the millennial generation and fund cutting-edge research. Entertainment icon Snoop Dogg headlined the Halloween-themed variety show, which was held on Saturday, October 15th at the Hollywood Palladium and featured a jam-packed night of comedy and musical entertainment.
The night began with an outdoor VIP reception where guests gathered for cocktails and delectable bites including beverages from Crown Royal and LaCroix. Once attendees made their way to their seats, Seth and Nick Petricca(Walk the Moon) started the night off with a memorable rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for the variety's show opening act.
Following their performance, comedians Morgan Murphy and Jen Kirkman gave fast-paced, high-energy performances and magician Justin Willman left audience members entranced.
Lauren Miller Rogen then took the stage to remind guests of the mission of HFC, which was established in 2012 as part of the Alzheimer's Association®.  Lauren shared testimonials from HFC community members who have received free in-home care for loved ones through HFC's Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care.
Then, James Corden took the stage for a lively auction featuring prizes including buyouts of Son of a Gun and Animal restaurants, a glamping weekend, a Paris getaway and more.
One of the highlights of the night came in the form of a video message from Los Angeles Dodgers Infielder/OutfielderHowie Kendrick, who announced a generous $100,000 donation via the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to help further HFC's mission and fund Alzheimer's research.
"Alzheimer's is a cause very close to our family, and we're proud to support the great work of Hilarity for Charity and the Alzheimer's Association to accelerate research, as well as engage a younger generation in the fight against this horrible disease," said Howie Kendrick. "We look forward to continuing to support this work and raise awareness," added his wife, Jody Kendrick.
Other evening highlights included a surprise performance of "Shut-up and Dance" by Nick Petricca, a duet fromJoseph Gordon Levitt and Tasha McCauleya rendition of "Time Warp" by Courtney Love and the evening's final comedic set delivered by the hilarious Marc Maron.
The already epic night concluded with an unforgettable performance by Snoop Dogg who entertained with some of his iconic hits, including "The Next Episode," "Gin & Juice," "Drop it Like it's Hot," and "Young Wild & Free."
"Each year we set out to put on an entertaining show and take people's money so we can help those who need it," said Rogen. "This year, with the help of some very generous and talented friends, we've done just that!"
"I'm always amazed at how well the show comes together each year," said Miller Rogen. "We are so thankful for the many people that lend their time and effort to support those affected by Alzheimer's disease."
Notable guests who supported the cause for the evening included, Elizabeth OlsenScott EastwoodMaria Shriver,Katie StevensTony HawkKatie LowesBen FeldmanAdam ShapiroFrances Bean CobainKunal Nayyar, andJohnny Galecki among others.
Rogen and Miller Rogen established the Hilarity for Charity Fund in 2012 as part of the Alzheimer's Association, through which monies raised are directed to help families affected by Alzheimer's care, increase support groups nationwide and fund cutting edge research. The flagship Los Angeles Variety Show continues to create the next generation of Alzheimer's advocates through an evening filled with music and comedy.
The evening was made possible by the generous support of several individual and corporate supporters including: Netflix, Fast Rabbit, Crown Royal, Home Instead Senior Care, Rivet Revolution, BMW Beverly Hills, Good Universe, LaCroix and United Talent Agency.
About Hilarity for CharityIn 2012, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen (along with some amazing friends), created Hilarity for Charity (HFC), a movement to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease among the millennial generation. They later established the Hilarity for Charity Fund as part of the Alzheimer's Association, through which monies raised are directed to help families struggling with Alzheimer's care, increase support groups nationwide, and fund cutting edge research. Since its inception, Hilarity for Charity has raised over $6.5 million to support these efforts. Through evenings filled with music and comedy, the flagship Los Angeles Variety Show is creating the next generation of Alzheimer's advocates.  Join the online conversation by using the hashtag #HFC, and following Hilarity for Charity on Twitter (@Hilar4Charity), Instagram (@hilarityforcharity) and liking us on Facebook.com/hilarity4charity. For more information, hilarityforcharity.org.
About the Alzheimer's Association®The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit alz.org®.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Attending my 3rd upcoming Hilarity for Charity 2016!

I am currently days away from heading to Los Angeles where my husband and I have attend the annual Hilarity for Charity event raising money to help END Alzheimer's. "Charity Fund as part of the Alzheimer’s Association, through which monies raised are directed to help families struggling with Alzheimer’s care, increase support groups nationwide, and fund cutting edge research. Since its inception"    http://hilarityforcharity.org/
Hilarity For Charity 2014 "Prom-Theme"
This organization was put together by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller-Rogen. The disease hits close to home for this couple. Lauren's mother was diagnosed with early-on-set Alzheimer's.  

The first year my husband and I attend Hilarity of Charity, not only did we have a great time raising money for a cause near and dear to my heart, we also got the pleasure of meeting Seth Rogen along with getting a photo with him.

Hilarity of Charity 2015 "James Franco's Bar Mitzvah"

Last year my husband and I attended the Hilarity for Charity event with party theme of "James Franco's Bar Mitzvah". We had another amazing time. We did not get a photo with Seth or his wife (so I thought) until I found this photo on the Hilarity of Charity website. (Look at the bottom left).  The surprise line up singer was none other than "Miley Cyrus". (I am loving her on The Voice right now.) I got a quick selfie as she sung on stage. She put on an amazing performance. Her voice on the radio does not do her justice. 
Miley Cyrus-singing at the 2015 Hilarity for Charity event.
I am sure this year will be just as awesome as the last two years. This years theme is "Halloween". I guarantee not to let me readers down. I promise to delivery a blog post of the party and I also promise to pull out all stops with my Halloween custom. It will be sure to impress all. Anyone who knows me, knows that my creativity is great as I am artistic at heart. Until then, this is me signing off saying "Trick or Treat. Hilarity for Charity 2016 here I come."

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

500,000 elderly people go missing in China every year

WOW! This is shocking. How sad. China has a huge epidemic with the elderly population, and yes as you might have guess this epidemic has to do with elderly that have Alzheimer's or other related dementia or brain cogitative impairment.
"Around 25% of those missing had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia, while 72% suffered some sort of memory impairment, according to the report." 

By James Griffiths and Serenitie Wang, CNN
Hong Kong (CNN)More than 1,300 elderly people go missing in China every day -- 500,000 per year, a new report claims.
Senior citizens aged 65 or over account for up to 80% of missing elderly person cases, according to the Zhongmin Social Assistance Institute under the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
    "This is obviously a huge number and a social issue we cannot afford to ignore," Wang Zhikun, president of the Zhongmin institute, said on Sunday.
    Around 25% of those missing had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia, while 72% suffered some sort of memory impairment, according to the report.
    Of those who were found after being reported missing, 25% then went missing again, report author Xiong Guibin added.

    Demographic time bomb

    China's population is aging rapidly, a hangover of the one-child policy, which was finally overturned last year.
    While Chinese law requires adults to support their parents, many seniors whose children have died or moved away are left without a network of care.
    The problem is particularly bad in rural areas and small cities because younger populations typically migrate to big cities on China's rich eastern coast.
    The country is already home to more seniors -- 114 million aged 65 or over -- than any other developing country, according to a World Bank report.
    As many as 90 million people are expected to leave the workforce in the next three decades, that report found.
    By 2030, the government has warned China will have the most aged population on earth, with more than 400 million people over 60.
    While the problem has been exacerbated in China by draconian family planning laws, aging is a major issue throughout Asia.
    The swelling ranks of elderly people across the region will rack up healthcare costs of up to $20 trillion by 2030, the Singapore-based Asia Pacific Risk Center warned in August.

    Thursday, October 6, 2016

    Reno, Sparks Annual Walk to END Alzheimer's raises $190,694.31!

    My Chinese  Fortune Cookie the day before Walk to END ALZ.
    The day before my 3rd Walk to END Alzheimer's I went to lunch with my gals from work. I am a sucker for Chinese food. I could eat it every day, all day. (Now my readers know where to take me for a good meal.)  Our crew went to one of our favorite place in Reno. Jasmines.  They have some of the best Chinese food in town!  We had a delightful lunch. The bill came with our fortune cookies. As a group we loves to open our fortunes and read them to the group.  I looked at my fortune before reading it. My jaw literally dropped open.

    "Focus on the color purple this week to bring you luck." My co-workers did not believe me. I had to take a photo and post it to Facebook. My family, friends and acquaintances know my passion about this cause.

    Photo at the Flower Garden. END ALZ Walk 2016 
    You can say what you will, but I fully believe this was yet another sign from my grandma that she is not far from me and she is not forgotten from my memory.  I envision her hanging out with her maker and smiling and laughing like she did. I can hear her say "Brooke's gonna do it, she gets it done." She said that to me a lot.

    My Champions Club Metal-2016
    Saturday September 24, 2016 started on a very beautiful note. I work up at 4am to get ready.  I was out the door by 5am.  Why 5am you ask? Well not only do I have a walk team, but I am a volunteer member for our annual Walk to END Alzheimer's.   Our volunteer crew begins set up around 5:30am so that when people begin start showing up around 8am the event can go off without a hitch.

    I was excited to part-take in my "3" walk to END Alzheimer's for the Reno, Sparks area.   This year my teams goal was too raise $1,000.00. We raised $538.00 achieving 53% of the goal.  Donations do not stop there. Individuals can still donate to my team: Here is the link if you wish to do so.


    Hitting the $500.00 mark for me was big this year because it means I was awarded a mental and became part of the "Champions Club". I am thrilled! After walk I hung my newly earned metal in my car on the review mirror so I can see it everyday.

    This year for walk, my volunteer efforts were to assisted where needed, and to take photos of families, teams, etc. 

    This Lovely Woman shared with everyone she is living with 
    She carries her "Blue" flower with her to 

    signify that she is living with Alzheimer's.
    I met this lovely lady whom I had the honor of taking her teams photos. She has Alzheimer's. She cried.  She said to me "I can't stop crying." My heart broke for her. I hugged her and gave her some tissues. I wanted to cry with her, but I also knew I needed to be strong for her.

    My Husband and Son supporting the cause!

    Volunteer Crew Working At Walk.
    This was my 3rd walk, but my first time at walk where I was able to hold it together and not cry. I was able to be strong for those around me, like this beautiful soul that I got to meet. The journey she is on will get worse, and sadly we still do not have adequate medications to help with this disease. The rest of the event went off without a hitch.  Excited for next years walk! I am very proud of my Reno Nevada Community! Our total numbers in dollars raised is $190,694.31. Our goal is $228,000.00. Does not mean we missed our goal as we are still getting donations for our annual goal. Making it to 85% as of October 2016 isn't to shabby.
    Hanging out with Casey H. President of Sigma Kappa at University of Nevada, Reno

    University of Nevada Reno, SIGMA KAPPA

    I would like to give a wonderful big phat shout out to the "SIGMA KAPPA" gals from UNR, & Casey H. whom is their president. Around 200 ladies showed up. They have adopted "Alzheimer's" as their cause to give back to in the community. They have raised close to $1,600.00 as a group. I am super proud of these young women. 

    My son and I.

    My adoptive mom, Jule enjoying the flower garden. 

    Reno, Nevada Alzheimer's Members & Volunteers-2016