|Barbie in a Box-HFC 2016|
|A1 Boarding Pass for Southwest! Boom!|
|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."
|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.
|Taking photos with some of the Seth Rogen props.|
|Grandma Bev. I miss you!|
Why I support HFC
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.|
|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
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.
|Yes, I took a selfie with Snoop-a-loop|
|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:
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.
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.
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!
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!|