Monday, October 20, 2014

Hilarity For Charity- 3rd Annual Prom Night!!!!

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Hilarity For Charity- 3rd Annual Fundraiser
Date: Friday October 17, 2014
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Hollywood, Palladium
Theme: Prom
Total Raised: 1 Million!!!!
Red Carpet, Hilarity For Charity 10/2017
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My husband and I flew into Los Angeles  on a Friday afternoon. We got checked into our hotel that was only 2 building over from where the amazing fundraiser was set to take place (The Hollywood Palladium). The guest star on stage lineup included: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sarah Silverman, Bill Burr, Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Kumail Nanjiani, Mayer Hawthorne and David & Leeman.

We left the hotel promptly and walked right around the corner for the red carpet. The event was surreal to me on many levels. I was there for a cause that is near and dear to my heart. It was both a powerful moment for me to be a part of this amazing fundraising opportunity but also I was able to reflect on the great things I have become a part of thanks to the memory of my grandma. How she would be beaming cheek to cheek at that moment.

Giving Maria Shriver a hug and Kiss!
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Prom Night has Arrived!
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The red carpet was intense. My official “First” Hollywood red carpet and hopefully many more to come. It was all kind of a blur. I do recall my husband pointing out that Seth Rogan was standing right in front of us. We got to the end of the carpet and took a few funny photos with the cardboard cutout Seth Rogan. We decided to walk back on the red carpet 2 times. This ensuring I would be seen with my crown and sash. Rob Lowe and his lovely wife walked right behind us. Once in the Palladium, we got our wrist bands. We walked over to a photo booth to do an old fashion prom photo together. There were plenty of drinks and snacks to eat. We talked to the many others that were at this event in the prior years. They expressed their joys of why they came out to support Hilarity of Charity. For others it was also there first time at this fundraiser.  We walked into the open room of the Palladium and I saw Maria Shriver. I went up to tell her how beautiful she is. She hugged and kissed me.  Yes I have a big smile on my face. She is an advocate for Alzheimer’s. #WIPEOUTALZ
Seth Rogan! WOOT WOOT!
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Reserved for BMW
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Entrance inside the Hollywood, Palladium
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heading to the second floor balcony where our table had reserved signs “Reserved for Brooke Westlake-Kelley”. We decided to head over to the upstairs bar, and while there Seth Rogan came in. My husband walked over and asked if we could get a photo with him, and he said “Of Course”. We were delighted. Ate lots of food, watched an amazing group of musicians and comedian line ups and sat at our table. The joy and sadness can truly not be expressed at that moment, as I did end up getting emotional towards the end of the night. To be a part of this event to raise money for Alzheimer’s was beyond great and meaningful to me. To be there in honor of my grandma was both a great feeling but heart breaking at the same time.  I hope I am able to go to this event in the future. At the end of the day helping to raise money for the cause and do it with some laughter would have made my Grandma Bev happy.   That was one of our favorite things to do together.

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