Eugene Sidney Graciously Hosts Media Appreciation Awards at his Birthday Party

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Award recipient and Miss Indonesia Jenna Urban with Eugene. Photo courtesy of Carlos Zeron/CPC News Today
Award recipient and Miss Indonesia Jenna Urban with Eugene. Photo courtesy of Carlos Zeron/CPC News Today

 

Innovative fashion designer and tireless supporter of our artistic community Eugene Sidney celebrated his star-studded 55th birthday party by also graciously hosted his annual media appreciation awards at Bugatta Restaurant on trendy Melrose Avenue on April 5th. It was a great way to celebrate the holiday weekend of Easter and Passover.

Media Mavens...Award recipients Diana Ligon and Chebra Dorsey on the red carpet with their awards
Media Mavens…Award recipients Diana Ligon and Chebra Dorsey look stunning on the red carpet with their awards. Photo courtesy of Namli Inc. Photography

“It’s been my pleasure to thank the media for all their love and support over the years. I see how hard the media works at all my events and I truly want to show my appreciation. The smiles on their faces and gratitude truly makes it all worth it. It’s the icing on the cake,” said Sidney.

Cake Walk...Eugene and Sue cut into Eugene's beautiful birthday cake with his company's iconic logo on it. Photo courtesy of Carlos Zeron/CPC News Today
Cake Walk…Eugene and event hostess Sue cut into Eugene’s beautiful birthday cake with his company’s iconic logo on it. Photo courtesy of Carlos Zeron/CPC News Today

This year the honorees were Eric Epperson, Carole Gray, Cerdan Smith, Dan Kennedy, Liza Crilly-Tyner, Jenna Urban,  Joss Gomez, Solecito Vazquez, Jessica Surls, Chebra Dorsey, Joyce Chow, Sheri Determan, Panther Scott, H.R. Cole, Jon Scudder,Diana Ligon and yours truly!

A joyous Eugene is serenaded by singer Alexis Kiley for his birthday. Photo courtesy of Carlos Zeron/CPC News Today
A joyous Eugene is serenaded by singer Samantha Diane Schultze for his birthday. Photo courtesy of Carlos Zeron/CPC News Today
Todd Gibel with Christy McGinity Gibel of Little Women: LA. Photo courtesy of Carlos Zeron/CPC News Today
Todd Gibel with Christy McGinity Gibel of Little Women: LA. Photo courtesy of Carlos Zeron/CPC News Today
Meet the press...celebrity photo journalists Joyce Chow and Clinton Wallace pose with Chow's award. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Meet the press…celebrity photo journalists Joyce Chow and Clinton Wallace pose with Chow’s award. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier

I was so honored to receive this award from Eugene, as he is such a kind man and well respected designer. What I admire about him most is his candor and graciousness. This roving reporter has always felt at home covering his events and that usually doesn’t happen in this overwhelmingly vast and oftentimes isolating City of Angels.

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TV host Ike Steele of Steele TV does his intro on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Event sponsors Rita Saba and Kaveh Rabii from Krazy Monkey take a break from serving their amazing 100% fruit ice cream to walk the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Guillermo Proano
Event sponsors Rita Saba and Kaveh Rabii from Krazy Monkey take a break from serving their amazing 100% fruit ice cream to walk the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Guillermo Proano
Mrs. Indonesia Molly and actress Reatha Grey (Off Their Rockers) on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Guillermo Proano
Beauty Queen Mrs. Indonesia Molly and actress Reatha Grey (Off Their Rockers) on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Guillermo Proano

 

Additionally, Elizabeth Manila received the friendship appreciation award. There were live performances by Manou Oeschger, Darling Land, and Marneen Lynne. Alexis Kiley was a special guest performer who serenaded Eugene with a Happy Birthday song. This grand event was hosted by Sueanne Haas,  Wendy Lynn Adams, and Nohemi Encerrado. LA Steve & The Crew were the live DJs.

King Bassey and Cherry Aldana pose for the camera. Photo courtesy of King Bassey
King Bassey and Cherry Aldana pose for the camera. Photo courtesy of King Bassey
Group photo of the award recipients. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
Group photo of some of the award recipients. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
One of the event sponsors Art San, of eXtreme sports massage, gives a thumbs up to his logo on the event's stpe and repeat. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
One of the event sponsors Art San, of eXtreme sports massage, gives a thumbs up to his logo on the event’s stpe and repeat. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Acclaimed artist Hovhannes Babkhanyan with his lovely daughter Ella. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Acclaimed artist Hovhannes Babakhanyan with his lovely daughter Ella. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Actor Marv Blauvelt with actress and model Jenus Adams. Photo courtesy of The Experience
Actor Marv Blauvelt with actress and model Jenus Adams. Photo courtesy of The Experience
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Journalist Solecito Vazquez is about to make her acceptance speech while DJ Steve looks on. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Award recipient and actor Joss Gomez with actress Adra Janean. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Award recipient and actor Joss Gomez with actress Adra Janean. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Reporter and award recipient Cerdan Smith shares a laugh on the red carpet with beauty queen Mrs. Indonesia Amelia Johnson. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Reporter and award recipient Cerdan Smith shares a laugh on the red carpet with beauty queen Mrs. Phillipines Amelia Johnson during their interview. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Celebrity photographer Mark Sevier takes a quick break from the hectic red carpet to pose for a photo. Photo courtesy of Mollywood Hollywood Photography
Celebrity photographer Mark Sevier takes a quick break from the hectic red carpet to pose for a photo. Photo courtesy of Mollywood Hollywood Photography
Mandelyn Reese, aka the http://lastreetangel.com/, speads a message of kindness this holiday weekend. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Mandelyn Reese, aka the http://lastreetangel.com/, spreads a message of  infinite kindness and forgiveness this holiday weekend our City of Angels. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
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The cast and crew of two short films, Strangers in a Book and Seeking Valentina, pose for an impromptu group shot. Photo courtesy of a very patient Mark Sevier

This swanky gala brought together a of host of actors namely Jon Mack (Saw VI, The Effects of Blunt Force Trauma), Christy McGinity Gibel (Little Women: LA) , Kristin West (Seeking Valentina), Marv Blauvelt (Jurassic City) and yours truly, Vida G. (The Mindy Project), who all acted in the short film “Strangers in A Book.” Along with the cast were the crew of this film, writer and producer Pedram Navab, his twin sister Pooneh, who was the wardrobe stylist, lead makeup artist Shirley Sal and the director of this film, Marc Rezvani. West and I also acted alongside each other in Seeking Valentina, which also had Shirley Sal as the lead makeup artist and we had the film’s star, Ali Bavarian in attendance as well, so I was honored to have the support of both casts while I received my award. Also in attendance was prominent entertainment attorney Nadia Davari.

Dr. Pedram Navab, Nadia Davari, yours truly EE's Vida G. and Anoush on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
Dr. Pedram Navab, Nadia Davari, yours truly EE’s Vida G. and Anoush on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
Actress Jon Mack shines on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo Photography
Actress Jon Mack shines on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo Photography

 

The cast and crew of Seeking Valentina from left to right: Ali Bavarian, EE's Vida G., Kristin West, and lead makeup artist extraordinaire Shirley Sal. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
The cast and crew of Seeking Valentina from left to right: Ali Bavarian, yours truly EE’s Vida G., Kristin West, and lead makeup artist extraordinaire Shirley Sal. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

 

Actress Mo Kelly playfully tugs actor Scott Engrottis' beard. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
Actress Mo Kelly playfully tugs actor Scott Engrottis’ beard. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
Jesse Mogle with award recipient and TV host H.R. Cole. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Jesse Mogle with award recipient and TV host H.R. Cole. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Celebrity photographer and award recipient Sheri Determan is all smiles on the red carpet with Eugene. Photo courtesy of
Celebrity photographer and award recipient Sheri Determan is all smiles on the red carpet with Eugene. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Eugene poses on the red carpet with friendship appreciation award recipient and Mrs. Mexico Elisabeth Manila and Mrs. Indonesia Amelia Johnson. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Eugene poses on the red carpet with friendship appreciation award recipient and Mrs. Mexico Elisabeth Manila and Mrs. Phillipines Amelia Johnson. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Photo of yours truly on the red carpet with my award. Hair by Drybar and makeup by Blushington. Dress by Ally Fashion and jewelry and purse by the Mitra Collection. Photo courtesy of Roland De Guzman
Photo of yours truly on the red carpet with my award. Hair by Drybar and makeup by Blushington. Dress by Ally Fashion and jewelry and purse by the Mitra Collection. Photo courtesy of Roland De Guzman

 

More about Eugene and his beautiful designs at www.EugeneSidney.com

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