I had the pleasure this past weekend of attending another gift lounge. This time, it was GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge at the W Hollywood.
So you’ve seen a number of posts with me at these so-called “gift lounges” and you’ve wanted to know but haven’t dared to ask: “Um, BF, what is a gift lounge?”
Well, beauties, a gift lounge is an opportunity for companies to introduce or familiarize celebrities with their products. And, yes – as you can imagine, they are FUN!!
And they are filled with celebrities and reality personalities.
My favorite celeb of the day?
Jared Gilman of Moonrise Kingdom!!! He was polite, charming, sweet and FUNNY! Loved meeting him and he was kind enough to indulge me with a photo. And he was there with his family which made me only love him more!
And many times, there are also charitable components to these gifting suites – like My Life My Power (where I met the charming, smart and sooo helpful, George) and Steps4Paws above – and they are what really makes it all worth while.
The star of the show for me was the GUARDaHEART Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease prevention by spreading the word to guard your heart and save your life, which was on site offering complimentary cardiac risk blood tests and promoting their savethe1.org campaign. I was delighted to see Jason Ritter presenting a check to the foundation with Aviir for $100,000 in honor of the 10-year anniversary of his father John Ritter’s passing. This is what made this event powerful and really put the gift into “gifting suite.
I even got a blood test to see if I am at risk for heart disease. Since it runs in my family, I felt like I owed it to myself and my current – and future – family to know.
Now, I am a big baby when it comes to needles. I don’t faint. But my forehead wrinkles, my breathing halts and my heart skips a beat.
Luckily, the GUARDaHEART technicians were pros! Now, all I have to do is wait for the results which will take between 2 and 3 weeks and will be mailed to me confidentially.
So I left the GBK MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge with champagne, cookies and a clear conscience that I’m doing all that I can when it comes to my heart health by eating healthily (90% of the time) and exercising daily.
I can’t think of a better gift than that!
BF Asks: Which celeb at the GBK Gift Suite is your favorite?