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The 15th Annual Luxury Lounge hosted by GBK Brand Bar was the Pre-Oscars event of the year!

By Jessica Ross

Viola Davis . Photo Credit: Will Roberts

In spite of the rain, GBK Brand Bar's annual Pre-Oscars Celebrity Luxury Lounge at the Kimpton La Peer Hotel attracted a parade of Oscar nominees, celebrities, and past winners.

An impressive list of celebrities was on hand for this year, including Oscar winner Viola Davis, Kevin Pollack, Adina Porter, Shea Whigham, Stephen Root, Anna Sophia Robb, Harry Shum, Jr., Nika King, Matthew Von Der Ahe, Emily Swallow, Meta World Peace, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Tom Hollander,Violet & Madeleine McGraw, Jesse Metcalf, Drag Race stars Bob the Drag Queen & Monet Exchange, Kathy Kolla, Keith David, Hailie Sahar, Tony winner Anika Noni Rose, current Oscar nominees SON LUX, Anne Alvergue, Sara Dosa, Ruben Ostlund, Christian Minkler and many more.

Writers/directors Ross White & Tom Berkeley

Over $70k was given out in gifts & luxury vacations.

GE Lighting, a Savant company, provided guests with elevated entertainment and gaming lighting, a MY AVANA hair strand analysis kit, Netvue bird feeder cam, custom Higher Calling Bracelets, El Cristiano tequila without additives, and handcrafted gifts from The Artisan Group, among other items.

Adina Porter.Photo Credit: Will Roberts

Additional amazing gifts provided were provided by California Caviar Company, Don’t Be Salty, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, Hibachi House LA, Lorenzi Estate Vineyards & Winery, Debate Wine, AXR Napa Valley, SOULTOX and Cardinal de Four Amagnac, 21 Rebellion. Amazing apparel, accessories & jewelry such as BADAZZ GLAZZ sunglasses By Joe Pesci, The Almighty Pineapple gold & agate pendants, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, and Rear Ended “Frame the Booty”. Homegood & personal care gifts were a hit and included Schwank Grills, Remington® personal care items, RENPHO USA massage and care items, POWER XL air fryer, Emeril Lagasse's cookware set and Kahuna massage chair.

Anna Sophia Robb. Photo Credit: Ben Cruz

Other highlights includedJeff Nishinaka Paper Sculptures, Kalmado aroma sound therapy candles, Krame Bodywork sessions, V1CE personalized smart business cards and ADM Entertainment DJ/MC services. World-class international vacations by Lush Africa Safaris, Rosewood Baha Mar and Sailrock Resort stole the show!

Actress/director Kathy Kolla

GBK Brand Bar is passionate about philanthropy and partners with various charities at each event to help raise awareness, create celebrity partnerships, and give back to the community.

Anna Sophia Robb. Photo Credit: Ben Cruz

Childhelp, Educating Young Minds, and Rastegar Family Foundation were the featured charity organizations on site this year. A total of over $60,000 was raised by GBK to support the selected causes.

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