Saturday, December 26, 2009

Celebrities and personalities attends California Talent 1st Annual Christmas Charity Toy Drive benefiting Layers of Love

By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff
By Linda Krongold, Proof Reader Special For Diversity News
Tom Tangen, Michael Dean Shelton, Lucky Romero and other celebrities attends California Talent 1st Annual Christmas Charity Toy Drive benefiting Layers of Love.
After the Step and Repeat and red carpet was put in front of Eleven Night Club and Restaurant, stars and celebrities started to line up and take photographs with other celebrities, personalities, fans and friends.
Holidays songs were performed by Ivan Strada, Vanessa Simon, Jonathan Hernandez, Nathan Gaines, Tina Thomas and Danicar Bergancia. The event was hosted by Jeff Kraft.

“We've collected more than 30 toys and will be added to the boxes of toys we will be distributing to the children on Christmas Day. For sure you guys have made a difference in a child's life this holiday season” said Francis Aquino, President and Co-Founder of Layers of Love, a non profit organization.

Some of the celebrities and personalities that attended were Kris Searle, singer and songwriter; Arnold G, International dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer; Michael Dean Shelton, Philanthropist; Thushari Jayasekera, actress; Tom Tangen, host and producer; Brandy Sanders, founder of the Kierrah Foundation; Cathy Lin, model; Francis Aquino, co-founder of Layers of Love, Cher Rue, actress and TV personality; Tamara Wentworth, publicist & writer; Steven Escobar, Diversity News Publications publicist and Diversity News editor and reporter; DeeDee Bigelow, actress and producer; Lucky Romero, reality celebrity and personality; Parris Harris, fashion designer, photographer, public relations and fashion/casting coordinator; and Eric Rowe, California Talent President. The singers also took time to take photos with their fans and relatives at the red carpet.

The purpose of this event was to collect unwrapped toys to benefit Layers of Love, a non profit organization. Layers of Love will distribute toys to Children Hospital LA & APLA (Aids Project Los Angeles) client's kids. Francis Aquino, president and co-founder of Layers of Love, spoke about Layers of Love’s mission.

Eric Rowe, president of California Talent, stated that the purpose of this charity holiday event is to give back to the community.
The event was held on December 20, 2009 at Eleven Night Club and Restaurant at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069 from 9pm to 11pm.
The event was sponsored by: California Talent, Eleven Night Club, Diversity News Publications and Wake Up TV. Some of the media representatives and photographers the show up were:, Diversity News TV, Phashion TV and Mohamed H. Aly.
On another note last November 15, 2009, Danicar Bergancia won the first prize and she was awarded $200.00. Local Celebrity‏ LA is a singing competition which will start on January 17, 2010 and will run for 10 weeks. The event judges are international dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer Arnold G; recording artist, songwriter and performer Fawn; and singer and songwriter Kris Searle. The event will be hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV. For more information visit &

Editor Note: Diversity News Publications, a public relations firm based in Hollywood and parent company of Diversity News, a consumer news magazine, was one of the event sponsors and contracted for public relations services. For more information visit our parent company site: Special thanks to Michael David Schultz for taking the celebrity and personality photographs

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Susan Lucci, is Grand Marshal of The 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade

The 2009 HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE was held live in Hollywood, CA from 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 29, 2009. Fox TV 11 reports on their website that Tens of thousands turned out to watch the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday night. After the Christmas Parade the is when the Christmas spirit is official in Hollywood.

“The Parade God’s were shining upon us with great weather. The Parade ran the smoothest it has run in years. It was an absolute delight!” Said William Lomas, President of the Hollywood’s Santa Parade LLC, producer of the Parade.

“The City of Los Angeles is proud to be one of the Presenting Sponsors of this Hollywood tradition,” Said Council President Eric Garcetti, who represents Hollywood Boulevard where the parade took place. He concluded “It’s great to be able to bring this free, family event to Hollywood Boulevard and to have the opportunity to show off the new revitalized Hollywood to the rest of the country.”

Per STEVE MOYER public relations firm for the event stated that This year’s parade featured 125 celebrities and VIPS; 14 award-winning bands, including three from outside the state of California; 8 Equestrian Units, 3 Specialty Characters, 10 Floats and 8 Giant Balloons. Santa Claus made a special appearance.

The Award winning bands the participated in the 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade were Banning High School Mighty Marching Pilots Band(from Wilmington, CA); Frank Scott Bunnell High School Marching Band (from Stratford, CT); Concord High School Minuteman Marching Band and Auxiliary Units (from Concord, CA); Dana Middle School Marching Band (from San Pedro, CA); Greenwood Marching Woodmen Band (from Greenwood, IN); Hollywood High School Band (from Hollywood, CA); Idaho All Star Marching Band (from Boise, ID); Long Beach Junior Concert Band(from Long Beach, CA); Porterville High School Panther Band (from Porterville, CA); Santa Ana Winds Youth Band (from Santa Ana, CA); and Shawnee Mission Northwest Marching Cougar Pride Band (from Shawnee, KS).

The Parade will air nationally on MyNetworkTV on Thursday, December 10, 2009 from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Local Time)/7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Central Avenue). An Encore Presentation of the event is set to air on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2009 at 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Local Time) 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Central Time).

“Proceeds from the telecasts of the parade will benefit this year’s official charity, Feed The Children, a nonprofit relief organization which delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. We are happy to do our part to help those in need.” Said David McKenzie, President of Associated Television International.

Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie serve as the Broadcast Hosts for the Parade, while Kyle Massey and Christopher Massey serve as Roving Reporters.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade started from Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard, traveling East on Hollywood Boulevard turning South onto Vine Street, and then traveling West onto Sunset Boulevard back to Orange Street.

The 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade/Live Positively was Presented by Coca-Cola, The City of Los Angeles and Associated Television International. The event was produced by Hollywood’s Santa Parade LLC in association with the City of Los Angeles.

For more information about The 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade/Live Positively Presented by Coca-Cola, please visit the parade’s official website,

The Arrival of Santa Claus – Photo is courtesy of Steve Moyer. (C) 2009 By Steve Moyer Public Relations. All Rights Are Reserved.

Editor Note: We would like to give special thanks to STEVE MOYER of Steve Moyer Public Relations staff for the updated press release and for sending pictures to post with story. Also to The Hollywood’s Santa Parade LLC staff. You Tube Video courtesy of keithkmj. Photos and You Tube Video are copyrighted by each creator/author.

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