Global Green USA recently held it 8th annual Gorgeous & Green Gala at the LEED-certified Bently Reserve to celebrate sustainable design, green technologies, and eco-conscious initiatives making a difference in people’s lives throughout the Bay Area and nationally.
The event, which featured celebrity hosts Michelle Branch, actress Cody Horn, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows, and Ed O’Neill from “Modern Family,” raised $230,000 dollars for Post-Sandy green rebuilding efforts.
Three Eco-Accolade Awards recognizing superior commitment to sustainability were presented to Bay Area companies Google, PwC, and DLR Group. The runway fashion show curated by Lily Achatz and Clarissa Nicosia featured top eco-fashion designers Mina+Olya, Prophetik, Oliver Tolentino, Amour Vert, PACT, and Cari Borja, with a special segment by Vintage a la Mode.
The models were provided by Stars Model Management with hair by Pureology, makeup by Vapour Organic Beauty, and music by DJ Donovan.
Guests were enveloped in luxurious eco-minded winter wonderland decor by Blueprint Studios as they dined on a gourmet organic dinner by celebrity chefs Michael Mina, Joseph Humphrey of Dixie, and Bill Corbett of Absinthe, with hors d’oeuvres by Taste Catering.
The amazing Michelle Branch performed her popular songs for the crowd to adoring applause, while Drew Altizer Photography and Torso Vintages hosted a popular photo booth where guests dressed in glamorous winter whites against a fireplace backdrop.
Lenny Broberg hosted a spirited live auction with items by Bay Area favorites Cavallo Point and Post Ranch Inn, as well as an extraordinary week-long stay in the Presidential Suite of the Las Alamandas resort in Mexico, that raised over $40,000 for Global Green USA.
Lily Achatz, Clarissa Nicosia – Nadine Weil, Doug Dalton
Gorgeous and Green Fashion Show
Coby Horn, Nadine Weil – Christopher Bently, Michelle Branch, Michael Mina
Christopher Bently, The Honorable Gavin Newsom – Lily Achatz, Nadine Weil
Sofya Salah, George Salah – Ellie Prezant, Allison Speer, Ching Nola
Matt Petersen, Sophie Azouaou – Marco Krapels, Wendy Schmidt
Fashion Show by Minolya
Minolya’s Olya Dzilikhova and Mina Yazdi – Designer Julie Chaiken with Harlan Budd
Jodi Nakatsuka, Chloe Harris – Joel Goodrich, Karen Tamblyn, Dan Vickrey
Gary Friedman, Clarissa Nicosia – Layla Harris
Jordan Harris, Julie Harris – Kailey Furniss, Anthony Graziano
Cari Borja Fashion Show
Elisabeth Thieriot, Jorge Maumer – Moira Hanes, Deidra Altman
Laura Claxon, Scott Claxon – Dan Munn, Andrea Johnson
Dan Vickrey, Doug Dalton – Dave Room, Aaron Ableman
Topher Smith, Trevor White, Kara Nelson – Stephanie Parks, Alicia Mason
Designs by Oliver Tolentino and Amour Vert
Gabriel Gacayan, Anthony Saldivar, Vincent Oliver – Adam Larios, Ashley Herman, Kelly Smits, DJ Donovan
Chefs Michael Mina and Joseph Humphrey
Corporate sponsors for the event included Bently Enterprises, Pureology, Rabobank, The 11th Hour Project, DLR Group, eBay, and the Bently Reserveâ€¨.
It was a wonderful event (we loved the glamorous white dress code), and look forward to seeing everyone looking gorgeous and green next year!