On Saturday, June 8, 2013 Hollywood’s brightest stars joined luxury fashion brand iiJin, famed pop artist Cassian from Hong Kong and Trueheart Events in co-hosting The Sweet Suite to benefit the patients of the Juvenile Arthritis Association at Hollywood hotspot Avalon. The red carpet was packed with TV, film and music stars showing their love and support for the patients of the Juvenile Arthritis Association. “The Wonder Years” star Danica McKellar came decked out looking gorgeous in iiJin’s grey lace jeans and white super high tops with buckles and carrying her adorable son Draco. DJ Ravi Drums brought his son Soren and some of Soren’s friends who were excited to pose on the red carpet accompanied by their Super Inflated balloon jet packs. “Raising Hope” star and comedian Skyler Stone made it a family affair too, bringing his fiancé and children to enjoy a fun day in Candy Land. The beautiful Joely Fisher walked the red carpet with her adorable daughter Olivia Luna and their friend, actor Steve Tyler. Film and TV icon Beverly D’Angelo was a favorite on the red carpet and talked about reprising her role as Ellen Griswold in the highly anticipated new “Vacation” film
Guests were greeted by Lucent Dossier Experience’s troupe of Sweet Suite performers, which included a juggler, a sweets girl and clowns all welcoming everyone into Candy Land as Hollywood’s hottest DJ, Kid Fish, played an awesome set of everyone’s favorite party tunes. Partygoers snapped fun photos next to the life sized Candy Land board game standee and custom Sweet Suite ice cream truck all designed and donated by Shindigz. The balloon art wizards at Super Inflated created an amazing Candy Castle balloon art display and they treated guests to custom balloon art creations throughout the party.
Inside the party, guests marveled at the amazing Candy Land décor donated by our friends at Frost and Shindigz. Frost’s Gingerbread Shoppe was an amazing stage piece and Shindigz’s authentic Candy Land pieces really helped to make the board game come to life. Patients and their families were treated to an unforgettable event where they were showered with love and support as they spent the day enjoying all of the sweets, treats and activities in Candy Land alongside their favorite stars. “How I Met Your Mother” star Alyson Hannigan was radiant in a floral maxi dress as she spent the day at The Sweet Suite with her “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” co-star turned husband Alexis Denisof and their two beautiful daughters Satyana and Keeva, The Super Inflated twisters made Alyson’s daughter Satyana a cool pink bunny and they made actress Alli Simpson (Cody’s Simpson’s sister), an awesome balloon hat.
iiJin’s adorable bears were a huge hit with the patients and all of the child stars at the event. Disney star McKenna Grace from the hit show “Crash & Bernstein” was seen cuddling her iiJin bear throughout the party. iiJin’s luxury clothes and shoes were an equally big hit at the party. Actress Joely Fisher picked out iiJin’s leopard print Gladiator sandals, while Danica McKellar picked out a fab iiJin graphic T-shirt. Celebrity style expert Gretta Monahan picked out a reversible grey and yellow bubble jacket and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Charles Michael Davis took home iiJin’s silver studded men’s sneakers. Gretta Monahan and her TV host/producer husband Ricky Paull Goldin, actor Ryan Devlin and actress Alli Simpson all enjoyed iiJin’s delicious dark chocolate fountain complete with strawberries, bananas, marshmallows and pretzels for dipping. Carmit Bachar who sang and danced her way into the spotlight as a member of the music group The Pussycat Dolls, had a blast taking precious photos with her daughter Keala and her mother in the Sweet Suite photo booth courtesy of iiJin and Fun Captured Photobooth. Guests took home beautiful party photos with The Sweet Suite’s Candy Land backdrop to remember the party.
Partygoers enjoyed samples of Megaload Chocolate’s peanut butter and caramel cups topped with gourmet candy toppings such as white, milk and dark chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate sandwich cookies. Actors Ryan Devlin, Nestor Serrano and Erin Cahill and award winning choreographer Dave Scott all took home packs of Megaload Chocolate treats. Guests had so many yummy sweets and treats to enjoy at the party. Ginger Cochrane, an adorable grade school entrepreneur, was on hand to treat guests to her Gelatin Free, Gluten Free, Pesticide Free, Preservative Free, Nut Free, Tree Nut Free and Vegan line of candy. Ginger’s The Organic Candy Factory’s candy bar was a big hit with Danica McKellar and Skyler Stone. The team from Bonaventure Gelato Lounge served up their delicious authentic Italian gelato, which was loved by stars Ryan Devlin, Nestor Serrano and Carmit Bachar. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf served their birthday cake flavored ice blendeds in honor of the brand’s 50th anniversary. They also had a hot chocolate bar with cool candy toppings. Recording artist dup Savvy & Mandy and “Hit The Floor” star Valery Ortiz enjoyed their Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf beverages.
The Grilled Cheese Truck served up five varieties of their amazingly delicious cheesy goodness with their famous tomato soup for dipping. The Caprese grilled cheese with mozzarella cheese, sliced tomato, fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic syrup was a party favorite. Alyson Hannigan and her family were spotted enjoying sandwiches from The Grilled Cheese Truck. Goodie Girls Cupcakes and UrbanSitter teamed up to host a cupcake decorating station, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Goodie Girls Cupcakes became a household name when they won the cupcake bakeoff show “Cupcake Wars”. Annette and the Goodie Girls team brought gourmet cupcakes and toppings and UrbanSitter's team of exceptional babysitters helped the kids decorate. Alyson Hannigan’s little cutie Satyana had fun decorating a cupcake and Alli Simpson enjoyed decorating cupcakes with Sophia Rothman, the inspiration for her parents Laura and Joel creating the Juvenile Arthritis Association. Disney star Saki Jackson from the hit show “Jessie” had a blast decorating cupcakes with her friend Jaden Martin star of the new film “After Earth” with Will and Jaden Smith.
Fashionably chic baby clothing and accessories company Chirp showed little cuties how even they can have swagger with their popped collar shirts and their onesies with fashion forward prints and their adorable tutu skirts and accessories. “Bones” star Marisa Coughlan picked out a Chirp onesie for her baby on the way, celebrity style expert Gretta Monahan picked out a Chirp baby blue peace sign onesie for her son Kai and Danica McKellar and her son Draco sported Chirp hats. Alli Simpson was seen sporting a baby pink Chirp baseball cap and Ryan Devlin rocked a hunter green Chirp cap. Chirp also partnered with the team at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland to co-host a jewelry making station where partygoers had a blast making their very own bracelets complete with a Chirp bead.
Amy Malin welcomed everyone to The Sweet Suite and introduced the co-founders of the Juvenile Arthritis Association, Laura and Joel Rothman and their daughter Sophia who suffers from Juvenile Arthritis. Joel and Sophia shared the mission of the JAA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization who aims to bring Community, Awareness, Research and Empowerment (CARE) to children and young adults diagnosed with pediatric rheumatic diseases, as well as to their families. The Rothmans explained that pediatric rheumatic diseases, often broadly categorized as juvenile arthritis, affect an estimated 1 in 250 children, yet they receive only a tiny fraction of the funding, both private and federal, allocated to almost any other serious chronic childhood disease. A young woman who lives with juvenile arthritis spoke of how important The Sweet Suite is to herself and the juvenile arthritis community to help shine a spotlight on the disease and to raise much needed awareness and funding. Kris Thomas, a member of Team Shakira on NBC’s hit show “The Voice” sent a special video message to everyone at the party. Kris’ mother suffers from arthritis and he cares deeply about bringing attention to the cause. Kris was sad he was unable to be at the event, but he left everyone wanting more when he sang the line “I’m Saving All My Love For You”, from one of Whitney Houston’s biggest hits by the same name. Bronkar Lee , the world’s only rhythmic juggling beatboxer, who won over the hearts of Americans with his talked about performances on “The Tonight show” and on “America’s Got Talent” performed an incredible set that had the audience erupting with applause and cheers. Bronkar amazed with his beat-boxing routine where he produced five distinct sounds simultaneously turning himself into a one man hip-hop orchestra and then proceeded to dazzle the crowd with his fast and furious harmonica arrangement. Bronkar closed his set by rhythmically juggling five balls while beat-boxing without every missing a beat. Alyson Hannigan, Alexis Denisof and their daughters were loving every second of Bronkar’s performance. The crowd went wild for Bronkar. Groovy David rocked the turn-tables and then led the patients and celebrity guests in an awesome dance party. “True Blood” star Chloe Noelle gave a spontaneous rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” while Groovy David and “The First Family” star Layla Crawford served as backup dancers and air guitar players.
Guests were in awe of pop artist Cassian’s three custom Candy Land pieces entitled “Sweets For My Sweet” which was prominently displayed onstage throughout the event. The Matloff family were the lucky winners of the raffle for Cassian’s triptych and became instant Cassian art collectors. The raffle also featured fabulous items donated by iiJin, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Kidorable, Apple & Bee, Baby Loves Disco, Poochie & Co, Peek Away, Moby Wrap and more!
100% of the proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Juvenile Arthritis Association and all of the amazing work they are doing. Partygoers took home incredible gift bags featuring generously donated products including Shindigz’s customized The Sweet Suite photo frames and swirl lollipops, Baby Genius CDs, Glee Gum, Pure Fruit Snacks, healthy and delicious pouches from Ella’s Kitchen and more. Tumbleweed Advertising donated all of the graphic design to support the event.
“It was a real joy to see such huge smiles on all of the beautiful faces of juvenile arthritis patients at The Sweet Suite this weekend. We’re so happy that everyone had fun spending the day with their favorite stars in Candy Land while enjoying all of the delicious sweets, treats and gifts. We are grateful to all of our incredibly generous sponsors, and especially are dear friends iiJin and Cassian in Hong Kong, who joined us in making this amazing party possible for the patients of the Juvenile Arthritis Association, said Amy Malin, partner at TrueheartEvents.
“We just saw the gorgeous photos from the event and we love seeing the pure joy we helped spread by hosting The Sweet Suite with our friends at Trueheart Events. Making children smile through our fashion and our art is incredibly rewarding. If we touch even one child’s heart it is as if we have changed the world. Cassian and I are honored to be philanthropic partners with Trueheart Events and to continually bring smiles and joy to children in need”, said June Lee, creative director of iiJin.