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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Debbie Durkin’s Celebrity And Music Hospitality Lounge At The Pickford Estate Benefits Music Saves Lives®

Steve-O from Jackass with Oxy Water (Photo credit: Main Event Red Carpet Lounge)

Sustainable film and television producer Debbie Durkin once again hosted another grand  affair at The Pickford Estate (where the Oscar-winning Best Picture The Artist was filmed) in celebration of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. During the two day festivities on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, the celebrity and music hospitality lounge included a picturesque front lawn filled with many eco-friendly products for guests to become familiar with and take home.

Presenting sponsor Gibson Guitar featured live acoustic performances while promoting blood drives for the American Red Cross and Music Saves Lives.

Music Saves Lives® is the bridge between music, entertainment and important life-saving causes.  They bring a simple concept – connect the music and entertainment to a lifesaving community action:  blood donation and the bone marrow registry.  They educate about the importance of simple life saving actions, such as donating blood, running a blood drive, and registering for the marrow program to save those with leukemia while all connecting back to the community.  As a recognized 501(c) organization they have grown from their home base in Southern California launching at “Eco Hideaway” Music Saves Lives to a worldwide presence.  “Saving Lives Has Never Sounded So Good™!”

Guard a Heart(www.aviir.com) offered guests their TruRisk complimentary 5-yr cardiac risk assessment test, which

Chad Wolf from the band Carolina Liar (Photo credit: Main Event Red Carpet Lounge)

my boyfriend and I had our blood taken to determine if we were candidates for having a heart attack in the next five years. Results are in the mail. We met with Dr. Ryan D. Partovi afterwards who offers personalized wellness plans for people who may need some preventative healthcare. Part of his plan includes pharmaceutical-grade nutraceutical supplementation.

Max Mcilwee of The Dirty Hype painted a graffiti art wall sponsored by Agave Underground throughout the event that was tagged by celebrity guests, and panels were donated to Music Saves Lives, Guard a Heart, Beat Liver Tumors (www.beatlivertumors.org), WOW Youth Poetry Collective, and The AP Live Foundation for fundraising auctions.

DJ Spark kept the vibe flowing with cool beats in between the musical performances Poor Man’s Poison, Of Verona, The Command Sisters, The Samuel Smith Band, Pablo Blaqk, Beverly Staunton, Nick Kai, Kim DiVine, Elle Gie & Burning Slow, Yvonne Larson, Echosmith, Todd O, Zac Callison & Delirium, Xander Smith, Bad Suns, John Tatum, and spoken word from the WOW Youth Poetry Collective (WYPC).

Photo credit: Main Event Red Carpet Lounge

We also enjoyed healing neck massages poolside from LA’s Neckwork Expert Absolute Vital Care Bodyworks (Neckwork Expert on Facebook), drinks from Oxy water, mini cupcakes and cookies from Socially Sweet EventsGuests loved the signature cocktails from Agave Underground Tequila.  Bloody Mary Mix and hot sauces from T’s Organic Hot Sauce were a hit with my boyfriend. Eyebrow styling and makeup artistry from Stefanie G Fine Cosmetics BH was also on hand. Stefanie G. Mier made my eyes pop with her eyelash extensions.

Some of my favorite products included handmade bags, clutches, kid’s clothes, and even vintage fabric guitar straps from House of Minerva. I can’t wait to use the coolest in-ear headphones I have ever seen from House of Marley on my next trip. The Marley Jammin’ Collection are made out of certified beech wood, recycled aluminum, a colorful fabric cable, and come with all different sizes of yellow earphone pieces in recyclable plastic. Other items that caught my eye was the colorful environmentally friendly bikinis from Odina Surfwear based out of Redondo Beach, CA. Suits are made from recycled plastics, organic fabrics, and reclaimed textiles. I also couldn’t stop wanting one of the eco surfboards from EpicSUP (EpicSUP on Facebook), the world’s first full scale eco surfboard production facility.  EpicSUP™ rents and sells premium, eco-friendly Stand-up Paddle Boards and SUP products. Their boards are hand-shaped by master craftsman for the highest quality product and best ride. The company showed me the new handboard they created for bodysurfing that straps on to one hand as you ride the waves and showed me their flip flops that can be worn for a year, then buried, which will biodegrade in the soil.  They even have cinnamon that can be added inside the sole to keep them smelling nice. Their motto: It’s Your Life. Take A Stand.™

Peter Gibson with the writer Melissa Curtin at the pool side of the Pickford Estate.

Other notable products included modern ballerina flats from Swyt, vintage glamour one-of-a-kind beaded stacked bracelets from The Lace Project, stylish sustainably produced loungewear/sleepwear from Svala Lingerie, and eco bags with bold  colors in striped and animal prints from Vine Street Market USA which looked perfect for the beach, the day, Farmer’s market produce, or groceries.

Debbie Durkin created a relaxing fun event to benefit many important causes as well as a gorgeous venue for many environmentally conscious brands to shine. Durkin’s next events are the “Eco Emmys Celebrity Chateau” September 21 & 22 in Los Angeles and “Eco Hideaway” during Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Photo credit: Main Event Red Carpet Lounge

 

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