EcoLuxe Lounge Benefiting Shriners Hospital

Oscars 2016 week marked the annual arrival of producer Debbie Durkin’s EcoLuxe lounge. Held in the penthouse at the Beverly Hilton, the event helped to promote the new Shriners Hospital for Children medical center that will launch in Pasadena in 2017.

One of the fun things about living in Los Angeles are the award seasons, and with them the bevy of gifting suites, parties, and benefits. The EcoLuxe Lounge event is always packed with interesting products, tasty eats, and of course there were plenty of celebrity guests on hand from True Blood‘s Adina Porter to Lou “The Hulk” Ferrigno, Frank Stallone, and Claudia Wells, the Back to the Future actress who now owns a unique menswear boutique which was a part of the gifting suite.

Tasty hors d’oeuvres? Check. Fun eco-friendly finds? Check again. Terrific cause – yes, that, too.

Attendees enjoyed LaCroix Sparking Water as well as the beautiful Fete Today wine, whose Sirah is worthy of a fete in and of itself.

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Other gifters included IT Cosmetics, whose under-eye collagen enhancing cover-up really works.

eco luxe ITChariot Travelware luggage, Burnetie Shoes, and the beautiful unique and eco-friendly jewelry of Amy Radzik were also gifted. Radzik’s jewelry incorporates many recycled elements in unique pieces that help define the wearer’s personality. Radzik is a true craftswoman and jewelry artist.

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One of my favorite items was the Solar Puff, an inflatable solar light designed to benefit the Ten Million Rays of Light campaign while also providing a super cool white square that accents any room – and lights it in an eco-friendly way. Yes, I have one and I love the super bright very white light. High recommends.

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Celebrity sweet teeth were not forgotten: Candy Vixen dished out tasty treats like chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate covered organic apples.   candy vixen

Fun, fun, fun – celebrity sightings, tasty treats, cool products to check out, and – recognition for quality care for children at Shriner’s Hospital. Now that’s award-worthy.

  • Genie Davis, Photos provided by Debbie Durkin and product retailers


Everything Came up Roses: Shriners Hospital Benefit Event

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Actresses Rose Abdoo and Kate Flannery attend Celebrities Decorate The Shriners Rose Parade Float – Shriners Hospitals for Children

Longtime charitable supporter and TV/Film product placement producer Debbie Durkin joined forces with Shriners Hospitals for Children in 2015, and began 2016 with support for this worthy organization as well  – in an event dedicated to decorating the Shriners Rose Parade Float.

Celebrities and media gathered for sandwiches from Bristol Farms, sweets from Smoked Fusion Catering, and a few lovely baubles and bangles provided by jewelry designer Amy Marie Radzik. Hosted by How2Girl Courtney Sixx, the event was also supported by Modern Oats, Phoenix Decorating Company and of course – Shriners volunteers.

Yes, this event took place over a month back, but its primary focus is more than relevant: according to Durkin, this is just one charitable effort focused on the Shriners this year. “We’re on a mission to raise awareness for the new Shriners for Children Medical Center launching in Pasadena in 2017,” Durkin relates. In short: there’s more fundraising, fun, and promotion for this extremely worth cause ahead.

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Above, actress Erin Murphy enjoys helping the float come together. 

Watch this space for more news, as everything should be coming up roses all year long to help this new medical center provide cutting edge technology and healthcare for children and families throughout the Southland.

  • Genie Davis
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EcoLuxe Lounge at the Avalon: a Pre-Emmy’s Treat


Before the Emmy Awards were even broadcast, there were a lot of prize winners in Hollywood – guests lucky enough to attend product placement producer Debbie Durkin’s annual EcoLuxe Lounge, this year with the theme of Christmas in September, and charitable partner Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. On Saturday, September 19th, from 11- 6, Durkin paid homage to television awards nominees and a wide array of sustainable and eco-friendly products.


The Ecoluxe Lounge transformed music and dance venue The Avalon into a winter wonderland replete with Santa and Mrs. Claus, glittering Christmas trees, and plenty of sugar plums to taste. Los Angeles has been suffering a heat wave, but it was plenty cool inside the club. DJ Mike Shay spun hip holiday tunes, hand crafted sugar plums were more than just visions dancing in attendees heads, and there were no stocking caps or kerchiefs to be seen. Rather, there was plenty of inventive treats and gifting items.


Guests including Elliot Gould, Adina Porter, Khandi Alexander, nominated for her appearance in ABC’s Scandal, Orange is the New Black’s Abigail Savage, and best supporting actor nominee (for Masters of Sex) Beau Bridges were among the celebrities who turned up to donate unwrapped toys for Shriners Hospital and pose for portraits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.


How2Girl Courtney Sixx, a host of the event, helped guests create Do-it-yourself holiday ornaments. The ornaments weren’t all that glittered: beautiful pieces from Amy Marie Radzik’s AR Jewelry and from Ammanii Jewelry added more shine.  Radzik’s eclectic jewelry making grew out of her other profession as production company co-owner. When her San Diego-based company started doing shoots for department stores, Radzik was often called upon to make custom pieces, and do it quickly. “Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve made jewelry, but I began to get serious about it seven years ago on a photo shoot,” Radzik says. “And now I make jewelry professionally.”



Chariot Travelware gifted beautiful hard-shell suitcases in a variety of sizes and designs – plenty of room to pack that new jewelry. Founded in 2011 by Moon Woo, the luggage is uniquely beautiful, with patterns from roses to geometric designs, vibrantly bright colors to dark grey.  Sleek but sturdy, the luggage is available online and in major department stores across the Southland.


Resqme Lifesaving Tools was also on hand, providing colorful, small emergency glass cutting tools designed to save lives easily.



Guests also explored haute couture from Sen Couture, and received dynamic makeup and hair styling from MUA Victoria Rowe & Glam Squad.

Before taking off to enjoy gift bag booty such as Yoot organic herbal tea, Justin’s peanut butter cups, crispy Pop Chips, and Modern Oats breakfast cereal, there were plenty of holiday-themed tastes on hand at the event.


Sugar and Spyked Holiday desert bar served treats like chocolate rum mini-puddings, while the S’More Bakery offered gourmet s’mores deliciously scorched with a hand held blow torch.

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Delicious mini-cupcakes, chocolate covered pretzels, and cake pops were the order of the day from Infiniti Sweets,  by owner Amanda Vefour, who started her company five years ago.


To drink? Fete Today served up a delightful petite Sirah crafted at a small family vineyard in Lodi, Calif.  Fête Today is a wine and gift shop that encourages “lives full of celebration and joy.” Along with a delicious wine redolent of dark fruits, smooth, and light, Fete offers some additional treats: a color changing twist top and an app for iOs and Android that’s essentially a fun augmented reality photo booth.


On the non-alcoholic side was NEON energy drink, a flavorful organic blend of green tea, prickly pear, and other all-natural ingredients that’s low in sodium and high on lift. Smoked Fusion BBQ catering, Rounds Premium Burgers, Hint Water, and the Southmore Group also offered tasting eats and beverages.



The holiday spirit of giving was in the air and fun was all around, making this year’s Emmy EcoLuxe Lounge another winning afternoon from producer Debbie Durkin. Going to Sundance? You’ll see Durkin there with another eco-awesome event.