3rd annual Mid-Autumn ‘Year of the Dragon’ Festival raised 60K for The Mulligan Project
Last Saturday’s (September 15, 2012) fund-raising red carpet gala, hosted by the Emmy award-winning husband and wife team — Lisa Lew (former 1982 Bb. Pilipinas-International) and Peter Brennan, who have won 8 Emmys — created and executive-produced more than a dozen hit shows (“Judge Judy”, “A Current Affair”, “Judge Joe Brown,” “The Montell William Show,” “Hard Copy,” 3- time Emmy award winning “Cristina’s Court” and this year’s Emmy winner “Last Shot with Judge Gunn”) benefited The Mulligan Project and raised $60,000 to help disabled orphans in Central Vietnam. The Los Angeles-based non-profit organization founded by TV producing couple Kelly Gonzales (of “Deal or No Deal”) and Eddie Rohwedder (“Only in American” with ‘Larry, The Cable Guy,’ ‘Destroyed in Seconds,’ ‘Fast and Loud’), with Anderson Cooper (Judge Alex). Last year’s VIP host was Jerry West, owner of the Lakers, together with a line-up of other celebrities who joined in the fun.
Attendees had a lot of networking with celebrities, tv executives, talent agents, and advocates of children charities in the tv, film, reality/cable networks industry. The event featured live entertainment with lion dancers, a fascinating dance number from the Polynesian Paradise Dancers, a fashion show from designer Cynthia Bui, Asian cuisine galore, and gift bags to go for all attendees. Among highlights of the evening was a duet from past contestants from the recent “The Voice” fame — Fil-Am singers Jason Farol (duet partner of Kelly Clarkson) and Maleana Brown (duet partner of John Legend), the parade of beauties by the candidates of 2012 Miss Asia USA, and a lot more.
The Mulligan Project also is currently doing an online auction through CharityBuzz.com. Among worthy packages you can bid includes “4 tickets to ‘Dr. Phil Show’ – donated by Dr. Phil himself; a practice of martial arts with Ryan Potter, star of Nickolodeon’s “Supah Ninjas” in L.A.; 4 VIP Tickets to taping of “The Doctors” with gift bags; a visit to the set and a “meet and greet” with the cast of NBC’s “Community,” and more. Check out the online auction at link:
The Mulligan Project is comprised of television executive producers credited with more than 30 award-winning shows, who assists disabled children in Asia. Last year, with the help of this event, The Mulligan Project were able to build a a school in Central Vietnam, and helped support special education, physical therapy, speech therapy and above all, dignity to many young children. While the Vietnamese government provides food and shelter to their disabled, The Mulligan Project fills in the gaps helping the most vulnerable of children to achieve their best possible physical and emotional potential. The Mulligan Project is in partnership with the British-based non-profit that is on the ground in Vietnam.
More photos from the Mulligan Project’s 3rd annual MID-AUTUMN ‘Year of the Dragon’ FESTIVAL at this link:
Tidbits: Congratulations and ‘thank you’ to Anna Puno (line-producer) and GMA 7 network executives Marivin Arayata and Redgie A. Magno for spearheading the successful U.S. debut of “Manny, Many Prizes” at Universal Gibson’s Amphitheatre last Sunday (September 16). The after-party was held at the Burbank Bar & Grille in Burbank to selected people, including this writer.