Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Leilani ;)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Twilight Saga's Kellan Lutz Hosts The First Annual Saving Innocence Benefit Dinner Gala: Hope.....Pass It On At The Sofitel Hotel In Beverly Hills

Kellan Lutz supports & hosts the Saving Innocence Benefit.

Tonight was an important night for 27 year old, talented actor Kellan Lutz because he is truly an advocate for saving lives. He not only supports many other charitable organizations such as St. Bernard's Project and Unlikely Heroes, but he also supports Saving Innocence. Tonight he hosted the first annual Saving Innocence Dinner Gala in Beverly Hills to raise money for young children that are forced into sex slavery also known as human trafficking.

Ryan Ochoa (Disney's Pair Of Kings) on the red carpet.

         Kellan Lutz on the red carpet!

Thousands of children ages 9-17 are being sold everyday for sex in Los Angeles and Orange County. These girls come from all walks of life and as soon as they step off the bus from running away from home, they are picked up within 48 hours and placed in an environment where they are forced to become prostitutes for low life pimps. Some children have been kidnapped and even coerced by men on Facebook, yes Facebook! These pimps put out ads on Craigslist for sex in exchange for money, or sell them to men who want their own personal sex slave in their own home. They tell the young girls that if they don't do as she's told then they will beat her, kill her and her family, and even go as far as kidnapping her younger sister and forcing her to become one of their sex slaves as well.

Saving Innocence Invitation

You see it's not just happening overseas as in the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand or any other third world country, it's happening right here in our own back yard! It's happening to your neighbors, your friends or acquaintances. It can also happen in your very own family.... can you fathom your aunt, your sister or even your own child being kidnapped or picked up after running away to a life of degredation, abuse, and slavery? Because that is exactly what it is, slavery in the 21st century happening right here in our country, in our state, and in our very own cities. Los Angeles and Orange County has developed the largest human trafficking ring and is the number one crime business, beating out organized crime in the selling and distributing illegal drugs.

Striped Bass, Organic Roasted Chicken, Vegetable Risotto, Asparagus Spears & Carrots

Yes we had cotton candy for dessert, I started laughing as the waiters were bringing this out :)
More dessert: Chocolate Mousse Hazelnut Tart, Fruit Tart & Cre'me Brulee

I myself felt very moved and emotional by Kellan Lutz's speech about this issue happening right before our eyes, and yet we are oblivious to it and this is why Saving Innocence, a non-profit organization was formed with the assistance of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Task Force, we as a society can help these young children that desperately need our help. Their mission statement is to:

PREVENT   human trafficking
RESCUE      youth from crisis
RESTORE   their innocence, their health, & their dreams

Can you believe that this modern-day slavery is one of the greatest violations of human rights in our world? It affects over 27 million children, women and yes even men. Tonight we not only heard from Kellan Lutz speak about this issue, we also heard from Kim Biddle, Executive Director of Saving Innocence who began her work with human trafficking in 2003, and two young courageous girls Patrice Stewart and Simone Miller who were rescued and continues to this day to struggle with the horrific life they once had on the streets.

 Simone Miller & Patrice Stewart
The many celebrities that came to support this cause were actress AnnaLynne McCord (90210 and ex-girl friend to Kellan Lutz), actor Ryan Ochoa (Disney's XD Series Pair Of Kings), actor Zachary Levi (Chuck, Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Tangled & Thor 2), Brian White (Beauty & The Beast, Game Plan, & Fighting), model Kerry Degman, from the popular music group Foster The People's Cubbie Fink, singer Craitlin Crosby who performed onstage, Grammy Award winning singer Rebecca St. James (who performed onstage as well), actress Rochelle Aytes (Work It), and actor Texas Battle (The Bold & The Beautiful).

Leilei & Kellan Lutz
Leilei & Annalynne McCord (90210)

Kellan Lutz & Brianna

Charles & Kellan Lutz

Annalynne McCord (90210) & Brianna
Brianna & Ryan Ochoa (Pair Of Kings)

Brianna & Brian White (Game Plan, Fighting & Beauty & The Beast)
Charles & Brian White (Game Plan, Fighting & Beauty & The Beast)
Charles & Ryan Ochoa (Disney's Pair Of Kings)
Leilei & Brian White (Game Plan, Fighting & Beauty & The Beast)
Leilei & Ryan Ochoa (Disney's Pair Of Kings)
Brianna, Zachary Levi (Chuck, Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Tangled & Thor 2), Leilei & Charles
Leilei & Charles
Also there to support Kellan Lutz was his best friend Ryan Daly who remembered me from Comic-Con. I had asked him to take a photo with me under the tent as the Twilight cast came to greet the fans. Ryan is always so nice to speak to me at any of Kellan's events, and tonight was no exception, we spoke about the Abbot + Main shoe line that he will be promoting in the upcoming months ahead while as Kellan stood and posed on the red carpet for the press and did some interviews.

Leilei & Kellan <3
As soon as Kellan saw me he gave me the biggest and warmest hug and kiss....as always he is hard as a rock and smelled of Christian Dior's Fahrenheit....yes ladies he told me himself when I asked and it is old school but that's Kellan for ya, very old school and down to earth. He remembered my Mom and asked about how the investigation was going with her death, so yes I did speak candidly and in some detail about Mama. He is so sweet to be so concerned about my emotional well being....after all it just happened in May of this year, and since we really couldn't talk very long at Comic-Con, he asked how I had broken my ankle because the last time we saw each other I was using a wheelchair. So I spoke to him about my car accident, about my rehabilitation with physical therapy and I am almost at 100%. It felt so weird not to wear my 5 inch heels with my new dress but I didn't want to take another chance and lose my balance and re-injure it so my flats had to suffice. Kellan said I looked beautiful in my dress and didn't care if I wore the heels or not.....< swoooon! >  If only he were 15 years older haha....anyways, we spoke about my daughter and grand daughter, and I said oops, "yah I'm a gramma" lol ....We spoke about his new upcoming animated movie Tarzan in 3D, that's why I brought up my grand baby because she loves movies with animals in them, so Tarzan 3D will definitely be on the list to add to her collection. We spoke about how my friends and I camped out at Tentcity for the Breaking Dawn Part 2 Premiere, hoping to get a chance to see and talk to him, but sadly he didn't make it to our section. Kellan mentioned he had stepped out during the movie to greet some of the fans but I told him we didn't want to leave the theatre because we just had to watch it. He loved watching and hearing all the fans reactions to the fight scenes, and I told him my friends and I were screaming, crying and jumping out of our seats because we were so pumped up with adrenaline! We were not expecting that at all and told him that this was the best and most suspense filled one out of all five, and that he as Emmett Cullen did an awesome job!

He took some photos with me and my friends Charles Paz and Brianna Aguilera and thanked them for coming out to support Saving Innocence, it meant a great deal to him. Lastly I told him that I had recruited other friends and acquaintances that I had met at Tentcity to the benefit and he was just so grateful that they donated money for this cause. I told Kellan towards the end of the evening that I would be making a monthly donation because I want to make a difference in these girl's lives, to "buy their freedom" and the look that he gave me was priceless....he just kept saying "thank you, thank you so much...." whilst shaking his head. Kellan is a big guy with a big heart ....and he means every word.
If you would like to make a single or a monthly donation please go to  www.savinginnocence.org

Leilei & Kellan before dinner
Kellan & the women of the Saving Innocence Organization


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Photos, Filming Moves To The Beautiful Island Of Kaui, Hawaii !!!


Here are the latest photos from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire filming in Kaui, Hawaii. This this from the second installment of The Hunger Games Trilogy from Suzanne Collins. Now that The Twilight Saga is finished I can fully concentrate on my second favorite books. These are not my own personal photos, these are press photos shared on the internet. I used to live in Hawaii so you know if I were down there I would most certainly get my own shots of this awesome cast! Included are Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark & Sam Claflin as Finnick. Enjoy! More to come soon as filming continues!