EVENTS – 6th Anniversary Gold Meets Golden Event shines bright and raises $50,000 for Angel City Games Charity, helping foster young paralympians
Nicole Kidman and Nadia Comaneci’s Annual Brunch Soiree was joined by Jessica Chastain, Chrissy Metz, Matt Bomer, Topher Grace, Ocatavia Spencer, Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Ryan Murphy, Billy Porter, Michelle Yeoh, Mark Ronson and Joe Alwyn; Who All Welcomed Athletes, Olympians and Paralympians Michelle Kwan, Adam Rippon, Candace Cable, Carl Lewis, Connor Fields, Edwin Moses, Akuoma Omeoga, Ngozi Onwumere, Amy Purdy, Cassie Sharpe, Danell Leyva, David Boudia, John Naber, Jordan Burroughs, Jordyn Wieber, Katie Uhlaender, Mac Bohonnon, Madison Kocian, Alex & Maia Shibutani, Meryl Davis, Mirai Nagasu, Nasita Liukin, Rashad Jennings and Tatyana McFadden. Billy Porter Performs Soulful Rendition of ‘Shallow’ which wins the Globe for Original Song the next day.
On Saturday January 5, 2019, Los Angeles welcomed some of the greatest athletes from across the world to celebrate Hollywood’s most Golden weekend. As the longest continuous corporate partner of the Olympic Games, “Gold Meets Golden 6” was refreshed by The Coca-Cola Company, and produced and founded by CW3PR’s Charley Cullen Walters and Cinema Magazine’s Scott Orlin.
Watch Here for a great Highlight Reel of the event!
The concept for the daytime brunch began when athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games were surprised by shout-outs from their favorite Hollywood celebrities, and several of those athletes were invited to Hollywood Awards season. The outcome was “Gold Meets Golden” – a chance for Gold Medalists and other athletes to engage with some of the Entertainment Industry’s best award nominees, and realize how much they inspire one another. The brunch took place at the House on Sunset.
Gabby Douglas is surprised at London 2012 by a Good Luck shout-out from the cast of her favorite show “the Vampire Diaries”
With the recent announcement of the Games’ triumphant return to Los Angeles in 2028, Hollywood has been handed a fresh dose of Olympic Fever. While last year’s Gold Meets Golden celebrated the past, the 2019 event looked at the future by celebrating Youth in Sports. The 6th Annual event benefited Angel City Sports, a leading Paralympic organization in California, with a Friday panel of current, past and future adaptive athletes. A $50,000 check was also presented by “The Points Guy”, Brian Kelly, who surprised the crowd by doubling the donation on stage.
The charity was Founded in June 2013 when Clayton and his son Ezra Frech were on the track at the Endeavor Games in Oklahoma City and asked the question, “Why do we need to come to tornado alley to run, jump, and throw things? Why aren’t there more programs in Southern California?” Shortly after, Angel City Sports was founded with a mission of creating sports opportunities for anyone with a physical disability. Gold Meets Golden 6 also spotlighted The Foundation for Global Sports Development a leader in the sports community that delivers and supports initiatives that promotes fair play, education, and the physical and developmental benefits of sports for youth around the world. Their division Sidewinder Films promotes this mission to a broader audience through groundbreaking film and documentaries.
The Coca-Cola Company unveiled new Olympic merchandise as it looks toward the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. A special room featured golden items related to the new sports that will debut at these upcoming Games. Additionally, as the presenting sponsor of the Olympic Torch Relay, rare golden Olympic torches were displayed.
Coca-Cola’s special room of new Tokyo 2020 Merchandise
At the event, attendees received a first look at the new LAX Private Suite program from United Airlines the official travel partner for Gold Meets Golden and also a proud sponsor of TeamUSA.
Renowned J Vineyards & Winery Michelin-star Chef Carl Shelton provided a gold-medal menu of Brunch libations, including gold-dusted marmalade pop-tarts, golden croquenbouches, and a gold signature sparkling wine coupe tower.
Discovery Destinations who invite everyone to climb, zip, bike and more in their Discovery Adventure Parks worldwide, celebrated the new 2020 Olympic event of Sports Climbing with “The Climb, a state-of-the-art projection-mapped, mixed-reality photo op. The experience was powered by Farbound– the leader in Gamified Real-Life Experiences.
Bulletproof an official partner of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team, provided guests with many products including their high-performance coffee and cold brew, and offered their signature Oxygen Bar experience where guests indulged in essential oil scented oxygen to feel refreshed, full of energy and detoxified.
Popular travel website “The Points Guy” and their founder Brian Kelly shared tips and tricks on how to maximize travel experiences and help future Olympic-bound passengers obtain gold status and beyond in the age of Golden travel, and handed out special golden passport holders and luggage tags.
Custom-embossed Passport Holders and Luggage Tags from The Points Guy were a big hit at the party
And popular bakery / Cupcake Supplier SPRINKLES displayed some adorable mini “Bowtie and Gold Medal” cupcakes, in the shape of the Olympic Rings, that perfectly fit the event theme, but then got devoured by guests by the end.
Carrying a traditional torch for the event ignited by past performance of LA LA Land’s “City of Stars,” and Keala Settle’s “This is Me” from the Greatest Showman, which each won Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song, this year’s Gold Meets Golden stage was occupied by Globe-nominated Billy Porter (FX’s POSE, Broadway’s Kinky Boots, who performed the Globe-nominated hit song “Shallow” from “A Star is Born.” The song won the Globe the next day, making this a “3 for 3” record for the event. The performance was introduced by Lady Gaga’s co-writer Mark Ronson, and featured a specialty new Gold-plated grand piano.
Billy Porter wows the crowd with an emotional version of Lady Gaga’s “Shallow”, The song was introduced by Mark Ronson who accepted the Globe the next day”
Upon exit of the event, guests were presented with the famous Gold Meets Golden gift bag filled with a variety of luxury items from the event’s sponsors. This year’s bag included Limited Edition Tokyo 2020 Pin Set, the Spencer Barnes LA “Gold Medal” Neck Wand already used by many party celebrity attendees, Golden HUE Awakening Mist, empower Bodycare products CBD topical relief oil and lotion, a Coca-Cola official Olympic bottle opener, Appletinies organic apple pieces with chocolate, a Bulletproof golden-wrapped gift of Brain Octane Oil, Collagen Protein Bar and Sleep Mode Supplement, Sprinkles Cupcakes Specialty “Gold Meets Sprinkles” mini cupcake set, a J Vineyards & Winery cuvee 20 sparkling wine bottle, “The Points Guy” Golden Passport Holder and Luggage Tags, beats by Dre Studio3 wireless GOLD headphones, RITUALS‘ Golden Dao Tea Set, a bottle of Oribe Cote d’Azur Golden Nourishing Hand Creme, and MyIntent‘s “What’s Your Word” customizable gold medal bracelet and necklace.
The “Gold Meets Golden” gift bag is always one of the most coveted of Awards Season, featuring Golden Beauty and Health Products, and limited edition Olympic merchandise
And here’s a details look at what was inside