I had a wonderful time last night with my hubby at the MEND Gala Event, The Oscar Experience Los Angeles! Thanks to our hosts at Kaiser, Jennifer and Jonathan Lopez, we had an outstanding experience. It was just like being at the Oscars! It felt like we were part of the excitement and energy of the Oscars, at least. MEND raised over $250,000 for their charitable organization that helps people who are suffering from poverty in the Los Angeles area. Please see their website to donate and find volunteer opportunities. Who knows? Maybe you will find yourself on the red carpet next year!
My Oscar experience 2013 began when I saw The Sessions and I considered it to be “Oscar-worthy”. When I see movies I always try to predict the nominees for the Academy Awards. Once the nominees are announced, I try to see as many of the films as possible. This year, I think I out-did myself!
I enjoyed seeing quite a few of the Oscar nominated films including:
The Silver Linings Playbook
Snow White and the Huntsman
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Here are a few I missed but would still like to see:
Beasts of the Southern Wind
Tonight I have the privilege of attending MEND’s Oscar® Experience Los Angeles. MEND is a charitable organization. With dignity and respect, powered by volunteers, MEND’s mission is to break the bonds of poverty by providing basic human needs and a pathway to self-reliance. Meet Each Need with Dignity, MEND, is an organization that my family has supported over the years by donating and volunteering. This is the first time I am able to attend their annual gala event.
Oscar® Experience is the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts and Sciences’ program that enables local charities to host glamorous Oscar® viewing parties and raise money for their organizations. Only one charity in any given media market may participate in Oscar® Experience. MEND is honored that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has designated MEND as the only official Oscar® Experience charity in the Los Angeles area.
The whole thing takes place at Universal Studios, here is the “invitation”:
MEND invites you to join us for our third annual
OSCAR® EXPERIENCE LOS ANGELES CELEBRATING THE 85TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
Universal Studios HollywoodSM – the Globe Theatre Sunday, February 24, 2013
4:00 pm: Red Carpet Arrivals 5:30 pm: Program Begins 6:00 pm: Gourmet Dinner by Wolgang Puck Catering Begins
Evening includes celebrity guests, silent auction, casting your own awards ballots, and an Oscar® trivia contest.
Attire: Red-carpet appropriate
So, now I have to decide on what to wear and do a little more fact finding to participate in the trivia contest and make my final decisions so I can cast my ballot! I am so excited! I will be Tweeting and posting on Instagram so you can follow along in the Social-Media-Sphere and join in the fun!
#MENDOSCARS @MENDPoverty @mizmeliz #mizoscars
Hopefully, I can help raise awareness for this special organization that does so much for the people of Los Angeles. If you want to volunteer or just find out more, click here VOLUNTEER NOW.
MEND – Meet Each Need with Dignity
10641 N. San Fernando Road
Pacoima, CA 91331
I must say I am still on a high from my so-called social media life!
I do love being a blogger, and I love living in Los Angeles. Many of my readers are my friends and have asked me why I get to do fun things and how I find out about them. My answer is usually, “Social Media.” ” I found out online.” “I heard about it on Facebook.” “I just got lucky, I guess.” It’s true, I hear about events or get invited to them many times because of my role as a blogger. I am asked to review something or Tweet about it. This is often in return for free food, a goody bag, or a movie pass. Mostly I would Tweet or Blog about it anyway because I like to share my experiences. I love to write about what is happening in my life. Of course that would include my activities. As I hope I have proven, it is possible to create your own adventures. Anyone can make an adventure out of any outing. Just make it fun and enjoy yourself!
Now and then I find myself in a somewhat surreal position.
Last weekend, my hubby and I attended an event that took place at The Getty Museum. I did hear about this in my So Cal Lady Blogger Group from PR Pro (Hot Shot and friend) Ana Lydia Monaco. It was a special event about and for the influence of social media put together by Ted Nguyen, Lana Layne, Laura Bittler, and Beverly Macy, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/beverly-macy/social-la-is-hot-influenc_b_2712137.html For more pictures and a unique look at the event see my friend from So Cal Lady Blogger’s, Marcie Taylor’s Storify: http://storify.com/marciemarketing/getting-social-at-the-getty
All the attendees were asked to use the “hashtag” #GettySocial which makes it so nice to search for all things related to the event on Instagram and Twitter. Take a look, you will find participants and instigators alike hamming it up and enjoying the fruits of their labor. . . you will even find a jingle a la @youtoocanbeguru Bridget Willard!
The highlight for us was hearing the guest speaker, an admired Hollywood business owner, Nic Adler of The Roxy.
Even more exciting was getting to meet him and talk with him. On our way there we discussed what we would ask him if we had the opportunity. He was so approachable and easy to talk with that we soon found ourselves forgetting our prepared questions and just talking about our favorite bands. We talked about how fast tickets sell out these days and Nic gave me a great piece of advice. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this before, but it is a great way to use what I consider to be an integral part of social media – Google Alerts! Just set an alert and get an email every time that topic hits the news. Problem solved! Another feature that I discovered . . . You can personalize the freakin’ news in “your world!” http://youtu.be/JmxL5BlVzZQ Just make your own News Channels. Why not?
How do you modify and personalize your Google Platform? Have you been building your own Social Community?
Tweet me @MizMeliz!