Monday, October 12, 2009
Garden Party With A PurposeKhaki and Bubblegum Pink: Nick Verreos and Leeza Gibbons say "cheese", 8th Annual GLEH Garden Party Last Sunday, I attended the 8Th Annual GLEH Garden Party. GLEH stands for Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing, and it is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and operating high-quality affordable, multicultural housing developments to provide social and recreational services for GLBT older adults. GLEH provides a safe, nurturing environment that supports the well-being of GLBT elders. When I was invited to attend to show my support, there was no question: I had to be there! This Way Please: Nick Verreos at the 8th Annual GLEH Garden Party This year's event honored Leeza Gibbons and Sharon Gless. It was held at the UNBELIEVABLE estate (not just a home--it looked like where Queen Elizabeth would live if she had a "Summer Home" in LA!) of former "Extra" anchor Dayna Devon and her husband, plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken.Odd Couple: Chuy from Chelsea Lately and Lance Bass, 8th Annual GLEH Garden Party My best friend, Erik Moreno came with me and we really had a good time. As we arrived, we spotted Lance Bass and Chuy from Chelsea Lately (Lord knows what he was doing there, but I'm happy he was there to support!). Most of the afternoon, we hung out with my "girlfriend", model JP Calderon (you might remember him from the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency show and Survivor Cook Islands) and his HOT partner. Don't Touch My Fat: JP Calderon feels Nick Verreos up (as his bf looks on laughing!) We had a lot of fun together! The house--located in the "original" Beverly Hills area of LA, Hancock Park, was incredible (did I already say that?). This 8th Annual GLEH Garden Party featured a fashion show/presentation by LA underwear and swimsuit designer, Andrew Christian. Designer and Client: Nick Verreos with actress Thea Gill, 8th Annual GLEH Garden Party There was also an extensive Silent Auction featuring a signed guitar by Melissa Etheridge, various vacation packages, signed scripts, spa packages...you name it, they had it! There were delicious hors d'oeuvres including beef and shrimp skewers, crepes, salads as well as cocktails galore. In case you're wondering, the Gays WERE eating (including myself!). Flipping Out: Nick Verreos with hair "guru" Chaz Dean, 8Th Annual GLEH Garden Party I also said "hello" to actress Thea Gill from "Queer As Folk" (and a former red carpet NIKOLAKI client!) as well as Chaz Dean (he was one of Jeff Lewis' clients on "Flipping Out"). Leeza's speech was wonderful and very inspiring I might add. Thank you to GLEH for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful event.