As I mentioned in my last post, the kind folks at Kellogg Garden Products invited me to attend the Environmental Media Awards on the lot of the Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, CA. I got all gussied up and hobnobbed with the rich and famous. Well, maybe I should say hobbled with the rich and famous since I could barely walk in my ridiculously gorgeous red heels. But I digress...
My friend Fern Richardson was my handler for the night. She made sure I didn't drool all over Justin Timberlake. This is one of the blurry photos I have of JT. He was on the move all night. I didn't want to appear to be stalking him, so I tried not to chase him. And of course, the shoes prevented chasing anyway...
He just opened a new GEO certified golf course called Mirimichi. It is the first truly green course in the world. How is it possible that we are only just now incorporating this level of eco-friendliness into golf courses? It seems like a no-brainer to me.
JT was every bit as adorable in person as he is on screen. (But don't take my word for it, check out the expression on the girl's face standing behind him in this photo.) He is genuine, funny, smart...and in short, my new virtual boyfriend. (This little girl is no match for me.)
There were lots of other big name celebs present...Kyra Sedgewick, Valerie Bertinelli, Kim Raver, Norman Lear, Carter Oosterhouse, Amy Smart. If you'd like to see more photos, head over to my EMA album on Facebook. Oh and did I mention Nicole Richie?
She was also very friendly...took time to chat with the kids of Kathy Kellogg Johnson (my host). And when I say kids, I mean teenagers. Nicole was surprisingly unassuming...very approachable and absent a cadre of guards.
And that was likely the most surreal aspect of the event. With the exception of Justin's couple of handlers, who really weren't security guards, celebrities roamed about with little between them and the unwashed masses (i.e. the rest of us.) It was fun to experience them as real people...though decidedly very rich real people.
It's funny, there were some people at the event who were clearly there for the photo op. But there were also plenty of people there for whom this is a real issue. Those who were there because the health of the environment is more than just a casual concern. Stars with a long history of activism, like Daryl Hannah, Ed Begley, Jr, Kim Raver, and Perrey Reeves were in attendance, making the rounds and using their star power to push for a greener planet.
All in all, it was a great experience...I am so happy I had the opportunity to go! Thanks again to my friends at Kellogg Garden Products, who are making the world better by selling incredibly environmentally friendly soils and fertilizers. If you are on the west coast, I highly recommend giving them a try. And, if you'd like to watch the awards ceremony, head over to the Environmental Media Association's website and watch the video!