May 7. 6 p.m. HANG TEN GALA — Pierce and Keely Brosnan are among the honorees at the "Hang Ten" gala, celebrating the Malibu Boys & Girls Club's 10th anniversary. The event includes cocktails, dinner, an auction and live performance of Petty Cash, a tribute band to both Tom Petty and Johnny Cash. Expected to attend are Anthony Kiedis, John C. McGinley and Tina and Fred Segal. Arrivals at 6 p.m.; dinner and program at 7 p.m.
Location: Villa Contenta, private estate, 26848 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
Supporters Honored at Boys & Girls Club 10th Anniversary Celebration
The celebration takes place at the home of Liane and Richard Weintraub.
By Sharon Cotal | May 8, 2011
From left: Lisa and William Curtis, Keely Brosnan and Violet Miehle are honored at the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu’s 10th anniversary celebration Saturday at the home of Liane and Richard Weintraub. John C. McGinley with wife Nichole (left) and Violet Miehle, Boys & Girls Club of America California Youth of the Year winner.
Boys & Girls Club of Malibu Board President Jack McShane and his wife Kelly. The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu Glee Club perform at the gala.
The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu celebrated its 10th anniversary Saturday night with a “Hang Ten” gala at the beautiful seaside estate of longtime supporters Liane and Richard Weintraub.
Women in flowing sundresses and men in light linen suits—or board shorts—attended the event. And one remarkable young woman was given the star treatment.
Violet Miehle, 17, a seven-year member of the Malibu club was recently named the 2011 California Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of America. Despite being diagnosed with dyslexia in elementary school, Violet worked hard to succeed academically while helping other children with learning disabilities.
“Because of my dyslexia, I was sometimes picked on and made fun of by my peers,” Violet said. “People just automatically judge special-needs kids, but they are really great kids if people would just take the time to get to know them.”
Getting involved with the Boys & Girls Club and participating in some of its programs like SMART Girls and Career Launch helped her make friends and the club staff became like family, Violet said.
“The Boys & Girls Club is a truly amazing club and the programs that they offer have changed my life,” she said. “I don’t know where I’d be without them. It’s a place to go where everybody feels accepted.”
Also at the event, Keely and Pierce Brosnan were recognized for their longtime support of the club.
“They’ve been part of the organization since before it was even founded," said Kasey Earnest, the club's executive director.
Keely Brosnan said she and her husband got involved with the creation of the club because they saw the need for a place for Malibu teens to gather to make friends, do their homework and get involved with the community.
“I think the Malibu Boys & Girls Club provides exactly that,” Brosnan said. “It’s been a joy to watch it flourish the last 10 years. It seems to be having a very positive influence on the community.”
She said her husband was disappointed when he was called away early to start rehearsals for the film “All You Need is Love” in Italy, making it impossible for him to attend the gala.
“He was really sad that he couldn’t come,” Brosnan said. “He’s the one who came to me 12 years ago with the idea for a teen center and said, ‘Let’s do this.’”
Other founding members and longtime supporters who were honored at the event were Mark Benjamin, Robyn Moore and Lisa and William Curtis.
“Each of tonight’s honorees raised kids in Malibu and knows the personal challenges of growing up here,” Earnest said.
Daniel and Laure Stern, founding board members of the Malibu Foundation for Youth & Families, which started the club, attended Saturday's celebration.
“The kids have got to have something to do, and there is just as much risky behavior out here in Malibu as there is anywhere,” Daniel Stern said. “At the Boys & Girls Club, they can not only stay out of trouble, but they can also get homework help and mentoring.”
After dinner and an awards ceremony emceed by comedian Elayne Boosler, guests were entertained by the rock band Petty Cash, which performed the music of Tom Petty and Johnny Cash.
Amazing Fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club Malibu! Entertainment / Events, Featured Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Boys & Girls Club of Malibu will be hosting its annual fundraiser, The Event, June 2nd at the beautiful, private Malibu estate of Mike Fleiss, creator of the Bachelor. This party will be the event of the year in Malibu! With Ziggy Marley & special guests preforming, the acclaimed Malibu Farm catering, and Patron mixing the drinks! The guest list is packed with world famous and local stars, exclusive exposure to entertainment executives, celebrities, influential Los Angeles community members in addition to the national media exposure. Past media coverage includes: OK Magazine, People, Los Angeles Times, Angelino, C Magazine and many more and this year promises to be bigger than ever! Most importantly, every dollar raised from the world class event will directly benefit the youth and families who rely on the vital services the club provides!
Host Committee: Lyndie Benson, Keely & Pierce Brosnan, Cindy Crawford and Kelly Meyer Honorees: BGCM Ambassadors Nichole & John C. McGinley Special Emcee: Madison Hildebrand
Atmosphere: laid back, Malibu/rasta feel. Instead of traditional 10 top tables, guests will be seated at VIP and lounge spaces for 10. Think Fire pits and acoustic Ziggy! Lounge furniture is being donated by and is the exact same set-up just used for the Hunger Games premier! Going to be a fabulous event with 250-300 Malibuites, surrounding community members and Celebs.
Pricing: > 1 ticket: $500 > 2 tickets:$900 > Table: $4,000 > VIP Table: $7,500 (will include lounge/ table service and preferred placement)
Guests can purchase tickets at (click on the image of Ziggy Marley) or by calling 310.457.1400.
Why a Boys & Girls Club in Malibu?
No child escapes the challenges of adolescence. Today’s youth, especially teenagers, face countless potential pitfalls, from the life threatening dangers of drugs & alcohol to the emotional anguish that simply comes with growing up. No community is immune to these problems and Malibu is no exception, despite common perception that this privileged town is somehow magically trouble free. In fact, Malibu has a truly diverse population, with many families facing serious economic challenges & many youngsters struggling with tough choices. BGCM exists to inspire and guide our youth to choose constructive and positive paths and connects kids with their passion by providing a safe environment & empowering opportunities to BE GREAT…for every child. Our community of parents, kids, staff & volunteers work together to create hope and opportunity for every child. Meet our youth. Read their stories. See their art. Hear their music. Watch them compete. Hear their laughter. Feel their energy. An investment in them is an investment in all of us.
Allegra Tepper Not long after the sun set over Mike Fleiss‘ Malibu compound on Oct. 19 — where Hollywood and Malibu converged to benefit the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club — Chris Harrison could be found behind the bar, muddling his own mojito.
Of course, the “Bachelor” host didn’t take up the role of bartender until after he’d finished his duties as the gala’s master of ceremonies. Attendees and hosts alike had the chance to create their own libations (with a personalized engraved muddler to boot) at a bar sponsored by Patrón Tequila. As Harrison reminded the crowd, Patrón-infused cake pops, espresso shots and the DIY pour were more than just a marketing scheme.
“The more you enjoy them, the more money we’ll make tonight for the kids,” he said.
The gala — which provides the majority of the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu’s funding for the year — drew in proceeds from ticket sales (a seat at the gala went for a cool $500) and a silent auction boasting the usual variety of makeovers, getaways and an impressive array of crystal rock formations. Harrison also conducted a not-so-blind auction, when attendees were asked to raise a paddle from their table to donate fixed sums to four of the club’s initiatives. Julia Roberts was quick to shoot her paddle up for BGCM’s Goals for Graduation.
Hosts hosts included Keely and Pierce Brosnan, Kelly and Ron Meyer, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, and Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey. Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers offered their musical stylings to cap off the festivities.
While guests dined on a buffet by Malibu Farm on Fleiss’ sprawling twinkle-lit front lawn, volunteers, directors, and even some glee club members from BGCM passed the mic to both entertain and educate about the club’s goals. To many of the speakers’ credit, none sidestepped the irony of the lavish affair taking place just minutes away from the club’s locale.
“Even though we’re in one of the most beautiful places in the world and probably one of the most affluent communities in the world, we need to have a community that provides support for everyone,” BGCM prexy Brian Strange said.
The club’s founder, Daniel Stern added: “The people in this town — all of you — live very extraordinary lives. This town is filled with the most talent, the most wealth, the most creativity. You see the kind of fantastic elegance we can provide here. Our job is to raise this family within this community.”
No one drove that message home better than the BGCM Youth of the Year honoree, 17-year-old Mariarely Cruz. Having grown up in a family where issues of addiction, mental health and gang violence were a constant concern, Cruz said she had few role models to turn to before joining the Boys and Girls Club.
“During the four years that I have been a volunteer and member of the Malibu Boys and Girls Club, it’s become a second home and a family,” she said. “Through the Goals for Graduation program, I learned that college can be for a kid like me. The club has given me the power to make my own happiness. Because of the club, I will go to college. I will become an educated woman, and I will start a new life. I know my dad will be proud of me when I graduate from high school. But man, I cannot wait to see his face when I graduate from college.”
The Boys & Girls Club Malibu: Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers Performed And Julia Roberts Danced On The Lawn Posted on 10/29/2013 2:47:00 PM by Kari Mozena
Once again producer Mike Fleiss (Bachelor creator) opened his ample front yard for the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu benefit. This year it was at his sprawling new compound (formerly Mel Gibson’s pad) and it was properly decked out with twinkly lights and a comfy stuff from Malibu Market Design (up for bid – brilliant idea). There were drinks and hangover cures (seriously, someone was hawking one) and HUGE honey calcites (big pretty rocks) on the tables that you could also bid on for the kids. The neighbors all showed up: hosts Keely and Pierce Brosnan, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey, among others. Julia Roberts and Danny Moder snuck in on the q.t. and when Jakob Dylan hit the stage they were out of their seats and dancing like they were in junior high (earlier at dinner they were eating off each other’s forks).
“I got the memo, I put my keys in the bowl when I got here,” Dylan said with a smile when he saw all the familiar faces dancing below him. It was a casual and lighthearted affair for a cause close to actor Daniel Stern’s heart. He and his wife Laure started the club years ago. They celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary at the bash. I’ve heard Kasey Earnest (Chief Professional Officer) of the teen center say in at past events, “If you live here, give here.” And that’s exactly what big hearted folks like Fred Segal and John Paul DeJoria did.