THE ART OF ELYSIUM PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE 5TH ANNUAL HEAVEN GALA
BY VISIONARY CAMERON SILVER
HONORING ELIJAH WOOD WITH THE SPIRIT OF ELYSIUM AWARD
PRESENTED BY AUDI & RELATIVITY MEDIA
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2012
Los Angeles, California – The Art of Elysium is holding their 5th Annual Heaven Gala on Saturday, January 14, 2012, the night before The Golden Globes, at The Downtown Los Angeles Historic Union Station. Cocktails begin at 7:00 pm with special performances by The Johnny Crawford Orchestra & Lucy Walsh, followed by Dinner and a fashion show by Cameron Silver, styled by Elizabeth Stewart at 8:00 pm with a musical performance by Estelle and other surprise guests, and after-party at 10:00pm. 2012 Heaven is being produced by Yifat of Yifat Oren & Associates and presented by Audi & Relativity Media. Special thanks to additional supporting sponsors: Beau Joie Champagne, Loree Rodkin Beauty, and Marina B for providing jewelry for the fashion show.
Cameron Silver’s Heaven will celebrate vintage glamour in a historic setting, with added modernity and future, guests will experience a journey through past and present decades. Silver selected the Los Angeles Union Station as it reminded him of the Golden Era of Hollywood, which he felt provided escapism and fantasy through films such as the 1939 Oscar winning Gone With the Wind, the same year the station was built. Silver explained, “My world is one of fabrics, patterns, proportions, color and texture - my Art. The thought of experiencing life without self-expression made possible by Art is a bleak one, but for a child it is even worse. The Art of Elysium brings art to hospitalized children, providing an outlet to express their experience and zest for life through art, which inspires my soul. More importantly, invigorating children by giving them wings to travel beyond the hospital bed to a world of imagination and hope. “ For years Silver has donated time and resources to The Art of Elysium, for this outstanding contribution he is being honored as their Visionary. Recently, he hosted an Art of Elysium workshop at his Decades boutique where girls brought fashion sketches of gowns they dreamed to design to wear at the Heaven gala. Silver said, “It was a blast helping bring their visions to life by pulling similar styles from our racks, referencing vintage images from our extensive library, and interacting with staff and shoppers. It wasn't a textbook "academic" experience. But that was never the point. “
Cameron will share the evening honors with fellow artist, Elijah Wood, who will be celebrated for his unwavering support of The Art of Elysium over the years, touching the lives of thousands of hospitalized children through his participation in various art programs, donating proceeds of his music sales on iTunes and his personal time volunteering. Wood will be presented with The Spirit of Elysium Award, dedicated to one extraordinary supporting artist each year. Wood shared, “I am constantly inspired by the work of The Art of Elysium, using the transportive power of art to heal and inspire children; elevating them beyond the confines of their pain and discomfort to engage them in creativity and beauty. It has enriched my life to be a part of this tirelessly dedicated family and the lives of the children they've transformed. Such a simple concept, to engage hospitalized children in all forms of art and it's extraordinary to experience its power.
Founder of The Art of Elysium, Jennifer Howell states, “The Art of Elysium’s idea of HEAVEN is the creative exchange between artists and children that empowers through art the healing process of the soul. HEAVEN was created to give a VISIONARY the creative license to share their ideal state of HEAVEN. This year we are honored to have Cameron Silver sharing his HEAVEN with us and are so blessed to be giving THE SPIRIT OF ELYSIUM award to Elijah Wood. Both Cameron and Elijah have shared their talents, hearts and passions with this organization and the 5th Annual HEAVEN promises to be an evening where the past, present and future are suspended within one moment. The music for the evening is under the direction of the brilliant Chris Holmes with a special performance by Estelle and a surprise band.
The following are confirmed to attend: David Arquette, Justin Bartha, Rachel Bilson, Gerard Butler, Scott Caan, Kirsten Dunst, Shepard Fairey, Andrea Fiuczynski, Ginnifer Goodwin, Topher Grace, Jennifer Morrison, Chanola Hampton, Amber Heard, Patrick M. Herning, Julianne Hough, Finola Hughes & Russell Young, Sarah Hyland, Minka Kelly, Jamie King, Kidada Jones, Rashida Jones, Ali Larter & Hayes MacArthur, Joe Manganiello, Rose McGowan, Patrik Milani, Alan Siegel & David Meister, Kimberly & Michael Muller, Amaury Nolasco, Amy Smart & Carter Oosterhouse, Aaron Paul, Rain Phoenix, Busy Philipps, Brittany Snow, Tarina Tarantino & Alfonso Campos, Ashley Tisdale, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kat Von D, and Alicia Witt.
The Heaven Gala was created to celebrate artists who provide outstanding support to the foundation each year through their vision and spirit, thus being awarded as “Visionary” and “Spirit of Elysium.” The Visionaries create their own version of Heaven on earth, much like the name Art of Elysium meaning Art in Heaven. Past Visionary & Spirit honorees have included; Director Jim Sheridan, Artist Shepard Fairey, Musician Mark Mothersbaugh, and Actors Eva Mendes, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco. For more information on The Art of Elysium please go to www.theartofelysium.org
The Art of Elysium is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, founded in 1997 by Jennifer Howell, which encourages actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children battling serious medical conditions. They provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting, television, film and creative writing. They work with numerous hospitals and hospices throughout Los Angeles, California and began servicing hospitals in New York City in 2009.
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