A month ago, when L’Aquila was almost obliterated by the biggest earthquake Italy has experienced in the past century, Debi and I reached out to our neighbors in Fiesole, the Ferragamo Family. We wanted to see if there was any way we could join forces and help, in the only way we could from here, by raising money to send to all those affected by the disaster. Our idea was immediately welcomed, and the Ferragamo store on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles was offered to us as a location for the event, now set to be held on Tuesday the 2nd of June 2009. The evening will be hosted by Debi and her fellow Entourage actor Adrien Grenier: a pretty solid celebrity list will attend, and funds will be collected through GlobalGiving.com and an online eBay auction of celebrity owned Ferragamo items. Friends like Dita Von Teese, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Lucy Liu, Demi Moore, Hilary Swank, Eva Longoria, Marisa Tomei, Lily Tomlin and Kenny Sharf have already donated their items, in a humbling outpour of generosity and solidarity. The Fundraising Auction will officially start the night of the event, and will remain active for 10 days. Bookmark This Link and log in on June the 2nd, 7 pm P.S.T.
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Needless to say, food will be provided by Under The Tuscan Gun in collaboration with chef Mark Peel’s Campanile Restaurant. As many of you already know, through my facebook page, I joined part-time the incredible line of cooks at Mark’s restaurant, where I’m sharpening my knives while getting ready for my future culinary adventures. With the help of their Chef de Cuisine Erika Lins we produced a great tasting menu of Tuscan Antipasti and precious mouth-watering desserts that will be paired to Italian White Wines, Prosecco and Stiletto Vodka cocktails.
All future communications and updates regarding the event, including the details on how to access the online bids will be given via our Facebook Page and via Twitter. Please keep following and join us online for the fundraising!
Debi and Gabriele