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  • HealthCorps’ 9th Annual Perennial Garden Gala 2015

    HealthCorps’ 9th Annual Perennial Garden Gala By. Melissa Kalloo Style Music TV


    On April 29th, 2015, the HealthCorps organization held their fabulous 9th Annual “Perennial Garden Gala” at Cipriani Wall Street. The evening was co-hosted by the founders Dr. Mehmet Oz and his lovely wife Lisa Oz with talented performers Kat DeLuna and The Sugarhill Gang. Dr. Oz honored Jordin Sparks, Montel Williams, the CK-12 Foundation, and The Chickasaw Nation for their contributions to help the movement for these youths.
     
      
    The many guests who attended the gala were Daphne Oz and her husband John Jovanovic, Montel Williams, Kat DeLuna, Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Jacqueline & Chris Laurita, Melissa & Joe Gorga and Kathy & Riche Wakile, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Camille Grammer, Jennifer Williams, NY Giants Steve Weatherford and Prince Amukamara, Miss Teen USA K. Lee Graham and many more.
     
       
    HealthCorps is an amazing organization that helps to promote in-school programs which targets nutritional and fitness goals and it empowers children for an overall healthier lifestyle.  I had the honor of interviewing the founder, Dr. Mehmet Oz. He told me that HealthCorps started back in 2003. Dr. Oz stated, “We started the organization because in the northern part of Manhattan, there is a lot of kids and teenagers who didn’t have the mentoring I used to have, the coaches, sports teams, band, the things that used to be available to kids.” When I asked him about HealthCorps, he replied “The key wasn’t about eating better and exercising but about mental resilience. This is the core.” He also said he is working on making the programs digital, so children around the world can have access to these free programs.
    The funds raised at the beautiful “Perennial Garden Gala” will contribute to help raise awareness for these school programs on ways to fight child obesity. The décor of the gala really made you feel like you were having dinner in an exquisite garden.

          
     
    Obesity is a major crisis in America that is on the rise and more and more families are being affected by it. Social and economic factors play a role on children’s obesity. It is easy to go to a fast food restaurant to buy a burger because it is cheap and easy to access than to prepare a meal. Also, with the rise of technology children would rather stay indoors and play video games or their tablets than to play an outdoor sport. Being able to educate children in-school and at home will be the movement that changes our generation and beat obesity which is HealthCorps’ mission.
    It is important to invest on ways to educate and encouraging our generation be proactive, by eating healthy and exercising. Dr. Mehmet Oz, his family and the many contributors who continue to support our future are making a big difference in these children’s lives. The cure to obesity is having people who care and with the right guidance, we can make good health choices on what we choose to eat. This movement not only helps children but it also helps their families and friends. This little step will make a big difference especially in the long run.
    The night started off with an uplifting and “get-you-out-of-your-seat” performance by Kat DeLuna. She performed her new single, “Bum Bum” which had the guests on their feet dancing. There was also a dance performance by Steep Stewart & the Perennial Dancers who lighted up the room with their dance number. 
     
      
    As the night went on, many awards were given out to many contributors who help to make the HealthCorps movement come alive! This year’s HealthCorps Awards went to Jordan Sparks, Montel Williams, CK-12 Foundation and The Chickasaw Nation.
     
     
    The special musical guest performance that ended dinner and had all the guests on the dance floor was by The Sugarhill Gang. Dr. Oz joined in with his guests on the dance floor and they danced the night away!
     
    It was truly a magical night to celebrate an amazing movement that brings people together to help shape our future generation and make them future powerful leaders! 
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  • Kyndall - "Still Down" Streaming Now!

    Yesterday, 19-year-old Houston native – Kyndall – released her 6-track debut EP Still Down via Atlantic Records. The EP is streaming in its entirety via Kyndall’s soundcloud now: https://soundcloud.com/officialkyndall/sets/still-down-ep.

    On her debut EP, Kyndall’s called upon the talents of Boi 1da (Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar), Chef Tone (Trey Songz, R. Kelly, Jamie Foxx), Maejor Ali (Justin Bieber, Drake, Kelly Rowland) & DJ Dahi (Drake, Lily Allen, Big Sean) to hole up in Houston and Atlanta to work on new material, giving birth to Still Down. It’s a heap of gritty, bass heavy R&B that she tackles with stunning lilt and passionate lyrics detailing her first love.
    To celebrate the release of her EP, Kyndall also dropped the official music video for “Playing Games.” Check it out below:
     
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    STILL DOWN TRACKLISTING
    1. Call Away - Produced by DJ Dahi
    2. All Mine – Produced by Boi 1da
    3. Playing Games – Produced by Flip & Jameel
    4. Still Down – Produced by Maejor Ali
    5. Close To me – Produced by DJ Dahi
    6. Bullet – Produced by Adonis
     
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  • 17th annual Super Saturday event in the Hamptons!


    On Saturday, July 26th Kelly Ripa and Donna Karan hosted the 17th annual Super Saturday event in the Hamptons. Better known as the "World Famous Garage Sale," Super Saturday is a day of heavily discount designer shopping to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. 

    Attendees included Kelly Ripa, June Ambrose, Fern Mallis, Jonathan Cheban, Nicky Hilton and more. 

    Highlights from the event included eating the delicious food and deserts from world famous St Ambroeus restaurant, the Priv's braid bar, and of course shopping for a cause! 

    The event was broadcasted live on QVC. 

    By Angeli Style Music TV reporter

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  • Starlight Night at Citi Field

    The Starlight Children’s Foundation hosted its 12th Annual: Starlight Night at Citi Field

    Published on June 25, 2014 by Melissa Kalloo

    Yesterday marked the 12th anniversary for Starlight Night at Citi Field which was held at the Bullpen Plaza in Flushing, New York. This amazing charity brought more than 300 seriously ill children and their families together for one magical night at the NY Mets game. Last night, these children created memories that would last a lifetime.  

    What better way to watch the game between the New York Mets and the Oakland Athletics, than at the stadium itself! Thanks to the New York Mets who made this night possible by donating nearly 900 tickets in their “Big Apple” section, which put the biggest smile on these children’s faces. This was their night!

    The magical night started off with a huge barbecue in Bullpen Plaza. The delicious food was sponsored by ARAMARK. You name it they had it, from hotdogs to burgers, buffet style! The children and their families were able to grab a plate, sit and mingle together. The barbeque was filled with happy children running and playing with each other. The one thing I love most about Starlight Children’s Foundation is everyone is like one big family; they all knew each other and welcomed new comers like myself with open arms. This was the place to be!

     


    The children had a fun-filled night ahead of them! There were many activities for them before the game. While they got their face painted, they played with clowns and had ice cream. Mr. Met made his way greeting guests and took a beautiful group photo with the children. These little cutie pies strike many different poses for photographers. Talk about good sports!

     


    I had the pleasure of speaking to a friendly little girl name Cassandra who is part of the Starlight Foundation. She has been with the foundation for two years. During my little interview with her, I asked her “What does she look forward to most at this event?” Cassandra’s response was “I like meeting new people and the Mets wives are really fun and the actual game is really fun”. This event is what these children look forward to the most. They are able to interact and make new friends. The one message Cassandra wanted to share to other children who are going through similar situations is, “Don’t give up and you’ll make it through because you’re just like everyone else and you’re YOU!” I think having such amazing opportunities for these children helps them become role models for others.

     


    I also had the honor of speaking to Michele Hall-Duncan who is the Director of Children’s Services for Starlight Children’s foundation. She was able to tell me a little more about the foundation and who was going to be at the event tonight. Starlight Children’ foundation serves children in the tri-state area. There were 370 people that came out last night to support the foundation.  One of the programs that they have is the “Starlight Escapes Program” which hosted last night’s event. The kids had the opportunity to meet former baseball player Rusty Staub. They were able to get his autograph and take photos with them.

     


    The children also had the opportunity to meet some of the NY Mets wives. The wives were super friendly, they chatted with the parents while taking photos with the kids. They even signed baseballs for them. Just amongst some of the wives, NY Mets #5 David Wright’s wife Molly Wright was in the house; which made it her second year at Starlight Night at Citi Field. The NY Mets really made a lot of dreams come true last night! 

     


    Now let the game begin! The “Big Apple” section of the stadium was reserved for the children and their families. The seats were so great, the kids felt like they can actually touch the baseball players. As each baseball player made their way to the field, the kids were cheering for their favorite players. Now this is the way to watch a baseball game!

     


    On a daily basis, these children face such challenging medical journeys in their lives. This amazing event was created for them to really just be a kid, plus it makes a great story for them to share with others at school today. Starlight Children’s Foundation, the NY Mets and the many sponsors of last night’s event made it all possible!

     

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