Monday, September 9, 2013

Robi Reed's 11TH Annual Sunshine Beyond Summer Celebration

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Robi Reed's 11TH Annual Sunshine Beyond Summer Celebration

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist
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Robi Reed’s

11th Annual Sunshine Beyond Summer Celebration


Event Founder & Creator Robi Reed
     Every year the select Hollywood elite know that the end of summer has officially arrived when they have received their invitations to Robi Reed’s Annual Sunshine Beyond Summer Celebration. Reed is an Emmy® Award-winning casting director and VP of Talent, Casting, Original Programming for The BET Networks. If that is not enough work in itself, Reed is also the Co-Founder of The Annual Merge Summit in Los Angeles that brings the religious community and Hollywood together for fellowship, education and networking. Reed’s end of summer event with its sub-title “The Day Party With A Purpose” to benefit The Reed For Hope Foundation is in its eleventh year and is anticipated by the “Who’s Who” from a limited guest list of a select, diverse group of over 500 influencers, ranging from Hollywood insiders and business executives to community leaders, close friends and associates, for a fundraiser unlike any other. The affair took place at the beautiful mansion estate of Oscar® winning actor/comic/singer Jamie Foxx.

Reed addressing her guest pool side at the Foxx estate.
Wendy R. Robinson reception host

  The Honorees Reception was hosted by actress Wendy Raquel Robinson (BET's "The Game") and later, actress/model Eva Marcille, who unveiled her new baby bump ("America's Next Top Model"), hosted the Day Party celebration.  DJ Dorian Missick and DJ Jermaine kicked-off the festivities, rocking sounds for the reception, and 

MC Lyte curating the sounds
 hip-hop legend MC Lyte curated the music for the day party, sending guests to the dance floor to party the afternoon away. A sumptuous menu of delicious healthy food was prepared by celebrity chef Judson Todd Allen

Celebrity master Chef Judson Todd Allen
      Additionally, guests participated in a silent auction and were treated to complimentary Pinkberry yogurt, Robeks smoothies, foot massages, Nike gift bags, and OraQuick in-home rapid HIV test kits, as well as the Love Healthy Lounge brought to you by OraQuick, who were a part of the purpose within the party, where distinguished guests participated in intimate conversations about romantic relationships and discussed topics of sexual behavior and testing together as an affirmation of powerful love.

Terry Crews and Robi Reed

  Celebrities and notables in attendance included Luke James, Tasha Smith, Terry Crews, Tatyana Ali, Naturi Naughton,

L-R: Tasha Smith, Wendy Robinson, Keri Hilson, Kim Steward, Eva Marcelle, Robi Reed, Vanessa Williams, Dr. Rachel Ross and Naturi Naughton..

Kevin McCall, Annie Ilonzeh, Glynn Turman, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Margaret Avery, Lloyd Klein, Shaun Robinson, Coby Bell, Sheryl Lee Ralph, 

Guest getting their boogie on!

Nicki Micheaux, Keith Robinson, Vanessa Williams, Aaron D. Spears, Rolonda Watts, Datari Turner, Bre'ly Evans, and Stephen Hill, among others. 

BET's Stephen Hill and Robi Reed

    Reed recognized honorees at the event, presenting special awards to philanthropists Magic and Cookie Johnson, The Jamie Foxx Foundation, singer Keri Hilson, physician Dr. Rachael Ross (CBS's "The Doctors"), entrepreneur Kimberly Steward (Kess Agency), and NFL player Ndamakong Suh (Detroit Lions).

Sheryl Lee Ralph and Robi Reed



     As Reed reflects over the last 11 years, she says, "I'm so thankful to all of the partners, sponsors, honorees, and guests that came out to support my annual Sunshine Beyond Summer Celebration and the Reed For Hope Foundation.  This year's event was phenomenal and I look forward to continued growth."

Comic/Poet/Writer Leroya Sanford

Robi Reed

      What happens when you combine Rap Icon MC Lyte handling the music along with celebrity chef Judson Allen?  It’s a star studded Labor Day Robi Reed’s Sunshine Celebration!  Most know Robi Reed as an incredible Casting Director and Producer.   However, she is also the founder of Reed For Hope Foundation.  Her foundation is incredible.  One of the things I like most is how the foundation provides humanitarian services that improve quality of life globally including drilling water wells, implementing clean and renewable drinking water systems, and providing education about the importance of drinking clean water, all without charge.   I think that’s what we are all here for, to make things a better for humanity.  Robi Reed is a great example of how to use what we have to make the world a better place. 

Editor's note: 
To see Leroya's performance at the Beverly Hills Country Club click on  or go to youtube and type in "Leroya Poetry & Comedy at the Beverly Hills Country Club."

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