The 21st anniversary DesignCare event was produced by actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Rodney Peete through their nonprofit organization, The HollyRod Foundation (HRF), and benefited those with autism and Parkinson’s disease, raising close to $700,000. The 2019 DesignCare Gala took place on Saturday, July 27th and featured musical performances by musical prodigious savant Kodi Lee (“America’s Got Talent”) and legendary and iconic band Cameo, as well as a fashion show by designer Pamella Roland who displayed her whimsical and gorgeous pieces from the Resort 2020 collection.
The gala honored Eva Longoria (Actress/Philanthropist)with the “HollyRod Humanitarian Award,” Areva Martin (Civil Rights Attorney) with the “Angel on the Path” Award, Jimmy Choi (“American Ninja Warrior,” Advocate for Parkinson’s) with the “Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Award of Courage,”Kalin Bennett (NCAA Basketball Player w/ autism) with the “HollyRod Hero Award,” Kodi Lee (blind singer w/ autism) also with the “HollyRod Hero Award,” and Cigna with the“HollyRod Corporate Compassion Award.”
Celebrity attendees included Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, Eva Longoria, Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wayde, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Yvette Nicole Brown, Candace Cameron Bure, Jimmy Jam, Skai Jackson, Tina & Richard Lawson, Laila Ali-Curtis, Ming-Na Wen, Alex Meneses, Eva LaRue, Pamella Roland, Denyse Tontz, Kiki Shepard, Angela Lewis, Kodi Lee, Cameo, Chaz Dean, Charlotte Ross, Kim Coles, Essence Atkins, Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Jason Bolin, Jonathan Adams, Maureen McCormick, Emma Fuhrmann, Emily Shah, Denyse Tontz, Bryton James, The Pointer Sisters, Lawrence Kao, Lauren “Lo-Lo” Spencer, Mimi G, Kaylen Zahara, Jonathan Adams, Vanessa Borge, Megan Colarossi, Akbar Gbaja-Bjamila, Kim Hawthorne, Nika King, Sharon Leal, Brytni Sarpy, Camerone Parker, Diana-Maria Riva, Brytni Sarpy, Samantha Ware, Chris Warren, Lincoln Younes, Reggie Couz and Amy Yasbeck among many others.
Guests arrived at SaddleRock Ranch in Malibu, CA for cocktails and silent auction bidding all under the stars of the beautiful and clear night. The evening featured culinary experiences by global lifestyle hospitality company, sbe and its restaurant brands Katsuya, Cleo, Fi’lia, Carna and Umami Burger. Guests were then invited to be seated in the stage/runway area for the beginning of the program where hosts Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete walked and danced on the runway to the delight of all the guests. The Gala honored Eva Longoria with the “HollyRod Humanitarian Award,” Areva Martin with the “Angel on the Path” Award, Jimmy Choi with the “Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Award of Courage,” Kalin Bennett with the“HollyRod Hero Award,” Kodi Lee also with the “HollyRod Hero Award,” and Cigna with the “HollyRod Corporate Compassion Award.” Designer Pamella Roland, who dressed Eva Longoria and Holly Robinson Peete for the evening, cultivated a stunning runway show featuring her Resort 2020 collection. There was a live auction and donations came through by the dozens via mobile pledge. The gala closed the night with a LIVE musical performance by legendary & iconic bandCameo led by Larry Blackmon.