Vertu Hosts Pre-Oscars® Dinner With Wolfgang And Gelila Assefa Puck; Honors For Dream For Future Africa Foundation

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Vertu, the market leader in luxury mobile phones, joined Gelila and Wolfgang Puck last night to host an exclusive pre-Oscar dinner in support of Dream for Future Africa Foundation. The opulent affair brought together stars and executives from the film, art, sports and music industries at the renowned restaurant CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Vertu, the market leader in luxury mobile phones, joined Gelila and Wolfgang Puck last night to host an exclusive pre-Oscar dinner in support of Dream for Future Africa Foundation. The opulent affair brought together stars and executives from the film, art, sports and music industries at the renowned restaurant CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Many personal friends of the Pucks attended including: hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams; fashion designers Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier; record and film producer Quincy Jones; actresses Holly Robinson Peete, Shiva Rose and Azie Tesfai; actor Ken Davitian; singer Macy Gray; Motown record label founder, Berry Gordy; TV personality J. Alexander; acclaimed photographer Bruce Weber; crystal heiress Nadja Swarovski; The Bold and The Beautiful executive producer Brad Bell and wife, Colleen Bell; Italian Tenor Vittorio Grigolo; and actor Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Other notable guests included Essence’s Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor; producer Lawrence Bender; handbag designer Kendall Conrad; Target executive Greg Cunningham; author Julia Moore; The Daily’s Richard Johnson and wife Sessa von Richthofen; and executive and fashion enthusiast Angelique Soave, among many others.

Guests attending the soiree had the exclusive opportunity to experience the Vertu lounge, which featured the company’s new touchscreen phone, Constellation — a luxurious handset that strikes the perfect balance between modern technology, design and unique lifestyle services.

While celebrating the upcoming Oscars, the dinner also honored Dream for Future Africa Foundation, founded and run by Gelila Assefa Puck, which is dedicated to providing education and feeding programs for orphans that have lost their parents to the AIDS virus. For more than a decade, Gelila Assefa Puck has been active in supporting women’s global health initiatives and the advancement of orphaned children in Africa.

“I have long been impressed at the commitment made early on by the brand leaders at Vertu to raise awareness and to financially support important charities that make a real and measurable difference in the world,” said Gelila Assefa Puck. “We are delighted to again partner with Vertu at this event in support of Dream for Future Africa Foundation and the children of Ethiopia.”

Kevin Lee of LA Premier, created the luxurious ambience for the night, with a design that complemented Vertu’s sleek luxury handsets.

As the official chef of the Oscars Governor’s Ball, Wolfgang prepared a lavish, three-course meal that included Maryland Blue Crab, Louisiana Shrimp Louis Cocktail and American Wagyu / Angus “Kobe Style” New York Sirloin.

Vertu offers an unrivalled range of exclusive services with Constellation including complimentary 24-hour concierge service, designed to ensure a Vertu owner’s life is beautifully arranged. Additionally, Vertu owners have access to private member clubs worldwide, unique on-device content and applications including location aware city briefs, personal security and risk management services, and exclusive opportunities that are tailored to a Vertu owner’s passion points.

“Vertu has established a great relationship with the Pucks and we were honored to celebrate the Oscars and support Gelila’s Dream For Future Africa Foundation,” said Casey Gorman, Managing Director, Vertu Americas. “CUT is the perfect location for such an event. Not only is it a favorite haunt of Vertu owners, but it’s also remarkably close to Vertu’s Rodeo Drive Store — the heartland of Vertu in the United States.”

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About Vertu
Vertu is the pioneer and leading manufacturer of luxury mobile phones. Created to complement the discerning customer’s lifestyle, Vertu offers tailored, luxury services in combination with the finest in design, engineering and modern technology. With three distinct collections- Signature, Ascent and Constellation- Vertu uses innovations in manufacturing technology combined with traditional technology and craftsmanship, assembling each phone at the company’s headquarters in England. Vertu is available in over 500 stores, including over 100 Vertu boutiques, in 66 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.vertu.com

About Dream For Future Africa Foundation
Dream For Future Africa Foundation was founded by Gelila Assefa Puck in 2010 and is dedicated to providing opportunity and equity for those most in need in Africa. Gelila Assefa Puck is an internationally known fashion designer, and an award-winning international philanthropist who was born and schooled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For more than a decade, Ms. Puck has been active in supporting women’s global health initiatives and the advancement of orphaned children in Africa. Ms. Puck’s commitment to her East African heritage and to the communities of her Ethiopian homeland was the subject of a recent and admiring major feature on CNN International viewed by millions. For more information, please visit http://www.dffaf.org

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Nicole Janok
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Office:     (212) 829 0002 Ext.122
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Dream for Future Africa
E-mail:     helpchildren(at)dffaf(dot)org
Web:     http://www.dffaf.org

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