GBK Styles Athletes and Actors Alike at Their Annual Gift Lounge Honoring the ESPY Awards’ Nominees and Presenters

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There was an eclectic mix of sports and lifestyle brands with great food and music, creating a fun atmosphere to celebrate the awards show.

GBK (gbkproductions.com), the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, hosted a lounge honoring the 2015 ESPY Awards’ Nominees and Presenters on Monday, July 13th. Celebrities and sports icons of all kinds visited the event to collect gadgets and goodies from the participating sponsors. Some of the attending guests included: Jalen Rose (ESPN Announcer and past NBA star), Kenny Lofton (MLB Hall of Famer), Festus Ezeli (championship-winning Warriors), David Lee (championship-winning Warriors), Andy Dalton (quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals), Shawne Merriman (top NFL player – Chargers), Merril Hoge (ESPN sports announcer), Dallas Friday (featured on the cover of ESPN’s “Body” issue)and more.

After the sun went down, a private poker tournament played out in the lounge area with a small group of guys, raising $6,000 from only 12 players coming out to support the cause. ABC News covered the festivities, as players included Mekhi Phifer, Roger Cross, Shawn Toub, Dan Fleyshman, and many other poker professionals. An amateur player, Tracey Szymanski, took down all the pros in the end. The beneficiary for the poker tournament was Falcons Youth and Family Services, whose mission is to empower underprivileged and underserved youth to excel in life through: educational services, health/nutritional awareness, physical activities, social responsibility, cultural appreciation and long term mentoring. For more information, please visit: http://www.fyfs.org

Three other charities participated in the Celebrity Gift Lounge as well. The Model Citizen Fund, which distributes life-sustaining backpacks filled with 150 items that include food, health, and survival essentials to the homeless and disaster victims, giving them the tools and confidence to build/rebuild their lives. Muscular Dystrophy Association, MDA, is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. KIDS in the GAME, which provides grants and passes to kids, youth sports organizations, and schools to support kids’ physical activity across the country.

This year’s lounge featured a variety of luxury and lifestyle brands. Presenting Sponsor, ZIRH Men’s Skincare, was a true highlight of the lounge, providing premium skincare and shaving essentials. ZIRH is a go-to for celebrities, professional athletes and musicians who turn to the collection for its no-nonsense approach towards grooming.

Also on the health and wellness front, gifts included: a $2,500 gift certificate towards a Health Mate Infrared Sauna, bring ultimate comfort and style to your sauna experience and enjoy the benefits of both nature and technology in our Health Mate Classic For Two; anti-aging facial serum from DERMAFFECT; dental hygiene gifts from PlaqueHD, the first professional plaque-identifying toothpaste loved by dentists, patients and parents nationwide; 3 personal training sessions with celebrity trainer Lalo Fuentes with LaloFitness; Ferocious Nutrition, who gifted Natural Testosterone and HGH Booster for men looking to boost performance and gain muscle mass; Cheribundi, a fresh pressed tart cherry juice made from a proprietary juicing process to yield peak antioxidant levels; Soma Soul, a new innovative workout unit that allows you to work out any where any time; Violet Iodine, the once-daily, non-prescription pill to alleviate premenstrual breast discomfort and promote breast health; and Dále Energy, a low calorie, all natural energy blend that does not contain Taurine.

Fashion and accessories are always a highlight of any GBK Lounge. Guests enjoyed products from Vessel, a leading custom bag company; custom official team jackets from MLB, NBA, NHL, and NASCAR from JH Design Group; wooden sunglasses that are ethically and environmentally correct from Woodzee; 100% soft cotton blend jersey, classic "M Face Tee", with a gold foil hit from M the Movement; handcrafted bracelets or necklaces with your intent word as a daily reminder and conversation starter from MyIntent Project; and gifts from Copper Tough Compression Sleeves.

Other great gifts included: Gifts certificate for resorts throughout Mexico and Jamaica, compliments of Caribbean Living Magazine; $400 gift certificate towards a custom scrapbook from BESTofLEGACY; a free “Ike’s for a Year” card and “Skip the Line” pass from Ike’s Place – award-winning sandwiches for meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diets; 100% Blue Agave Ultra Premium Tequila from AsomBroso Tequila; Unite4Good - featuring their Kindness Campaign; and a Monthly Beauty Box by Beauty Kitchen.

Barber Lounge was also on site offering last minute men's grooming services and gave away Barber Lounge grooming products such as shampoo, conditioner, signature pomade, and signature nourishing shave oil.

ABOUT GBK:
GBK, formerly GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Special Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO), Carla Domen (VP) or GBK, please go to gbkproductions.com.

GBK is not affiliated with, endorsed, or sponsored by ESPN; the ESPY Awards; ABC, Inc.; The Walt Disney Company; or The Hearst Corporation.

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