This past weekend celebrities and their families came out to celebrate the holidays with Best Buddies California as they hosted the 6th Annual Bowling with Buddies at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City.
In attendance were the Best Buddies participants and their families, along with special guests including supermodel Cindy Crawford, actress Kelly Hu, actor Allen Maldonado, comedian Greg Fitzsimmons, model and star of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Lisa Rinna, along with her husband, actor Harry Hamlin, and Jamie Brewer, the actress who made history as the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway at this year’s NYFW.
This dynamic event pairs celebrities with buddies for an afternoon of fun, family and fashion in its finest form. The beautiful Cindy Crawford and stunning Lisa Rinna rocked a casual style that made bowling on a Sunday afternoon look like a fashion statement about how to exude the perfect match of comfort and couture.
Actor Allen Maldonado, who can be seen on the hit television show, “Black-ish”, as well as in the movie “Straight Outta Compton” and also stars opposite Denzel Washington in “The Equalizer”, came sporting a sweatshirt from his own clothing line called, Vineyards Phinest. Allen describes Vineyards Phinest clothing as a state of mind, a feeling, an energy representing confidence, strength, and honor.
The inspiration behind his designs, from tees to hats to an ever-evolving array of fashion choices, is a great representation of what makes his style so special – a portion of company profits made from Vineyards Phinest goes towards community programs for at-risk youth.
Allen runs Demo Nerds – a foundation he created that provides an acting and film workshop for kids which is designed to help build self-esteem and confidence through performing arts. As a part of the experience, the kids involved collaborate to create either a PSA and/or a short film that wraps up with a red carpet premiere, followed by an awards ceremony.
Allen’s red carpet event and screening took place on Monday with the kids at 92nd Street Elementary School here in Los Angeles. With the help of The Children’s Institute, Demo Nerds gave 14 6th graders the opportunity to help write, star and produce their very own short film called, “Straight Outta 92nd Street”. The kids were overwhelmingly excited and left the audience with these lasting words of wisdom, “You can do anything with hard work and dedication. Don’t be good. Be great.”
Wherever you turn this season, it seems there’s one trend you’ll find in LA that will never go out of style – giving back.