Women’s Campaign International “Spring to Make a Difference” West Coast Fundraiser

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For Immediate Release:

“Spring to Make a Difference” Marks Another Fundraising Success for Women’s Campaign International and Their First Annual West Coast Event

(April 26, 2013—Beverly Hills, CA) Graciously hosted at the historic Beverly Hills estate of Rodeo Realty owners Syd and Linda Leibovitch, Women’s Campaign International (WCI) kicked off their first annual fundraiser on Sunday, April 21st, 2013. From 2-5pm, guests enjoyed live music from DJ Lamont Pete, singer/songwriter Maddie Miller, Ghana’s international music star Rocky Dawuni, and intimate performance by R&B soul singer John Legend.  While relaxing to poolside sounds, Mexican fare donated on behalf of Poquito Mas, free-flowing margaritas, and Sweet Megan Desserts (GlutenFreeSweetMegan.com) were indulged by all.

“Spring to Make a Difference” attendees included donors and high society; Grammy-winners Macy Gracy, James Ingram, and Omar Akram; politicians such as U.S. Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Marjorie Margolies, and Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti; Hulk/Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s John Littlefield, Ellen DeGeneres’s DJ/Actor Tony Okungbowa, Chinese Model/Actress Bai Ling, “The Talk” host Sheryl Underwood, NBA Clipper player Matt Barnes and “Basketball Wives” Gloria Govan were amongst many of the celebrities in support of WCI.

Women’s Campaign International received generous donations and winning bids from silent auction items supporting New York Fashion Week experiences with Diane Von Furstenberg and Michael B, Broadway tickets to “Chicago”, 3 night stay aKa New York, Third Street Dance Studio classes, Jay Leno show tickets, drum lessons with John Densmore of the Doors, Bedhead Pjs, Neal Rogers signed guitar, “Lock Your Love” candle and fragrance collection, Daniel Maltzman fine art, VIP tickets to a John Legend concert, Meredith Baer home staging, Fender Squier Stratocaster bullet series, and famous autographed photos, prints, and books.

Supporting sponsors included: I.C.O.N. Professional Hair Products (ICONproducts.com), Calton Nutrition                                (CaltonNutrition.com), Votivo Candles (Votivo.com), Spadaro Perfume (Spadaro.co), Green & Black Organic Chocolate       (GreenAndBlacks.com/us), Competition 101 Racing School  (Competition101.com), Gotham Dream Cars                                      (GothamDreamCars.com), Daniel Gravel Salon (DGSalon.com), Nutiva Hemp Seeds (Nutiva.com), and Beverly Hills Master Crafted 902H0 water (BeverlyWater.com).

Marjorie Margolies, WCI founder and former Pennsylvania Congresswoman, was amazed by the warm hearts and generosity expressed in support of her charity. In response to this past weekend’s success Marjorie stated, “Women’s Campaign International was thrilled to successfully launch our first fundraiser in LA on Sunday. Some 250 interested and passionate LA supporters of women’s leadership around the world joined us in our mission to empower women so they can transform their lives and communities. Long established on the East Coast, WCI is excited to spread its mission to supporters across the country. WCI’s work in more than 40 countries in the last 15 years is just the beginning. It was clear to those who gathered with us on Sunday, GO IT!”

For more information on the Women’s Campaign International or how you can get involved in future events, please contact Jade Umbrella’s Stacey Barker (Stacey@jadeumbrella.com) or Erica Hill (Erica@jadeumbrella.com).

About Women’s Campaign International (WCI): Founded in 1998, WCI’s programs help women find their voices by giving them tangible skills in political leadership, conflict mitigation, economic empowerment, and civic engagement. WCI aims to empower women of all ages to transform communities. Working in emerging democracies and post conflict regions around the world, WCI equips women to actively participate in public advocacy, market, and political process. In providing the requisite skills, knowledge and culturally sensitive support, WCI develops leaders globally who transform the lives of everyone they serve. More information on the charity can be found at WomensCampaignInternational.org.




Springtime S-W-A-G is Blooming…

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So the boob tube this time of year is packed full of hoops, hoops, and more hooplah. What’s a girl to do when her man is glued to the flat screen, screaming at a NBA game that never seems to end? Well Team Jade is spring’s biggest cheerleader off the court. We’ll happily skip the buffalo chicken dip and Siracha Lays for these flowery finds.  Blooming from gift bags and lounges these past couple months, these items are worth shouting about!

4688(1) I  scream you scream, we all scream for SUNSCREEN!  With the scoreboard stress this time of year, spring having sprung, and Vitamin D outside calling our names, May marks the season to start spreading on the higher SPF. Colorescience’s Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30 ($50.00) is a lightweight mineral powder with a barely-there feel that provides a safe, non-irritating, instant UVA and UVB sun protection. The self-dispensing powder brush makes this sheer formula easy to apply and reapply throughout the day. Excellent for on the go sun protection! ColoreScience.com


(2) Rub a dub dub, everyone needs a little SHEA in the tub! Everyday Shea (EDS) Moisturizing Body Wash ($13.99) has become a staple in our showers. Certified Fair Trade Body Care, it’s a blend of aqueous neem leaf extract, traditional shea butter soap, and mild plant based surfactants. Together, these ingredients form a natural body wash that foams well and cleans completely without stripping skin’s natural oils. EDS Moisturizing Body Wash is plant based, SLS free, gluten free and made without animal testing. It’s available in unscented, lavender, vanilla mint, and coconut (our Jade fave!!!). EverydayShea.com



(3) “As seen on Tv”, the NutriBullet ($119.94) is an everyday kitchen gadget to help jumpstart weight loss and get onto a healthier path in the food department. Having been the proud owners of both Brewville and Vitamix devices throughout our juicing addiction over the years, this 600 watt motorized, superfood nutrition extractor is truly unlike any juicer or blender. The Nutribullet completely breaks down ingredients into their most nutritious, most absorptive state, all while keeping the “mess” in 2 parts to clean (the cup and the bottom of the cup). It’s ridiculously convenient and you can even drink directly out of it, too. BPA-free, it completely liquifies kale and carrots, and chops nuts to a drinkable,smoothie state. This is the ultimate dieter’s  dream! NutriBullet.com


Mrs. Renfro's Jalapeño Peppers

(4) We’re feeling HOT, HOT, HOT thanks to Mrs. Renfro’s JalapeñoPeppers (15 oz. $3.25). If you’re like us and have a thing for turning up the heat, these slices are just what your salad, tacos, or turkey burger have been missing! RenfroFoods.com


What Odor?(5) Wave goodbye to embarrassing and lingering odors. What Odor (1 oz. $3.99) is safe for people, pets, and the planet! Non-hazardous, non-toxic, and non-flammable, it’s safe to use on fabric, carpet, rugs, and upholstery. We love the travel size that fits in your purse, especially for overnights or trips out of town with large groups all staying under the same roof. PrestigePet.com


IMAK's Smart Glove


(6) Kick Carpal Tunnel to the curb! IMAK’s Smart Glove ($28.99) is the answer to pain associated from Carpal Tunnel or rather, the computer disease. This flexible support splint forces you to ergo-nomically correct your wrist position while typing at a computer a massaging with an ergoBeads® pad under the wrist to  cushion and improve circulation. IMAKproducts.com

Watt's Hyaluronic Acid Solution
(7) Watts Beauty 100% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Solution ($14.69) helps boost elasticity, moisture, and naturally stimulates the body’s generation of collagen without clogging pores. Made in the USA and organically preserved without alcohol and parabens, we highly recommended this as a moisturizer for anti-aging and all skin types. In case you didn’t know, Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body and as a foundation for our skin it holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. Compared to other formulations we’ve tried from Sephora and Ulta for $80 plus, this is far superior. You’ll notice a difference in the smoothness of your skin after the first application and in your pocketbook alike. WattsBeauty.com

Lighthouse Freeze Dried Herbs


(8) Are you a Top Chef in your kitchen and can’t get enough of flavors, flavors, flavors? Stop throwing away those fresh herbs you just bought with our new discovery of Litehouse Freeze Dried Herbs ($4.49). Easy breezy and convenient to use, these herbs will wake up any stove top   quinoa, soups, or sautéed veggies. Our pantries are now stocked with everything from freeze dried jalapeño rings and red onion, to ginger and lemongrass. LitehouseFoods.com

Blue Sky Free Soda


(9) Wanna soda without the sugar? Blue Sky Free Soda ($4.99 6 pk) is the bomb.com! All natural calorie and caffeine free, Blue Sky Free prides itself on having 100% of its ingredients come from the earth. Clap clap for this carbonation fix! The Vanilla Cherry flavor makes us smile and the lemon lime is a superb, alternate mixer for white tequila or vodka. BlueSkySoda.com


Green & Black Organic Chocolate

(10) Saving our sweet tooth for last, Green & Black’sOrganic Dark Chocolate Bars (3.5 oz. $2.99) were a huge hit for guests in attendance @ WCI’s  recent fundraiser with soul singer John Legend. The perfect blend of dark chocolate, toasted hazelnuts, and sweetness of fruit, it was truly love at first bite sampling the Hazelnut & Currant variation. Available at Whole Foods and Trader Joes, we are eager to try the Ginger and Maya Gold next. GreenAndBlacks.com


A special thank you to Lucky FABB, Aloxxi Hair, Women’s Campaign International, Art.Life, Taste of Cuba, the St. Petersburg Grand Prix, and Miami Fashion Week for all our awesome event goodies to add to “Jade’s Top Ten”.  Our “Stash for Summer” is in the works and til’ then may we toast to Emma Racine de Fleur’s  words of the season–“In spring time, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion or kisses whizzing by your head.”

Be blessed, be J-A-D-E-D…