When we received an invitation (in the form a Hawaiian Shirt) to attend the Rising Stars Gala at the Beverly Hilton, we thought they were kidding. Who wears "Beach Chic" attire in mid-winter in California? How about such notables as Kelsey and Camille Grammer, Attorney Rikki Klieman Bratton (Chief Bratton's spouse), and John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar, who received the Disney Man of the Year Award. The event benefited Big Brothers and Sisters of Los Angeles, and recognized outstanding members of the entertainment community, who are inspiring role models for young people. Andrea Bowen of Desperate Housewives received her award from writer/producer Marc Cherry, and Sherry Lansing presented Rikki Kleiman, who is a TV anchor, legal analyst, trial attorney, actor and best selling author, her award for mentoring young people.

NEW YEAR'S EVE NOTE:

On New Year's Eve, Flaunt Magazine will be hosting "Gridlock - New Year's Eve 2007" at the world famous Paramount Pictures Studio Lot in Hollywood. The New York Streets backlot facility will be transformed into "Times Square West" for this six square block festivity, spanning over five sound stages. The event will host SIX-THOUSAND people, and will feature some of the West Coast's hottest live bands and DJ's, performing throughout the night. Carmen Electra will host the evening, leading to the midnight ball-drop countdown in the Times Square area with spectacular fireworks, and "The Killers" will perform live to ring in the New Year. The evening's opening entertainment includes the band "Hearing Read" featuring Erik Palladino from television's ER. Four sound stages will host over 10 DJ's. Tickets are $125 which includes parking.

VIP tickets are $250 which additionally include an open bar all night, complimentary food and dessert buffet. Access to all the VIP Areas including "Sound Stage 15" of the famous Paramount Pictures with a capacity of over 1000 people which will have 4 separate DJ's, cirque aerial artists, and surprise special performances. For those really looking to celebrate in style, there will be a VIP "VIP area" (Flaunt Private VIP) where for $1,000 you will have access to the Flaunt Magazine VIP Private area where the celebrities will be partying and hanging out. There will be a complimentary open Dom Perignon bar all night and special sponsor giveaways and gift bag! For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Hardball Productions at 323.571.4000 or visit www.wantickets.com/paramount or www.gridlockla.com.