Oscars 2012: Vertu hosts pre-Oscars dinner w/ Wolfgang + Gelila for Dream for Future Africa Foundation

Producer Quincy Jones (C), founder of Dream for Africa Foundation Gelila Puck (R) and guest attend Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
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 Levitan; singer Macy Gray (in case you were wondering if she was still alive); Motown record label founder, Berry Gordy (related to the LMFAO guys); 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. 

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

General view of the atmosphere at Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
 
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.

Here are images from the fabulous shindig which supported and shined light to an amazing cause.

TV personality Ms. J and Founder of Dream for Africa Foundation Gelila Puck attend Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

Producer Berry Gordy and designer Vera Wang attend Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

Vertu's Casey Gorman and host Wolfgang Puck attend Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage) 

Actress Holly Robinson Peete and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete arrive at Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

Singer Macy Gray arrives at Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

Vertu's Adam Thomas and author Julia Moore attend Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

 Jane Ross and fashion entrepreneur Angelique Soave attend Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

Actress Azie Tesfai arrives at Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

Nadja Swarovski arrives at Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

 Rapper Pharrell Williams arrives at Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

Actress Shiva Rose, Vertu's Casey Gorman, and founder of Dream for Africa Foundation Gelila Puck attend Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

Designer Monique Lhuillier (L) arrives at Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

 Producer Berry Gordy and Eskedar Gobeze arrive at Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage) 

The new Vertu touchscreen phones--Constellation, at the Vertu and Gelila and Wolfgang Puck Celebrate the Oscars and Dream for Africa Foundation at CUT on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)



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