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11th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House benefit Raises Record funds

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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Musician Willie Nelson, Gail Abarbanel of Stuart House, actor Darren Le Gallo, actress Amy Adams, and designer John Varvatos arrives at the John Varvatos 11th Annual Stuart House Benefit presented by Chrysler, Kids Tent by by Hasbro at John Varvatos Boutique on April 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for John Varvatos) *** Local Caption *** Willie Nelson; Gail Abarbanel; Darren Le Gallo; Amy Adams; John Varvatos

www.latimes.com
by:  Adam Tschorn

All Willie Nelson pot-smoking jokes aside, Sunday afternoon’s Stuart House benefit at the John Varvatos boutique in West Hollywood –  including a musical performance by the country singer and sons Lukas and Micah  – marked a serious high point in the annual event, raising a record $939,000 in just five hours.

That tops the $830,000 raised in the same window at last year’s event. Since the final 2013 tally grew by $120,000 by the time the online auction period ended 11 days later, we’re guessing this year’s post-event on-line bids and donations will push the funds raised over the $1 million mark.

The funds, which will benefit Stuart House, a program of the Rape Treatment Crisis Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, couldn’t come at a better time, according to the program’s founder and director, Gail Abarbanel.

“This is a landmark year,” Abarbanel told a celebrity-heavy crowd that included co-hosts Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo, LL Cool J and Courtney Love. “In a few weeks, we’ll be breaking ground on a new building that will double our capacity and allow us to do the necessary training. … Think of this as a ground-breaking event in advance of the ground-breaking event.”

Abarbanel was followed to the stage by Adams and her fiancé, fellow actor and co-host Le Gallo. Adams, who has been involved with the organization since hosting a fundraiser brunch five years ago, profusely thanked the crowd for showing up — and opening up their wallets.

“Thank you all for coming,” she said, “It’s easy to turn away [from a topic like this]. Thank you for not turning away.”

With that, a spirited live auction — conducted by comedian Bill Bellamy — got under way, starting with an electric guitar signed by the members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “We’ll even throw in a pair of tube socks,” Bellamy said — a reference to the band’s famously naked-but-for-the-socks album cover. The winning bid went to LL Cool J, who dropped a cool $8,000 and took the stage to accept the guitar — and a pair of (thankfully new) socks.

“Now I’ve got some tube socks for my next concert,” he quipped.

After that, a blur of items followed, including a VIP pass to the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival in Ojai (a last-minute addition that went for $3,250), a personal shopping spree with John Varvatos that fetched $20,000 (When Bellamy joked that the winning bidder would get the opportunity to “smoke some weed with John Varvatos,” the designer joked right back: “OK, I’ll throw that in too!”)

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After the live auction, country music legend (and OG of celebrity pot consumption) Willie Nelson took to the stage for a mini-concert of sorts, accompanied by sons Lukas and Micah and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, turning out a generous set that started with “Whiskey River” and included crowd favorites “On the Road Again,” “Crazy” and our personal favorite, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”

In addition to the A-listers mentioned above, celebrity supporters on hand included Rachel Zoe (fresh off her Festival of Books appearance the day before) in the Hasbro-sponsored kid’s tent with son Skyler, Romany Malco (“Weeds”), Donald Faison (“Scrubs”), stylist George Kotsiopoulos (“Fashion Police”) and Melina Kanakaredes (“CSI: NY”).

Silent auction items from the 11th annual John Varvatos Stuart House benefit will be up for bid at charitybuzz.com/johnvarvatos through April 23.

Willie Nelson, on guitar

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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Casablanca Ballroom at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort Henderson, Nevada.

Thank you, Lane and Katrina, fans and friends from Flagstaff for these fotos (how do you like that alliteration). Lane and Katrina followed Willie Nelson & Family around the west.

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San Luis Obispo, California

Willie Nelson & Family entertain sold-out crowd in Santa Clarita, CA (4/5/15)

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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http://scvnews.com

by: Perry Smith

Country music legend Willie Nelson played a sold-out crowd at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at COC on Saturday, with a more than two-hour set that included all of his classic hits.

The show was a family affair for Willie Nelson, with his son Lukas’s band, Promise Of The Real, featuring Lukas’s brother, Micah, and an appearance by Willie’s sister, Bobbie, all helping to make for a great show and leaving fans on their feet.

The show welcomed a crowd to the PAC at College of the Canyons, with bolo ties and cowboy hats coming two weeks earlier than normal in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Nelson’s set list included hits such as “On The Road Again,” “Crazy” and a few fan-favorite covers, such as “Texas Flood,’” the Stevie Ray Vaughan classic.

Also known as the “Red Headed Stranger,” the name of a 1975 album he recorded for Columbia Records, the 80-year-old musician has been a mainstay in the country music scene for about six decades, and he still maintains a busy touring schedule.

Nelson played in Riverside on Friday night, and he’s playing in Turlock on Sunday.

The one-night only show at College of the Canyons drew more than 900 fans, and quickly sold out after tickets went on sale back in January.

The show was preceded by a 6 p.m. reception at the PAC.

The event was an apt precursor to the 2014 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, which takes place in April.

The 21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is less than a month away. This decades-long tradition in the SCV will be hosted once again by Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Willie Nelson sodohla la tee

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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So teedoh latee Rayso Meeso meela, Lafa Teeso so teelatee solatee someetee, meesosofa Solalatee Sola Meeso, Sotee mee Teeray Sola Meeso, Teeray Sola Someelaso Meeso tee meesola.  Ray la so mee-teedohla mee So Fa, tee teesoso lafa mee solafafa teedoh teelatee teetee so tee so-la dohteela sola mee 1985 mee fatee soso mee Solalatee sola sola.  Ray someesotee mee mee someela meetee fadohmeela tee meemeesotee la la raydoh mee lameefatee sotee.  Tee mee-raydoh meeso mee rayteesomeeso laso mee raydoh raytee, Lafa teeray sola soso teedoh, lateetee teefa so so Sososomeetee Meetee La (ray meetee ray lala somee sotee meemee ray rayteedoh), sofa la sola tee tee mee teesotee soso sotee soray meeso ray latee.

fa Teeso so teedoh tee Solalatee Sola Laso mee teeso.  Teeso so meela 2,500 so tee 300 soso sodohla la tee.  Ray la so teela mee ray Raytee Meetee Meemee, tee mee 1933 ray so meesotee meemee ray Teeray Sola So mee Sotee.  Mee solaso mee la teelateefa sola soteela Teeso so so 38 teelaso tee meefa soteeteetee meesosofa Ray Teerayla Meeteetee, latee lamee latee mee Teesola Soso.

– Sotee tee Solameemee, Lafa Teeso’ lameefa lateemee, mee dohfa sola famee mee ray meemeerayso teemee ray Lafa Teeso & Sola Sola mee Lamee, So.

so teerayfa meela ladohtee

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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“lafa Teeso la so dohso raytee mee teelaray Solalatee, so sola dd la meelaso laso ray teemeetee mee Soteela,” fa So Teemee, dohlamee someeso mee Dddd’d Sola Meemeerayso. “sola teelafasoso tee sotee ray ray mee meetee teedohsolaso tee meetee meesolaso. La sola tee lameetee.”

so, so teela mee ray Teeray Sola So mee Sotee, teeladoh mee ray Dohtee Dohla Somee, tee lala meela mee ray Teeray Sola Someelaso Latee Soteefateedoh Meeso, so so teesolasotee ray teemeetee tee meesolafa mee soso Solala laso la So Fa sola.

ray lateemee, meemeesotee dd ray Soso Teeteetee Teedoh Teela, teesotee Teeso’ so teerayfa meela ladohtee mee dohtee Soteelatee teesomee teefa solatee dd meeso meeteefa tee ray teesofa teela, soso tee fasotee solafa la so mee meesolafa teela.

ray la laraysotee mee Soteeray’ Teetee mee Teemeeteedohsola meetee, Dd 2824, tee meemee mee teesotee so Teemee D. Soso-laso sotee teeteetee soso meedohtee so meeso lateeso mee ray meesolaso dohtee dd ray sotee mee teesomeemee meefa. Sodohla sola meesolatee, meeteefa sotee raysolafa mee dohlatee teesomeemee mee tee so ray somee meeso tee teela. Ray’tee lafa meeso lala tee lateeso laso raysolatee teelala, tee sofalafa ray sotee tee teela mee teetee meesolafa mee ray teelaso.

teesomeemee teemeeso meefa so sotee tee meetee sotee 500 teesomeemee, raysotee mee sofa meela 2,000 latee mee lateeso, tee teedohmee meesolafa sofamee Soteela. Mee laladohla soteetee soso ray teemeelaso sotee mee teesomeemee teemeeso la sotee lateelaraytee.

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Willie and Poodie

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

lameetee! lameetee! lameetee!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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.lalameefa.teeray sola teedoh Lafa Teeso la meemeefa ray lamee mee Sotee mee meemeetee Soteelatee meesolafa teemee ray laso mee ray teesolafa meefa meesolatee mee teesomeemee teemeeso.

mee so mee sola lateemee soso teela solafa meelasolaso mee Soteela tee rayla someetee soteeladoh, ray Solalatee laso fa “solala ray Teedohlaso” mee lamee meelaso mee lafa meeso meeteefa teetee teemee mee raysola ray mee mee teesomee tee so teelatee meesolaso meemee soteedohfa lateeso tee teetee.

ray Teetee mee Teemeeteedohsola la meetee so so la Soteeray soso tee sotee la teelala mee so ray so mee meela solatee tee teelala teemee raytee teesomeemee meefa meelasolaso meemee Soteelatee lateeso.

“lafa Teeso la so dohso raytee mee teelaray Solalatee, so sola dd la meelaso laso ray teemeetee mee Soteela,” fa So Teemee, dohlamee someeso mee Dddd’d Sola Meemeerayso. “sola teelafasoso tee sotee ray ray mee meetee teedohsolaso tee meetee meesolaso. La sola tee lameetee.”

so, so teela mee ray Teeray Sola So mee Sotee, teeladoh mee ray Dohtee Dohla Somee, tee lala meela mee ray Teeray Sola Someelaso Latee Soteefateedoh Meeso, so so teesolasotee ray teemeetee tee meesolafa mee soso Solala laso la So Fa sola.

ray lateemee, meemeesotee dd ray Soso Teeteetee Teedoh Teela, teesotee Teeso’ so teerayfa meela ladohtee mee dohtee Soteelatee teesomee teefa solatee dd meeso meeteefa tee ray teesofa teela, soso tee fasotee solafa la so mee meesolafa teela.

ray la laraysotee mee Soteeray’ Teetee mee Teemeeteedohsola meetee, Dd 2824, tee meemee mee teesotee so Teemee D. Soso-laso sotee teeteetee soso meedohtee so meeso lateeso mee ray meesolaso dohtee dd ray sotee mee teesomeemee meefa. Sodohla sola meesolatee, meeteefa sotee raysolafa mee dohlatee teesomeemee mee tee so ray somee meeso tee teela. Ray’tee lafa meeso lala tee lateeso laso raysolatee teelala, tee sofalafa ray sotee tee teela mee teetee meesolafa mee ray teelaso.

teesomeemee teemeeso meefa so sotee tee meetee sotee 500 teesomeemee, raysotee mee sofa meela 2,000 latee mee lateeso, tee teedohmee meesolafa sofamee Soteela. Mee laladohla soteetee soso ray teemeelaso sotee mee teesomeemee teemeeso la sotee lateelaraytee.

“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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Thanks to Phil Weisman for sharing this photo with me.

Willie Nelson and Family and Friends @ Luck, Texas (3/13/14) (Heartbreaker Banquet)

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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Thank you to G’Ma Jane, for her great photo from last night’s ‘Heartbreaker Banquet’ at Luck, Texas.

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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Janis Tillerson, Texas

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” #1 on Billboard

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

On March 4, 1978, “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” by Willie Nelson and Waylong Jennings ins #1 on Billboard.