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By Preity Upala
Observer Staff Writer 

Sue Wong Academy puts on Magical Oscar Awards Gala in Hollywood.

A magical night of arts, culture, celebration, spirituality and of course film! A

 

February 19, 2020

Marcia Gay Harden with featuring brand Artisanal group

This year's Oscar season saw an incredible array of fabulous galas and viewing parties around tinsel town. Perhaps the most unique of them all was the Sue Wong Oscar Gala held on February 9th at the Tagylan Cultural center in Hollywood. It was a magical night of arts, culture, celebration, spirituality and of course film!

A truly unique evening, it had it all- Art, Film, Fashion, Beauty and spirituality. A carefully selected list of guests from the Entertainment and fashion industries were brought together to enjoy this magical evening. A wonderful red carpet with some top media outlets presiding was walked and enjoyed by the celebrities.

Some of the Celebrity guests that they have graced us with their presence included Christine Devine (Fox 11 News), Nigel Daly (OBE), Scott Page (Pink Floyd), Chris Pitman (Guns & Roses), Kelly Hu (Miss Hawaii USA 1993), Larry Namer (Founder, E! Entertainment), Ronn Moss (Actor/Musician), Larry Dunn (Earth, Wind & Fire), Vincent M Ward (The Walking Dead), Mike Ferguson (Birds of Prey), Twana Barnett (Pro Wrestler), Michael Coulombe (Writer/Director), Shi Yongxin (Grand Venerable Abbot of the Shaolin Temple), Amanda Eliasch (English Photographer/Filmmaker), George Blodwell (Stylist), Michael Jai White (Action Star), and more.

The guests were treated to a lavish 4-course dinner, delectable wines and cocktails, incredible entertainment and an awe-inspiring fashion show. One of the most unique parts of the gala was a spectacular martial arts showcase put on by the Shaolin Temple monks along with female drummers who really mesmerized the entire ballroom.

One of the celebrity guests for the evening, Scott Page who is the saxophonist and rhythm guitarist for pink Floyd remarked: "What a night to remember," "The fashion, location, entertainment, and atmosphere brought people together on Oscar night in a way that no one else could. Sue Wong is a host unlike any other!" Many who thoroughly enjoyed the evening echoed this sentiment.

As the guests watched the glorious coverage of the Oscar award ceremony, there was also a presentation of the Icon Awards to a few very special people. Some of these included Project Angel Food's CEO Richard Ayoub who was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year award, as well as Christine Devine with the Broadcast Icon Award and Nigel Daly with the British Icon Award. A great moment to acknowledge the contribution of these wonderful souls.

Oscar Award nominee, Cicely Tyson with D&D Dapper and Dashing

The host Sue Wong was the first American designer credited with bringing Haute Couture looks to the masses at affordable prices, therefore launching and solidifying her reputation as the Everywoman's Couturier. Spread throughout more than 27 countries globally, Sue Wong fashion is the number one source for evening fashion, proving the signature style is beloved worldwide and appreciated by women all over the world.

The great cause that this evening supported was Project Angel cooks and delivers over 600,000 nutritious meals each year, free of charge, to the homes of men, women, and children affected by life-threatening illnesses. Since 1989, we have served over 12 million meals to more than 20,000 people.

This was the first Gala from Sue Wong and the guests were treated to a night of fashion, soul, and beauty magic and thoroughly enjoyed by all. We have no doubt that this will not be her last Gala and we look forward to taking you on a experience of her next event.

 

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