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One World Foundation (

www.oneworld-foundation.org) a charitable foundation dedicated to providing education and opportunity for children throughout the developing world, has partnered with the Baan Unrak Children’s Village of Thailand.

Baan Unrak, a
“children’s home” and safe haven, began more than two decades ago when founder Did Ananda Devamala found and began to care for an abandoned child in the jungle bordering
Myanmar and Thailand. Today Baan Unrak provides shelter, food, education, and a warm and loving home to nearly 150 children. In a region where children and teenagers are at great risk for abuse and victimization through human trafficking, Baan Unrak provides not only safety, but opportunity through education as well.

Its greatest challenge is funding, and to address this need, Baan Unrak Children
’s Village has established a weaving center to create a line of high quality clothing with both a fashionable flair and a heart: the Baan Unrak Conscious Collection. The One World Foundation sponsored a contest among US fashion schools to redesign the traditional Thai fisherman’s pants, and the outcome are the SŪK pants, a unique and versatile pair of yoga style pants that fit a wide range of lifestyles.

One World Foundation will be unveiling this project for the first time at the GBK Celebrity Suites, during Fashion Week in
New York, and at the Emmy Suites in LA.

The long-term goal of the One World Foundation
’s partnership with the Baan Unrak weaving center is to make it financially independent and profitable. In addition to helping develop the Baan Unrak Conscious Collection product line, One World Foundation is seeking $70,000 to provide essential improvements to the weaving center’s infrastructure, including housing and storage facilities for equipment and raw materials. In doing so, One World Foundation hopes to not only assist Baan Unrak itself in becoming independent, but also provide jobs for local mothers, thus helping create an environment that protects family stability. With these goals in mind, One World Foundation hopes to help Baan Unrak become a vital, financially independent center for the care and education of at-risk children –the world’s greatest hope for the future.

About the One World Foundation:
One World Foundation was founded by Christian and Stephanie Drapeau. Christian, a research scientist with a background in stem-cell research, and his wife Stephanie, who is a successful actor with over 20 films to her credit, founded One World Foundation in 2007, whose mission
“is to foster harmony among people of all classes . . . and empower children to become active citizens of the world.



Fashion Week Celebrities, Stylists and Designers Flock to the GBK Gift Lounge for Great Gifts and a Great Cause

Left: Cast of "Shark Tank" Right: Former Cast Members of "Project Runway"


In honor of New York Fashion Week, GBK hosted a Luxury Gift and Styling Lounge on September 6th and 7th at the exclusive Empire Hotel steps away from the Fashion Week festivities at Lincoln Center. Celebrity and VIP guests made time between shows to visit the GBK Lounge. Some of this year's guests include: Sherri Shepherd ("The View") Angela Simmons ("Pastry" Shoes / "Run's House"), Katrina Bowden ("30 Rock"), Countess LuAnn de Lesseps ("The Real Housewives New York"), Mark Cuban and the cast of ("Shark Tank"), Gordana Gelhausen, Mondo Guerra, Seth Aaron Henderson, Valerie Magen all from ("Project Runway"), Paul Sparks, HBO's ("Boardwalk Empire") Jennifer Ashton, ABC's ("The Revolution") Tamara Tunie, NBC's( "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") Olivia Culpo- Miss USA, Leila Lopes- Miss Universe, Jana Kramer CW's ("One Tree Hill"), Nasim Pedrad ("Saturday Night Live") and Fashion Designer Walter Baker who snuck over to the lounge for a little indulgence after his show.

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GBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, spoiled guests with luxury gift bags and beauty services during the two-day event. The lounge was styled with the artistic fresh floral artwork of Flowers of the World, and electric violinist Sarah Charness kept the mood upbeat with her eclectic mix and unique style. Celebrity guests enjoyed gourmet bites from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company and See Jane Bake, while sampling signature cocktails from Brugal Extra Dry Rum, the pride of the Dominican Republic as the only 100% Dominican rum, and Wine Chateau, one of the most experienced wine retailers online offering a vast selection of wines from around the world. Complimentary beauty services were offered, including makeup applications from Presenting Sponsor Hard Candy, and nail designs Nail designs by imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails.

GBK's VIP guests indulged in a selection of goodies and luxury lifestyle brands including Presenting Sponsor Pilot Pen, known for offering superlative writing instruments renowned for quality, performance, cutting-edge technology and consumer satisfaction; Scunci; Tweezerman, The Beauty Tool Experts; Izlla, eco-luxury face and body products; G Wear, unique recycled fashion shirts; New York City Cosmetic and General Dentistry; Baan Unrak Conscious Collection : SUK pants, hand woven pants by Thai locals and mothers of Baan Unrak – a community in Thailand that cares for 150 children from difficult backgrounds; MODAY, sexy, classy contemporary slips and camisoles; RevitaLash, Beyond the Rack, North America's premier online shopping club; Jada Toys, Inc; Caribbean Living Magazine, gifting each celebrity a one-week stay in the Caribbean; Xela Fashion; Kspin Designs - a Children's Couture Clothing Company; Misahara Jewelry, inspired by world travel and featuring quality gem stones; Hot Rock Jewelry.com; a watch collection by Marc Coblen - an innovative, new fashion brand that boasts over 40,000 style combinations all in one watch; handbags from Katherine Kwei; and BLINKZGEAR, Urban+Life Messenger Bags

Remaining true to GBK's foundational belief of giving back, this year's Fashion Lounge benefited Dress for Success Worldwide, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. For more information, please visit www.dressforsuccess.org.



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2016 The Film You Need to See!


"2016: Obama’s America" – by author and scholar Dinesh D’Souza and award-winning film director John Sullivan peaked during the Republican National Convention which was held last week in Tampa, Florida.


Following the GOP Convention, the movie has started tapering off in views but is expected to maintain its currently strong level of viewings as the presidential election nears. The focus on the Republican Party was obviously a huge boost for the movie and put movie-goers’ interests on the movie’s topic - President Barack Obama’s personal past as well as his current influence on America as its president.



Though the movie took in $500k above reported estimates, the film slipped to number 9 on the domestic box-office chart following the RNC.

The movie still holds the distinction of having become the most-viewed documentary of 2012, surpassing “Bully”, as well as the all-time most-viewed conservative documentary.

The movie expanded to 1,747 theaters due to the movie’s popularity just before and during the Republican National Convention. It is unlikely the distributor, Rocky Moutain Pictures, will expand to more theaters now that viewing has subsided 14% in viewings.

There has reportedly been a consistent problem with movie-goers satisfactorily finding venues and times in which the movie is playing in their areas in the recent past. Unlike most movies, "2016: Obama's America" opened up in Houston at one theater - not in Hollywood. Getting press and decent reactions to the movie in the press has also been a challenge. Yet, the movie has been extremely successful and continues to be sought after by many Americans.

Fandango.com is one web site that assists people with finding the viewing possibilities of the movie in their areas of the country.

The movie is based on Dinesh D’Souza’s book, ”The Roots of Obama’s Rage”.

The primary source of this article is 2016themovie.

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