Malibu Seen: Hollyrod swinging

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Local Holly Robinson Peete is pretty in pink as she hosts a fundraising bash at a private estate in Malibu. 

Actress and television personality Holly Robinson Peete, along with the whole Peete family, hosted the 15th annual DesignCare gala at a private estate in Malibu. The sun-splashed celebration of fabulous fashion, philanthropy and music benefits the Peetes’ HollyRod Foundation. 

In keeping with tradition, the evening began before sundown, with a scrumptious backyard barbecue with all the fixings. 

Between sips of ice tea, lemonade and chardonnay, guests put down their bids on silent auction items, which featured must-haves and take-me-homes from A to Z. 

Peete’s guests included Regina King of “Our Family Wedding,” Garcelle Beauvais of “Franklin and Bash,” “King Of Queens” cutie Leah Remini, sports legend and former NBA All- Star Magic Johnson, funnyman Cedric The Entertainer and “Kill Bill’s” Vivica A. Fox, among many other familiar faces. 

As the sun set, guests settled in for the action of a live auction, a musical performance by Grammy Award-winning R&B recording artist Ne-Yo and a runway fashion show by Rubin Singer. The flashy runway extravaganza also featured red carpet-worthy bling from Samira 13 Fine Jewelry. 

This year’s honorees were also on board. They included Tisha Campbell-Martin, who received the HollyRod “AUsome” Mother of the Year Award; Jordan Pattillo, who got the HollyRod4Kids Champion Award; Jim Mitchell, CEO of FUHU, Inc., who landed the HollyRod Corporate Compassion Award; John Ball, who received the Matthew T. Robinson Jr. Award of Courage, and Michael Strautmanis, who picked up the HollyRod Advocacy Hero Award. 

The HollyRod Foundation was founded in 1997 by Peete and NFL quarterback Rodney Peete. The foundation is dedicated to providing help and hope to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease. It works to provide a better quality of life through support and resources for individuals and their families. So hats off to the Peetes for doing so much good for so many.