Classy Lisa Vanderpump of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills hosted the kickoff celebration of the American Humane Association’s “Hero Dog Awards.” The kickoff cocktail reception at the Vanderpump’s hip, swanky West Hollywood SUR Lounge took place this past Wednesday, March 12.
The event was buzzing with delicious food bites and incredible pet named cocktails. Many furry friends showed up too, like Vanderpump’s prized pup Gigi Vanderpump who was a star posing with everyone imaginable. Even the dog from Modern Family had his own actor’s posing chair.
The Lounge was packed with so many fun guests, from Candy Spelling to Todd Krim from GiveBackHollywood, to Joanna Krupa from Real Housewives of Miami to E!’s Ashlan Gorse. The Hero Dog Awards will take place in September.
As a freelance travel and food writer, Melissa's articles have been published on AAA World Magazine, Lonely Planet, Zagat Stories, Roadtrippers, Canadian Traveller, Business Insider, MoneyInc, Resident Magazine (NYC), JohnnyJet, Heart of the Hotel, World Footprints, and many more. Some of her favorite travel articles can be found in Darling Magazine. She also writes for local print magazines such as SoCal Life Magazine, Malibu Coast Lifestyle Magazine, Conejo Valley Lifestyle Magazine, LA Travel Magazine, and LA Downtowner. Her love of adventure and learning was fueled while traveling around the world at age 20 on Semester at Sea. She received a Master's degree in Education, taught in England on a Fulbright scholarship, and has been an educator for over 20 years. Over the last decade, she has worked with high-profile families in the Los Angeles area.
After growing up in Connecticut and a decade in Washington, DC, west coast living has won her over. Living in LA for the last 15 years has brought Melissa so much joy - thus why LaLaScoop was born. A desire to cover and discover the Best of LA became a shared passion that expanded to numerous guest writers bringing the 'LaLaScoop. Besides writing and helping children learn on Zoom during the pandemic, Melissa spends her free time seeking out the next adventure, savoring the Malibu coastline, discovering new hikes, and looking for unique finds for her new Palm Springs home. Contact her at Melissa@lalascoop.com.
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