As we careened up the harrowing Malibu roads with the PCH getting smaller in the distance and the Pacific Ocean reminding us how minuscule we are in this world, we climbed into a shuttle van to whisk up even higher to the enchanting home of designer Michael Lee and Gatsby Geerts.
Although at times one can feel tiny in sprawling Los Angeles, the intimate crowd was here to do big things, most importantly to support Project Angel Food, an organization I have become very familiar with in LA. This donation based organization provides free and nutritious meals for men and women struggling with critical and chronic illness, many who can’t leave their homes, have no family nearby, and are literally healing themselves with food. Since its creation in 1989, the agency has provided over 9 million meals to thousands of people too sick to shop and cook for themselves and in need of nutrition to survive.
Light shining through every open space and the massive window walls in this dreamy Malibu home made an airy light feel to this private fundraiser event benefitting Project Angel Food. I had a chance to connect with people on the board who told me how each meal is specifically planned and tailored to the person’s illness. Many people were there because of friends, such as Martin Sheen who had come along with his son and friends. Other interesting guests included LeAnn Rimes and her new husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, Ricky Schroder and his wife Andrea, Jane Seymour, and luxury Malibu real estate broker Madison Hildebrand.
The moving hour concert by pianist Andrew von Oeyen felt like an ode to my life, as I closed my eyes to listen to his passion play of countless tunes. I wondered how did I end up here with the sunset gleaming in my eyes, the gentle wind blowing, and my life actually flashing before me in some weird out of body experience. Was I being transfixed by the most captivating pianist of our generation? How could I be so lucky to be part of this beautiful moment in time? I watched as Andrew’s nimble fingers elegantly danced on the keys since I was seated right behind him. It brought back memories of my dad, and his countless hours on the piano. I thought about the lives that this special event would help.