George Khalife, also known as George the Jeweler, literally shut down Mandaloun Bistro on Sunday night when he hosted The Pink Carpet Gala, benefiting the American Cancer Society and the Real Men Wear Pink campaign, for nearly 300 people at the posh Bingham Farms restaurant that specializes in Lebanese cuisine.

Decor for the party offered touches of pink, including a massive inflatable pink chair at the entrance, where guests were greeted with an energetic team of paparazzi. Inside, there were specialty cocktails, Zim’s Vodka, and food from local restaurants, including Adachi, Prime 29, Mex and Mandaloun Bistro, which offered silver trays filled with its signature sautéed chicken wings. There was a silent auction, a raffle and a brief program emceed by Los Angeles recording artist Symon.

One of the highlights of the evening was the appearance of singer/actress Christina Milian, who happens to be Khalife’s best friend and business partner in House of Fine Gold. Milian, dressed in a black velvet and crepe de chine gown, graciously signed autographs and took selfies all night.

“This event has been on my radar ever since George first mentioned it six months ago,” Milian said. “It’s a great cause. George has a way of reaching all kinds of people, and I wanted to support him. Cancer affects everyone. We have to raise awareness. We have to fight this together.”

During the program, Khalife and Milian also took time to honor one of the attendees, their friend Sandy Parikh, who is currently battling cancer.

“It’s so important to give back and to take care of each other,” Khalife said. “I’m proud of my friends for dressing up and coming out on a Sunday night to support this cause and event.”

Tickets were $250 VIP and $150 general admission. Proceeds will benefit the efforts of the distinguished group of community leaders, known as Real Men Wear Pink, who are determined to raise awareness and money to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to save more lives from breast cancer. To date, this year’s campaign has raised more than $45,000 toward its $100,000 goal.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of and hosts “Happy Hour” Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m. on 910AM Superstation.


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