“Gold Meets Golden” Welcomes In the New Decade With New Hosts, New Home, And Pure Gold For Seventh-Annual Event Benefiting Angel City Sports

By January 2, 2020 January 6th, 2020 Newsroom
Gold Meets Golden

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Jon Voight, Sistine Stallone, Billy Porter and Cynthia Erivo

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Nadia Comaneci, Kristi Yamaguchi, Monica Seles, Greg Louganis, Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Christian Yelich, Laila Ali, Roderick Townsend, Mark Spitz, Kerri Walsh-Jennings, Ian Thorpe
Ibtihaj Muhammad, Bart Conner, Katelyn Ohashi, Paul Rabil, Phaidra Knight, Delilah Muhammad David Wagner, Dana Mathewson, Steven Langton, John Naber and more

for a Special Celebration at Virginia Robinson Gardens and Estate on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 20, 2019) – Hollywood has long been inspired by the sports industry and vice versa, but rarely do these two worlds have the chance to mix and mingle. On Saturday, January 4, 2020, Los Angeles will welcome some of the greatest athletes from across the world to celebrate during one of the year’s most Golden weekends, and as a landmark first event of the new decade. The seventh anniversary event will see Hollywood wish good luck to the athletes of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, who will begin competing six months later. Gold Meets Golden benefits Angel City Sports, a Los Angeles organization that fosters young athletes with disabilities with the resources, coaching and equipment they need to train as future adaptive Paralympic hopefuls.

“Gold Meets Golden 2020” will be presented by The Coca-Cola Company, the longest continuous corporate partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“As we get closer to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, we’re thrilled to continue the tradition of bringing our storied Olympic partnership to life in an event that showcases what The Coca-Cola Company stands for– refreshing the world with our beloved brands for a better shared future.“ said Dina Gerson, director, Olympic Marketing, Coca-Cola North America. Additional details on how Coca-Cola will support the Olympic and Paralympic Games can be found at: www.coca-cola.com/theOlympics

The special occasion will take place at the historic Virginia Robinson Gardens. Known as the “first estate of Beverly Hills,” this sprawling landscape provides a perfect new setting for the party, which will be adorned with elements of gold and various Japanese influences.

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A special display of Olympic torches and mascots from the past Los Angeles, Japan and France games will greet guests upon entry, provided by the LA84 Foundation, a nationally recognized leader in support of youth sport programs and public education about the role of sports in positive youth development. As a legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games, LA84 seeks to provide an opportunity for every child to participate in sports, and to improve social, academic, and health outcomes of youth. Since it began operations in 1985 with 40% of the surplus from the 1984 Olympic Games, it has invested more than $230 million back into the communities that supported the Games, supporting more than 3 million youth in eight Southern California counties.

Beverly Hills BMW, a premier dealership known across the world for superior service and hospitality, is proud to partner with Gold Meets Golden for the second year, in support of athletes of all types. BMW will showcase the new specialty Golden 8 Series, exclusively crafted for Gold Meets Golden, and VIP guests will be arriving in the Ultimate Driving Machines, BMW SUV’s and sedans. The brand will also display innovative equipment, including the BMW-designed medal-winning Bobsled.

Popular global shopping marketplace FASHWIRE < www.fashwire.com/ > will champion a new Styling Lounge at the event, helping Hollywood celebrity, athlete and adaptive athlete attendees alike to look and feel their best throughout the Awards Weekend.

TONAL, < www.TONAL.com/ > a strength-training system powered by electromagnetism resistance technology and machine learning, lets users get ripped and in shape without having to go to the gym. As the world’s most intelligent home gym, TONAL gives everyone the chance to be their strongest, and will be giving demonstrations to all types of athletes and para-atheltes at Gold Meets Golden. Tequila Herradura, the world’s most GOLD-medal awarded Tequila, will provide custom libations for guests including a signature Golden Guava Margarita with edible gold flakes, along with some custom lawn games to invoke the spirit of healthy competition. Celebrating the new natural garden venue, a plethora of custom golden rose arrangements will adorn various locations throughout the party, designed and provided by renowned celebrity floral company J’Adore Les Fleurs (JLF) < www.jadorelesfleurs.com/ >. The JLF Everlasting Rose arrangements, known for lasting up to a year, will be gifted to attending celebrities upon departure.

Squar Milner, < www.squarmiler.com > , one of the nation’s 50 top accounting firms a well as one of the largest independent accounting and advisory firms in California, is the official accounting partner for Gold Meets Golden. The team created a culture of trust, respect, and interdependence, with many moving parts for the sponsored benefit, and will be on hand at this year’s event.

Carrying a traditional torch for the event ignited by past vocal performances of LA LA Land’s “City of Stars,” Keala Settle’s “This is Me” from the Greatest Showman, and Billy Porter’s rendition of “Shallow” from A Star is Born, which all won Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song. This year’s Gold Meets Golden stage will be occupied by double Golden-Globe nominee Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, The Color Purple). A second special performance will feature The X-Factor’s Emmanuel Kelly, who will honor the Paralympic community with an inspiring song and surprise guest. (Kelly’s brother is a record-holder Paralympic swimmer for Australia).

With the recent announcement of the Olympics and Paralympics return to Los Angeles in 2028, Hollywood has been handed a fresh dose of Olympic Fever. While last year’s Gold Meets Golden celebrated the past, the 2020 soiree will look toward the future by celebrating Youth and Equality in Sports. The event will benefit Angel City Sports, an LA-based adaptive sports organization that provides access to needed equipment, coaching and training for aspiring young Paralympic hopefuls, and produces an annual competition for athletes with physical disabilities, the Angel City Games presented by The Hartford . See www.AngelCitySports.org for more info on this year’s beneficiary. A demonstration of the wheelchair Tennis sport will take place on the estate’s court, featuring Paralympic champions, Angel City Sports youth, and celebrities trying out what it’s like to attempt tennis from a chair.

The concept for the daytime brunch began when athletes at the Olympic Games London 2012 were surprised by shout-outs from their favorite Hollywood celebrities, and several of those athletes were invited to Hollywood Awards season. The outcome was “Gold Meets Golden” – a chance for Gold Medalists and other athletes to engage with some of entertainment’s best award nominees, and realize how much they inspire one another. The 2013 inaugural ‘GMG’ was hosted by sports-loving celebrities Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Jon Bon Jovi and Stacy Keibler, who welcomed legendary sports names Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, John Naber, Gabby Douglas, Missy Franklin, Kerri Walsh-Jennings, Nathan Adrian, Natalie Coughlin, Evan Lysacek and Alyson Felix.

Over the years, the growing event has been attended by a variety of television, film and music stars such as Kerry Washington, Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Chris Evans, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams, Matthew McConaughey, Ricky Martin, Matt Bomer, Octavia Spencer, Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Naomi Campbell, Gina Rodriguez, Maria Shriver, James Franco, Katie Holmes, Armie Hammer, Seth Meyers, Christian Slater, Billy Porter, Ryan Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Gillian Anderson and Hayden Panettiere. They have been joined by athletes from almost all sporting disciplines: Simone Biles, Apolo Anton Ohno, Billie Jean King, Ashton Eaton, Mary Lou Retton, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis, Terrell Owens, Mark Spitz, Edwin Moses, Adam Rippon, Michelle Kwan, Alex & Maia Shibutani, Rashad Jennings, Meryl Davis, Aly Raisman, Greg Louganis, Caitlyn Jenner, Nastia Liukin, Mirai Nagasu, Tatyana McFadden, Amy Purdy, Candace Cable, Gracie Gold, Sasha Cohen, Danell Leyva, Jake Dalton, Bonnie Blair, Dan Jansen, Misty May-Treanor, Al Joyner, Lolo Jones, Ashley Wagner and Jason Collins.

Hollywood and the Olympic Games have had a long and successful history of intersection. Popular films such as “Chariots of Fire,” “Cool Runnings,” “Miracle,” “Blades of Glory,” “Ali,” “International Velvet,” “The Cutting Edge,” “Unbroken,” “Race,” “Eddie the Eagle,” “I, Tonya” and the current “Richard Jewell” have all featured the Olympic Games as their backdrop. A special tribute reel will feature content of these favorite silver screen scenes throughout the years.