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The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles
Presents Accessories for Success Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show

The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles Presents Accessories for Success
Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show


U-ee presents fashions by Lloyd Klein


Lloyd Klein, Joshua Johnson (U-ee Founder ) and the Ford models after the luncheon. Photo by:  Natasha Calzatti

LOS ANGELES, CA—The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles presented its annual Accessories for Success Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show featuring Lloyd Klein luxurious couture and ready-to-wear clothing, today, Friday, March 25, 2011 at The Beverly Hills Hotel.  Honorees included Nina Shaw, Partner at Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano, Excellence in Mentoring Award; NancyJane Goldston, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Blonde & The Brunette and Founder and CEO, The UXB, the Innovator Award; and BBBSLA Board Chair Nancy Taylor, the Sterling Award. Actress and author Elizabeth Berkley emceed. Guild members Anja Kloch, Anne Lepesant, Teri Simpson and Mary Willard were Luncheon Co-Chairs.

Joining couturier Lloyd Klein in the fashion presentation, produced by “The U-ee Organization…Showing Who In the World is Changing It,” were Dana Davis Shoes, Michael Hasse Hair Design, Charles Bracca for Sisely Cosmetics, Glynneth B. Jewelry and Ford models.  

Prior to the luncheon, an Accessories Boutique featured a fashionable array of select vendors donating a portion of proceeds from their sales to BBBSLA.  Featured were Classy Bag Lady, Jacqueline B, Keikico, Moonlite, Treasured Accessory, Over The Top, Shelley’s Closet, Bed Head, Colette Dutray, Seventh Street Designs, Suzanne Felsen, Park Vogel and Gourmet Blends, Accessor Eyes and M. Kantor fine jewelry.  

“We at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles are fortunate to have such extraordinary and dedicated supporters.  It is their commitment that enables us to provide life-changing support to children facing adversity in our community,” said Tiffany Siart, President and Chief Executive Officer of BBBSLA.  “We are honored to celebrate these remarkable women for their generosity, and myriad contributions to our community.”

Attorney Nina Shaw received the Excellence in Mentoring Award, presented to her by actress Tamala Jones.  A founding partner in Los Angeles’ Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Lezcano & Finklestein, Shaw has spent more than 20 years structuring lucrative contracts for a long list of celebrities, among them Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Fishburne and Cedric the Entertainer.  In 2005, Shaw received the Women in Film Crystal Award and has been named repeatedly in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100” and in 2010 was featured in that magazine’s “Top 100 Power Lawyers.”  She is a board member of The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs, a past board member of Planned Parenthood, and a Big Sister in The Hollywood Reporter/Big Brothers Big Sisters Women in Entertainment Mentoring Program.

NancyJane Goldston was the recipient of the Innovator Award. Her husband Mark and twin sons Ryan and Adam presented. As the Founder of, a style and beauty website, Goldston is Editor-in-Chief and Chief Branding Officer. is a member of the Stylecaster® premium content group.  Goldston is also the Founder and CEO of the award-winning advertising, branding and interactive agency, The UXB. She is a member of the International Academy of Visual Arts, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and The Metropolitan Museum’s Friends of the Costume Institute.  Goldston is a Board Member of Aviva Family and Children’s Services, a member of the Blue Ribbon and is active in numerous Los Angeles philanthropic efforts.

The Sterling Award was presented to BBBSLA Board Chair Nancy Taylor by Guild President Sandy Bilson. Taylor is the former Region Group Vice President for Jack in the Box, leading three West Coast regions with more than 375 restaurants.  While successful in business, she has consistently given back to the community.  Whether working with community land management groups, assisting in feeding the homeless, volunteering on task forces for the Humane Society or working with Big Brothers Big Sisters, she understands the necessity to enhance the community.  Taylor has been an active Board of Director for BBBSLA for 10 years and has served as Board Chair since 2009.

A highlight of the afternoon was the introduction of “little sister Sonia,” by Entertainment Tonight’s style expert, Anya Sarre. Linda Bell Blue, ET’s Executive Producer, has been “Big Sister” to Sonia and Sarre has taken on the roll of Deputy “Big Sister” for the teenager who spoke movingly about how BBBS had positively impacted her life.   

The Guild was founded in 1986 and is dedicated to promoting awareness and raising financial support for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.  A volunteer group comprised of prominent women from the community, The Guild has raised over $8 million to support the one-to-one mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  In addition to the Accessories for Success Spring Luncheon, The Guild hosts its primary fundraising event, The Big Bash, Rising Stars Gala, which will be held this year on October 28th.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

For more than 55 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles makes meaningful, monitored matches between Bigs and Littles, ages 6 through 18.  Providing a system of ongoing evaluation and support, Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that Littles will perform better in school, avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents.  Change a perspective.  Change a life.  Start something today:  Go to



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