I am so proud of my incredible husband and for my family to celebrate their businesses, StockCross, along with Gebbia Custom Estates, Rival Sports, and Park Wilshire Insurance having such a positive presence in Beverly Hills. Celebrating 40 years is huge, especially for a family run company. Shockingly they still love one another after working so close together. Although I have chased both my brothers-in-law around the office, they truly are like my real brothers, as my mother-in-law and father-in-law are like family. My father-in-law is such an amazing man and one whom I truly have such respect for.
Here's a little history about David's father: His mother and father were Sicilian Immigrants who came over on the Saturina in 1949 and arrived at Ellis Island. They wanted a better life for their two children. My father-in-law started with nothing and had a vision. My hubby David and his two brothers Richie and John were first generation Sicilian Americans born in Brooklyn New York. In 1992 the family bought their first Beverly Hills business and David moved to Beverly Hills. Now, as a family, they have all provided an incredible legacy for their children and grandchildren. Because of their unity and hearts, the business is the success it is today. Now we are present in 14 cities nationwide, and some employees have been with us for 20 and 30 years. It's a huge testament to what an incredible family they are. They've always made it about their employees and their clients. There is so much to be said for family hands on businesses especially in such a corporate world.
It was important for us to celebrate this huge milestone. Having such a great presence in Beverly Hills for the last 20 years we wanted to say "thank you" to our clients. Alex Stettinski from the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce was so supportive and instrumental in helping make this amazing celebration materialize into the successful night that it was with over 1000 clients, business owners, celebrities, friends, and family turning out! Unfortunately you did not get to see the gorgeous exotic cars. I had my eye on the new Lamborghini! We had restaurants such as Crustaceans, Bouchon, Nicks Martini Bar, Calavera Tequila, and Deep Eddie Vodka set up their fantastic areas. It looked spectacular. Plus the amazing live band London Cries performed. It truly was an amazing and successful night.
I love working with my husband we have such great chemistry. Helping my family orchestrate this huge affair was soooo fun. Eric Tassel who is not our event coordinator but is our corporate service director did a phenomenal job too. We all work really well together and got really silly in the process.
I will admit it was really hard to watch myself get emotional and remember my own personal experience with prejudice and hate. Some may not think that being called anti-Semitic is not devastating to hear -- but I was fourteen years old when I moved to South Africa. I understand hate. I had friends before I left England who were black so when I moved to this land foreign to me at such a pinnacle age of my life it was a major culture shock. I couldn't have black friends and it made no sense whatsoever to me. I didn't understand apartheid and nor did I adhere to it. I was really harassed for that. I was at an all white public school, and when I was 14 and I had to do a paper on Evil World leaders. My paper was on the Holocaust and the evil horrific atrocities, the systematic extermination and ethnic cleansing of millions of Jewish people and the millions who were not Caucasian. I spent days in the library doing the research, and I will never ever forget the gruesome photos of the ovens, the rulers to measure nose size, the trucks with the gas sprinklers, and all the death and pure evil I read about still to this day. That's pure hate. So to be called such a hateful name by someone who is so reckless with a word that should have meaning to her but who obviously has no respect and understanding for her adopted faith is shocking and gut wrenching. That's why it affected me so deeply.
Speaking with Lisa about the whole Kyle ordeal was painful again, but after explaining I knew she saw my point of view. I definitely think Lisa was absolutely right about Kyle after watching the flashbacks from last year. And now Kyle keeps speaking negatively about Lisa behind her back at every opportunity she has, then smiles to her face. But Lisa consistently defends Kyle to me. As if I didn't have enough reasons to dislike her. I personally know Lisa to be a wonderful soul, certainly not mean or manipulating, and she always seems to be the voice of reason. I don't like watching some of the women starting to talk negatively about her. That has not been my experience with her at all.
Just to be very clear here Kyle you were "never" invited to my husband and family's business celebration. Reality check.
I adore Brandi but with all due respect she called it wrong. Brandi wasn't actually there when she hurled the defamatory anti-Semitic lie. So, no I strongly disagree with that. Also she has had first hand experience and repercussions with false accusations being called a racist. There has to be consequences for people that just throw out dangerous and baseless lies and then pathetically apologize like it's no big deal.
Lisa looked stunning for her magazine cover shoot, and congratulations to Yolanda on becoming an American citizen. It's the best feeling especially when we do consider America home.