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Martin Sheen, Nigel Lythgoe – Celebs speak from the heart at The Friendly House Awards!

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It was a little over a year ago when we got the news that superstar singer/actress Whitney Houston had passed on. The official Medical Examiner’s report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. Her death occurred the night before the 2012 Grammy Awards while preparations were being made for a swanky party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The entertainment industry was saddened as were her legions of fans. This heart break was about a beautiful woman and a great talent whose life ended way too soon and so tragically. Whispers of drug and alcohol abuse tainted her memory. RIP Whitney!

Contrast that to today in 2013. I stood once again at that same Beverly Hilton Hotel. The red carpet was set and lights were flashing for yet another Hollywood glamorous event. However, I couldn’t help but think of that night when Whitney died. This time it was different. Oh sure the hotel was swarming with celebrities and corporate tycoons. Everyone knows the entertainment industry loves a good party. However, now the whispers of drug and alcohol abuse turned to praises of the JOY of drug and alcohol abuse RECOVERY.  Let me tell you about The Friendly House LA and how the 24th Annual Awards Luncheon celebrates people who inspire, save lives and create positive change!

Your little Cyndi Sleuth was there…………….Psssssst! Come with me!

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Friendly House Los Angeles is the first home in the country for women recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. The more I learned about this organization and the people involved, the more I wanted to share their great cause with you. I indeed feel privileged to have taken part in this amazing event.

Friendly House is considered an excellent model for recovery homes in the United States and Europe. The organization has treated thousands of women with a success rate of 76% compared to the hospital average of 35%. Friendly House is solely supported by private donations and grants and by the fundraising efforts of the Board of Directors, Grateful Hearts (former residents of Friendly House).  These people are amazing and deserve the recognition. The afternoon was indeed special.

The renowned Martin Sheen (The West Wing, Wall Street) showed up in support of his good friend Earl Hightower of Hightower Associates. Earl received Friendly House’s “Excellence in Service” award. For nearly thirty years Earl has worked on the front lines of addiction treatment as a professional interventionist. This man is highly regarded on an international level. He has conducted over 2000 interventions and now instructs and supervises qualified individuals on the art of intervention. His unique perspective on behavioral health intervention helped him to recognize the greatest gap in addiction services is during the first 60 days post residential treatment, causing patients to relapse. As a result, the focus of Hightower’s work has been to develop systems and strategies that support his clients in their goal of achieving a lasting connection to recovery.

Below is a photo of Earl Hightower posing on the carpet with his well deserved award followed by a shot of Martin Sheen giving accolades to Earl during the luncheon. (Photos by Vince Bucci) 102613_030 (427x640)

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Below is a shot of Martin Sheen (l), me (c) and Earl Hightower (r) sharing my Cyndi’s Secrets.

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Lest you think the evening was all serious stuff – think again? Please enjoy the cool interview I had with both Martin and Earl on the red carpet. These two guys are FUN and INSPIRING. This is one of the most touching My Cyndi’s Secrets® interviews from the heart I ever had. Shhhh! Click the video link:

Viola Davis and media mogul Sumner Redstone (pictured below) served as Honorary co-chairs. Peggy Albrecht and Michael Hollingsworth co-chaired. (Photo by Vince Bucci)

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Shhhh! Here are a few Cyndi Sneak peek photos behind the scenes “before” the event as the Paparazzi sets up followed by an overview shot of the red carpet “during” the event!

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Renowned philanthropist and CEO of Rich Hippie Productions, Sydney Holland was presented the “Woman of the Year” award. Holland has been an advocate and active supporter of Friendly House LA for years as well as many other major charities.  She serves as Executive Producer on her companies first feature length film helmed by celebrated indie director Michael Polish, starring Kate Bosworth and Wes Bentley. Holland also Co-Executive Produced alongside Morgan Spurlock and Nigel Lythgoe the documentary film Dancing in Jaffa, to be theatrically released in early 2014.

Below is shot of the lovely Sydney Holland on the red carpet followed by a shot of Nigel Lythgoe. (Photos by Vince Bucci)

102613_039 (427x640)102613_046 (427x640) I had the opportunity to spend some time chatting with Nigel Lythgoe. See photo below.

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Nigel came to the event in support of his friend Sydney Holland. Many people know Nigel from his role as the popular judge on “So You Think You Can Dance”. However, Nigel is even cooler in person. Find out about his interesting background and of course listen to him share, My Cyndi’s Secrets – Shhhh! ™ Click the video link:

On a fun note -The Beverly Hilton Hotel is famous for its celebrity clientele and rich Hollywood History. At any given moment in time you can find flashbulbs going off. I feel that I fit right in the photo below. LOL! What do you think? 😉 IMG_5399 (480x640)



















Another celebrated man of the night is Winn Claybaugh pictured on the carpet in the next photo. (Photo by Vince Bucci) 102613_014 (427x640)



If you don’t know the name Winn Claybaugh – you should! He was presented the “Humanitarian of the Year “award. He is the founder and co-owner of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s schools. Today, over 100 Paul Mitchell Schools inspire confidence and success by providing opportunities for students to develop their skills while exploring their creative and professional possibilities. Claybaugh is also the author of  Be Nice (Or Else!), the best –selling book that outlines the culture and philosophy  practiced by every Paul Mitchell School. As a speaker, consultant and facilitator of thousands of seminars, he has helped countless businesses build their brands and create healthy, safe, and loving workplace cultures. A self taught entrepreneur, his successful business model became the new industry standard that restored integrity in the beauty school industry. Under his leadership, the Paul Mitchell Schools annual “FUNraising” campaign has raised over $11.2 million for numerous charitable organizations.

OMG – Winn truly is a “WINN-er” in my book! Here is a shot of Winn & me at the event .Winn Claybaugh (640x480)


Please enjoy my interview with Winn. I was most struck by his humbleness.  You also have to find out why he playfully said, “Who’s Your Daddy?” tee hee! Click the link:

Winn Claybaugh was presented his award by Carrie White. She is a celebrity hairdresser and bestselling author of the book, “Upper Cut”.  I had a delightful conversation with this ageless and beautiful  hair rock star.  Click the video link below for our fun interview. Shhhh!

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Actress Jennifer Bassey (Grey’s Anatomy) graced the Friendly House event with her presence.  I pose with her in the next photo.IMG_5391 (640x480)







Gorgeous Katherine Bailess (VH1’s Hit the Floor) added her support to this great cause. Here we pose together.Katherine Bailess (640x480)





Please enjoy our fun interview.

Taking a moment for myself at the Beverly Hilton, I pose in front of the pool. Ok – I’m really thinking, “hmmm – I wish I was in my swimsuit!” LOL! IMG_5397 (640x480)

Friendly House Board of Directors President, Bill Cunningham spoke at the event followed by Friendly House Executive Director Peggy Albrecht.  I was blessed to spend some time chatting with this awe-inspiring woman. Albrecht has first-hand knowledge of what it is like to rise from the depths of alcoholism. Her own sobriety began over 42 years ago. Through tenacity, hard work and sobriety she has devoted her life to the service of others. “I have seen thousands of women come in and out of our facilities doors. I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to watch so many of our former residents building happy, successful lives knowing that we had a part in constructing their foundation”, said Albrecht. “Our organization is blessed to have such extraordinary and dedicated supporters. We are honored to celebrate each of these remarkable individuals for their generosity, commitment and myriad contributions to our community.”

Following is my interview with the gracious Peggy Albrecht. She sincerely touched my heart with her passion for this cause. Please click the link for our interview:

God bless you Peggy Albrecht and all the good people who made the Friendly House Awards Luncheon such a huge success! Thanks for showing My Cyndi’s Secrets® members the “good” side of Hollywood. I say, share the JOY! To learn more visit www.FriendlyHouseLA.org

And until next time……….Strut your stuff on the red carpet of life! Shhhh!

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Life is too short so I say – InJOY!

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Cyndi Targosz

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11 Responses to "Martin Sheen, Nigel Lythgoe – Celebs speak from the heart at The Friendly House Awards!"

  1. frannie34 says:

    You always do so many exciting things. great story and a great organization.

    1. Cyndi Targosz says:

      Hi frannie34. thanks so much for your feedback. I truly am blessed to be able to meet so many wonderful people and to have so many great experiences. It is my privilege to share this newswith wonderful My Cyndi’s Secrets members like you. Shhhh! have a blessed day! 🙂

  2. Kasey says:

    U R lookin’ good, Cyndi, in those leopard print accents. A fitting outfit for all those flashbulbs!! LOL.

    Great event and a much needed program. Let’s hope their successful model is picked up nationwide AND worldwide for that matter. Thanks for the peek inside, as usual.

    1. Cyndi Targosz says:

      Thanks dear Kasey! Always great to hear from you. Part of the fun of going to these events is getting dressed up. A little leopard accent is always fun! LOL! Seriously though, this is a great organization and everybody there was passionate about the organization. This was not “lip” service. BTW- stay tuned for my coverage of “InnerCity Arts LA”.- another event where the celebs were not just giving lip service. I love my work. God Bless you Kasey on this glorious Sunday and always!

      1. Kasey says:

        I thought it was a really cute idea about that large B/W pic of all the flash cameras. Yes, these types of organizations are sorely needed and it is such a good thing to see celebs involved. the inner city arts event will be interesting. Lookin’ forward to it.

        Have a wonderful rest o’ the week.

        1. Cyndi Targosz says:

          Hi Kasey!
          I too had fun with the black & white photo. If you liked that one – Be sure to check out my next My Cyndi’s Secrets report! Shhhh! xoxo Cyndi

  3. dorightnow says:

    i am interested in the book Be nice or else by Winn Clayba. Do you know where i can get it. Is that for hairstylists or can any of us get it. thanks Cyndi for all you do.

    1. Thank you, dorightnow, for your interest in my book! You can find Be Nice (Or Else!) at http://www.beniceorelse.com and on amazon.com.

      XOXO, Winn Claybaugh

      1. KayB589 says:

        TY Winn for the information. I am interested in your book too. plus I’ve thought about becoming a hair stylist.

        1. Hi KayB589!

          The beauty industry is like no other! Please check out Paul Mitchell Schools at http://www.paulmitchell.edu to learn more about careers in the industry and our wonderful schools. We have more than 100 locations across America, and we’ve recently gone international with our new school in Slovenia! Good luck, and keep me posted! You can reach me at info@beniceorelse.com.

          XOXO, Winn Claybaugh

  4. KayB589 says:

    always love your interviews

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