Jennie Garth's Children's Defense Fund fundraiser

05/15/2006 at 08:00 AM ET

by CBB guest writer Ciaran of Little Lubbaloo

38669_h3Jennie Garth and SoulMate diamonds hosted a special celebrity get-together at the ultra hip maternity store Naissance on Melrose (aka NOM). The party was a celebration of motherhood, treating both new moms and those with multiple carseats in the Range Rover, to a selection of goodies just in time for Mother’s Day. NOM, well known worldwide for outfitting pregnant celebrities, was open for shopping during the event and 20% of their sales (plus $50 for each SoulMate diamond set sold) were donated to the Children’s Defense Fund.

Melissa_1 Having shopped at NOM for her previous two pregnancies, Jennie was thrilled that they donated the space for the party and to have Soulmate joining her to raise both funds and awareness for kids in need. The Children’s Defense fund strives to ensure every child a Healthy start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and a successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. Many other actresses have recently done work for this cause, including Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Cicely Tyson, Regina King, and Deborah Santana, who flew to New Orleans to help children in flood ravished communities.

Click the extended post for more on who was there.

Jennie also noted the timeliness of Mother’s Day and the fitting message of SoulMates unique pendants. The paired sets are made from two special diamonds cut from one single stone, documented and registered so that they will remain forever attached to each other. They celebrate the eternal love between a mother and a child. These necklaces are already gracing the necks of Madonna and Lourdes, Reese Witherspoon and Ava, Joely Fisher and Skyler, Jamie Lynn Sigler and her mom, and of course Jennie and her two daughters, Lica and Lola, who were there to enjoy the festivities.

Luca Bella was looking pretty in a bohemian embroidered peasant top and skirt. She had much fun decorating cupcakes with piles of candy and gummy worms, while little sister Lola Ray, danced around the store in an adorable blingy "Drama Queen" tee. A DJ spinning tunes set the mood, and the adults were grooving as they perused the gorgeous maternity wear and baby goodies.

Curb Your Enthusiasm actress Cheryl Hines picked up a heart pendant from the SoulMate collection for herself and her daughter, and selected "My Mom Rocks" and " I (heart) my Mommy" tees by A Wish for 2 year old daughter Catherine. She plans to put them on her daughter this weekend for Mother’s Day. She also mentioned how fortunate she is to have such a sweet and easy kid, and joked "One good one is all you need!"

Also in attendance were Holly Marie Combs who is 5 months pregnant with her second child, Melissa Joan Hart and a gorgeously glowing pregnant Emily Rutherford. Emily looked very glam and happy, noting that life has been really great for her lately, and that this is just such a special time. SoulMate diamonds outfitted her with an interlocking puzzle piece pendant for herself and baby. It was fitting as she is waiting till the birth of her child to find out what she is having. Several guests had her pegged for a boy-baby but we’ll all have to wait a few more weeks to solve that puzzle.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Hollywood party without fab swag, would it? In addition to the SoulMate pendants, celebs mommies in attendance recieved lavish gifts including strollers and carseats from Peg Perego, Breast pumps from Medela, an Ergo Baby Carrier, a Baby Bella Maya carrier cover, a "blessing kit" from Two Plums Blessings, and Ebba Soy candles. And all of the guests were treated with goody bags, put together by Grand Avenue Baby. The bags contained prenatal yoga dvds, Tummy Honey Belly Butter, Bread n Budder buckets, Simply Tiffany Taite Silver spoons, *pretty *little* cards* notecards, Varnish nail products, DiaperMate diaper disposal bags, Luna Bars, Fiji Water and coupons for everything from a Bellyband/Sweetness Pouch from Sweetness Products to glossing treatments from Steam Salon, to invitations and party supplies from Circle The Date.

If you are interested in obtaining a SoulMate pendant of your own, and helping out the Children’s Defense Fund in the process, then you won’t want to miss the upcoming auctions on Launching on Sunday May 14th (Mother’s Day) are auctions for pendants signed by and shared with ten prominent Hollywood moms and celebs, including Jennie Garth, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Rachael Ray, Sarah and Emily Hughes and Cheryl Hines. The winning bidders will forever share a common bond with the celebrity – soulmates together in their commitment to help others in need.

Photos: Charmed-Net and Teddy and Moo’s


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Autumn on

I saw on the People website various pics from this event and others, and it seemed pretty cool.

One photo also was of Melissa Joan Hart and her son Mason, interacting with Kellie Martin. It was really cute. 🙂

It did get me thinking though, isn’t Kellie married too? Does she have any children yet? I’m not 100% sure, but at her age (31 at most I think) she may, or at least will probably start soon.

(Especially with Melissa, Soilei, Mayim, etc. all being mothers now themselves. ;))