Happenings Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Paul Sorvino by Larry Namer and Claudia Graf

Published on August 27th, 2018 | by Jerry Doby

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Recap: Actor Paul Sorvino Honored at 26th Annual Mr. & Miss India America Pageant & Elite Awards

Bollywood and Hollywood Meets at Mr. & Miss India America Pageant & Elite Awards Charity Gala

Legendary Actor Paul Sorvino Presented with Lifetime Achievement Award at 26th Annual Event

The 26th annual Mr. & Miss India America Pageant & Elite Awards Ceremony Charity Gala was held on August 25, 2018, at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles. The charity gala supports JAGRITI, a non-profit organization that deals with domestic violence victims and issues in the South Asian community in the US, providing strong support to unite the voice of celebrities from Hollywood and Bollywood and to raise awareness towards combating domestic violence.

Paul and wife Dee Dee (photo credit Kerstin Alm)

Paul and wife Dee Dee (photo credit Kerstin Alm)

This year, Paul Sorvino was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The legendary actor attended the event with his wife Dee Dee and was presented the award by E! founder Larry Namer and actress/model Claudia Graf. He gave a heartfelt acceptance speech about the cultural connection between India and the United States, his personal experience with domestic violence that his mother experienced and described himself as a “feminist.” Also known for his opera talents, Mr. Sorvino capped off his speech with a few lines from the aria Nessun Dorma, delighting the audience.

The Hype Magazine’s DJ Luos was on hand to capture some exclusive behind the scenes action as well as the award presentation and brief serenade by Sir Paul Sorvino who took his seat to cries of ENCORE!!!

Porscha Coleman presented the International Media Legacy Award to Daphna Edwards Ziman, President, Cinemoi USA, who also gave an impassioned speech about this issue of domestic abuse and human trafficking.

Cinemoi: Beverly Todd, Daphna Edwards Ziman, Mubarakka Lokhandwala Ghadiyali. H.E. Zulfiquar Ghadiyali (Photo by Kerstin Alm)

Cinemoi: Beverly Todd, Daphna Edwards Ziman, Mubarakka Lokhandwala Ghadiyali. H.E. Zulfiquar Ghadiyali (Photo by Kerstin Alm)

Fashion stylist GK Reid presented KFC heiress Kaila Methven, CEO/founder of Madame Methven, with the Global Designer of the Year.

Kaila Methven photo credit Kerstin Alm

Kaila Methven photo credit Kerstin Alm

2018 pageant winners included:

Seerat Chopra – Miss India America

Vimal Moorti – Mr. India America

Sugouri Batra – Miss India Globe

Shank Ramesh – Mr. India Globe

Vinita Khilnani  – Miss India North America

Amandeep Singh – Mr. India North America

Sonia Grover – Ms. India America

Shivangi Pandi – Mrs. India North America

Manshi Nawab – Mrs. India California

In attendance were Alex Rose Wiesel, Beverly Todd, Bodvar Hafström, Catarina Mendoza (Where’s Catarina), Celeste Thorson, Claudia Graf, Daphna Edwards Ziman, Dustin Quick and Medi EM, Eugenia Kuzmina, GK Reid, Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, Jaiden Kaine, Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen & Dr. Rakesh, Jezlan Moyet, Josie Goldberg, Kaila Methven, Katherine Pacino, Krystle Lina, producer Larry Kasanoff, E! founder Larry Namer, Latavia Roberson, Natalija Ugrina, Parveen Kaur, Paul and Dee Dee Sorvino, Dr. Peyman Gravori, Pilar Holland, Porscha Coleman, Rod Sherwood, Dr. Shalini Kapoor, Shalini Vadhera & Tony Potts, Sonika Vaid (American Idol), H.E. Zulfiquar Ghadiyali & Mubarakka Lokhandwala Ghadiyali, and many others.

Dr Rakesh and team with Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen (photo by Kerstin Alm)

Dr Rakesh and team with Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen (photo by Kerstin Alm)

Sponsors include Dr. J’s Natural, My Power of One, VeeTee Rice,  Beauty Kitchen, Craig Shelly Beverly Hills, Femargent, Bodvár – House of Rosés, and others.


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