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Vertu Hosts Pre-Oscars® Dinner with Wolfgang and Gelila Assefa Puck; Event Honors Dream for Future Africa Foundation

BEVERLY HILLS — February 24, 2012 –Vertu, the market leader in luxury mobile phones, joined Gelila and Wolfgang Puck last night to host an exclusive pre-Oscar dinner in support of Dream for Future Africa Foundation. The opulent affair brought together stars and executives from the film, art, sports and music industries at the renowned restaurant CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Many personal friends of the Pucks attended including: hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams; fashion designers Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier; record and film producer Quincy Jones; actresses Holly Robinson Peete, Shiva Rose and Azie Tesfai; actor Ken Davitian; singer Macy Gray; Motown record label founder, Berry Gordy; TV personality J. Alexander; acclaimed photographer Bruce Weber; crystal heiress Nadja Swarovski; The Bold and The Beautiful executive producer Brad Bell and wife, Colleen Bell; Italian Tenor Vittorio Grigolo; and actor Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Other notable guests included ESSENCE's Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor; producer Lawrence Bender; handbag designer Kendall Conrad; Target executive Greg Cunningham; author Julia Moore; The Daily's Richard Johnson and wife Sessa von Richthofen; and executive and fashion enthusiast Angelique Soave, among many others.

While celebrating the upcoming Oscars, the dinner also honored Dream for Future Africa Foundation, founded and run by Gelila Assefa Puck, which is dedicated to providing education and feeding programs for orphans that have lost their parents to the AIDS virus. For more than a decade, Gelila Assefa Puck has been active in supporting women's global health initiatives and the advancement of orphaned children in Africa.

As the official chef of the Oscars Governor's Ball, Wolfgang prepared a lavish, three-course meal that included Maryland Blue Crab, Louisiana Shrimp Louis Cocktail and American Wagyu / Angus "Kobe Style" New York Sirloin.

About Dream for Future Africa Foundation

Dream for Future Africa Foundation was founded by Gelila Assefa Puck in 2010 and is dedicated to providing opportunity and equity for those most in need in Africa. Gelila Assefa Puck is an internationally known fashion designer, and an award-winning international philanthropist who was born and schooled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For more than a decade, Ms. Puck has been active in supporting women's global health initiatives and the advancement of orphaned children in Africa. Ms. Puck's commitment to her East African heritage and to the communities of her Ethiopian homeland was the subject of a recent and admiring major feature on CNN International viewed by millions. For more information, please visit www.dffaf.org

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