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Rickland Orchards Kicks Off The Holidays With A Night Of Ice Skating & Charity

Sun, November 18, 2012 10:07pm EDT by Russ Weakland Add first Comment
Maria Menounos
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On Thursday, November 15, Rickland Orchards officially kicked off the holiday season with an evening of ice skating and healthy snacking at CHILL at W Los Angeles!

A slew of VIP guests, including Maria Menounos, Lance Bass, Aubrey O’Day, Jaleel White, Chelsea Ricketts, Jason Gann, Robin Antin, Jessica Kennedy Parker and many more enjoyed specialty cocktails, a build-your-own greek yogurt gelato bar and a chance to show off their ice skating skills.

In the spirit of the holiday season, the “Shining Hope Tree” was adorned with Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Bar ornaments, each with a monetary denomination that signified the donation amount made by Rickland Orchards on behalf of guests untrimming the bars from the tree. The donations benefitted the Shining Hope charity and the Kibera School For Girls in Nairobi, Kenya. Ultimately, the guests allowed Rickland Orchards to donate $20,000 to the school!

As the face of the Rickland Orchards brand, Maria Menounos happily supported her favorite healthy snack (she munches on them throughout her days on the set of “Extra”). She was overcome with joy as she assisted in raising $20,000 for Shining Hope, as she has worked with them to champion gender equality and combat urban poverty in Kibera. Maria later expressed her gratitude with a heartfelt speech regarding her love for the Kibera School For Girls.

At the Rickland Orchards Holiday Kick-Off at W Los Angeles – Westwood, Maria Menounos raced over to the build-your-own greek yogurt gelato station. When asked what flavor combination she created, her response was “heaven flavor!”

Aubrey O’Day arrived at the Rickland Orchards Holiday Kick-Off at W Los Angeles – Westwood with her dog Ginger in tow! She happily pranced them around the blue carpet and CHILL, but don’t worry, she didn’t put them on the ice!

Per usual, Maria Menounos garnered some male attention… in the form of her buddies Lance Bass and Jaleel White! Both raced up to Maria, embracing her in hugs at the Rickland Orchards Holiday Kick-Off at W Los Angeles – Westwood. Jaleel scarfed down the gelato, while Lance hit the CHILL ice skating rink. Lance even stopped skating to pose for pictures with any fan who asked!

Rain or shine, Maria Menounos was ready to hit the ice! She laced up her skates and munched on another new Rickland Orchards product- Greek on the Go Bites. Braving the rain, she glided around the W Los Angeles – Westwood’s signature CHILL ice rink with ease!

So HollywoodLifers, Make sure the next time you hit the supermarket to get your hands on all of the awesome products that Rickland Orchards has to offer!

Russ Weakland