By Sammi Turano

Los Angeles, CA (August 13th, 2017)
 – Backstage Creations, specialists in award show gifts and custom backstage Celebrity Retreats™, produced the TEEN CHOICE 2017 Celebrity Retreat™ at Galen Center.  TEEN CHOICE 2017 aired live, Sunday, August 13th (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.  Stars were thanked for their support by being given the opportunity to select specific gifts they wished to receive from participating donor companies.  

TEEN CHOICE 2017 celebrated the hottest teen icons in television, music, film, sports, fashion, comedy and the web. Performers included Louis Thomlinson and Bebe Rexha, Clean Bandit with Zara Larsson, the cast of Star plus Kyle, Lil Yachty and Rita Ora and more along with presenters Zendaya, Anthony Anderson, Fifth Harmony, Millie Bobby Brown, Tyler Hoechlin, Grant Gustin, Craig Robinson, Kaitlin Olson and Thomas Barbusca, Lucy Hale, Janel Parrish, Victoria Justice, Tyler Posey, Maddie Ziegler, Shawn Mendes and many more.


A few highlights at the Celebrity Retreat™ included:

  • Ne-Yo was impressed by the 1MORE Headphones. He really appreciated the fact that they had amazing sound quality and were easily affordable for the masses. www.1MORE.com
  • Performer Bebe Rexha thought that the SQUISH-DEE-LISH™ SQUISHIES BY JAKKS smelled amazing, and stated, “Maybe I do really need this just to keep in my bag.” www.jakks.com  
  • Adam Scott stopped by the HANAZUKI® brand from Hasbro station and stated, “I have an eight year old daughter, so I’m sure she’s going to love this!” www.Hanazuki.com  
  • Rae Sremmurd was intrigued by Darren Campo’s Stingers presented by TVGuestpert Publishing. He ended up taking a book with him and said, “I’m going to take Stingers, as we have a book club for when we fly on planes.”   www.DarrenCampo.com He was also excited to hear about the Island Plantation Luxury Jungle Resort and said he will definitely take a trip since he’s been planning on taking a vacation soon. www.islandplantationbocas.com
  • Teen Choice 2017 winner Janel Parrish said she loved the squishy comfort of the Malibu Jane flip flops. www.Malibujane.com     
  • Ne-Yo also stopped by the BB-8™ by Sphero table and had a great time. He said that it was going to be a perfect gift for his son. www.sphero.com
  • Thomas Barbusca picked out a silver and black watch from CROTON WATCH CO. He said, “I like my watches clean and simple which is why I was immediately drawn to this one.” www.crotonwatch.com
  • Sydney Sierota of the band ‘Echosmith’ was thrilled when she was stopped by The Retreat Costa Rica, a Diana Stobo Property station as soon as she heard that it was a health and wellness retreat, as it was something that she said she really needed right now. www.theretreatcostarica.com
  • The cast of the upcoming show ‘Star’ on FOX, were all extremely eager to take home Kulani Kinis swimwear. They wanted to take them home immediately. www.kulanikinis.com
  • Marcus Scribner loved how stylish the däv Weatherproof Luxury boots were. He highlighted the fact that they didn’t look anything like traditional rainboots. www.davrain.com     
  • Yara Shahidi loved her West Coast Vibes Customizable Bomber Jacket, and thought it was awesome that it was customized just for her with her name on it.  www.westcoastvibes.com    
Celebrities also walked away with a gift bag filled with the following:  

  • Art’s Ideas – Jenga GIANT Genuine Hardwood Game. www.Jengagiant.com    
  • Bioderma – Sensibio H2O Micellar Water, the cleansing and make-up removing water that respects the fragility of sensitive skin. http://www.bioderma.us/our-products/sensibio/h2o   
  • BOP IT! MAKER Game from Hasbro Gaming – In this new twist on the popular BOP IT! Game, players can customize their game with 10 of their own moves for endless fun. To add a new move, players need to follow Bop It’s steps and name it, perform it, and record a sound effect, then laugh at their friends’ hilarious nail it and fail it moments! http://hasbrogames.com    
  • Cookie Good – One large cookie from Cookie Good, Santa Monica’s boutique cookie shop specializing in nostalgic & fun flavors inspired by your favorite desserts, candies, breakfast cereals…or just anything that’ll make you feel cookie good! www.cookiegood.com
  • Freeman Beauty Infusion Cleansing Charcoal & Probiotics Clay Mask - This serum-infused clay mask instantly clears pores with activated Charcoal to gently draw out oils and toxins without over-drying. Boosted with powerful skin-balancing Probiotics to reveal a fresh, clear complexion. www.freemanbeauty.com  
  • Hempz Yuzu & Starfruit Daily Herbal Moisturizing Dry Oil Body Spray with SPF30 – Hempz Daily Herbal Moisturizing Dry Oil Body Spray with SPF 30 is a weightless daily moisturizer. Enriched with 100% Pure Natural Hemp Seed Oil and our Signature Citrus Fruit Complex this perfectly-balanced formula delivers moisture to skin while helping to protect against the effects of free radial damage, harmful UVA/UVB rays, daily elements and sun exposure. www.hempz.com
  • Icelandic- Exceptionally pure, natural spring water from Iceland. www.icelandicglacial.com  
  • Invitation Consultants– Custom Acrylic 150 Sheet Teen Choice Notepad. www.invitationconsultants.com
  • J World Sports, Inc. – J World New York Oz is a lightweight and compact backpack with a very basic yet fashionable design. The backpack features a laptop sleeve, a spacious main compartment, a front utility pocket, and side pockets which make it great for school and for travels. https://jworldstore.com/oz.html
  • MIKE AND IKE® - Experience the sweet taste of fruity chewy candy with MIKE AND IKE® Original Fruits, bursting with five fun flavors, including: Cherry, Lemon, Lime, Orange, and Strawberry. It's fruity, it's chewy, it's FRUCHEWY! www.mikeandike.com/
  • Mood & Co.-  Candles That Make Scents - Soy wax candles. www.moodandco.com
  • Natasha Preston – THE CELLAR is the #1 New York Times Bestselling Young Adult thriller by Natasha Preston. www.natashapreston.com/books
  • Pophead ™ - Transform your hair from normal to eye-popping in seconds with Pophead ™! It’s as easy as putting your hair up in a ponytail. www.mypophead.com
    • NYT & USA Today Best Selling Author Karen Lynch – Relentless - A well-written, fantastical tale that captivates and leaves you wanting more. The perfect balance of romantic anticipation and action will make you forget housework, cooking dinner and bedtimes.
    • USA Today Best Selling Author J.L. Weil – Slumber Fans of Hunger Games, The 100, and Divergent will fall in love with Slumber. https://redcoatpr.com/teenchoice2017/
  • Safe Stardom: How to Protect Your Children on Their Road to Fame by Entertainment Lawyer Robert Pafundi - Safe Stardom was written with the goal of giving parents the information they need to keep their children and family safe and smart, while on their road to fame, and beyond. It is for those who have just started to dream of a career in acting to those with years of training and on-set experience, and for families and children everywhere in between. www.safestardom.com
  • Thera Cane MAX Trigger Point Massager – Treat yourself to deep relief from painful, knotted, spasmed muscles. This amazingly simple yet effective self-massager makes it easy to apply pain-relieving deep compression directly to hard, knotted "trigger points" anywhere they occur - breaking up tension even in the hardest-to-reach muscles between your shoulder blades! www.theracane.com
  • Tom’s of Maine- Tom’s of Maine is the #1 natural deodorant brand with a number of award-winning products among its deodorant portfolio, including 24-hour Long Lasting Deodorant featuring 100% natural fragrances such as wild lavender. And made just for kids when they’re ready, Tom’s of Maine Wicked Cool! Deodorant provides 24-hour odor protection with no aluminum, parabens or artificial fragrances. www.TomsofMaine.com
Josh Johnson Home styled the Celebrity Retreat™ and provided a luxurious and stylish backdrop for celebrity guests to mingle while they perused the products and lounge within his custom designed vignette. Based both in West Hollywood and Nashville, Josh’s lovable personality earned him the nickname “Sparkle Josh” and the title of Fan Favorite during the second season of HGTV's Design Star, and he also appeared in the Design Star “All Stars” series. Additionally, Josh is thrilled to announce the recent release of his premier line of signature home décor products nationwide.  www.facebook.com/SparkleJoshJohnson  

Multi-Media Personality & Celebrity DJ Brandi Garcia has graced the stage with some of today's biggest performers from Jay-Z, Drake and Ludacris and also with Mike Epps for his latest comedy special on Netflix plus most recently toured with CeeLo Green. She spins today's hit music to spice up your day and loves to make you dance! http://brandigarcia.com/

FUNBOY is a California based summer lifestyle brand known best for their original luxury pool floats designs. FUNBOY’s limited edition floats and forward design have garnered a global following of like-minded individuals, taste-makers and adventurers who collectively live life FUNBOY. www.FUNBOY.com

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer- powered charity committed to funding the most promising childhood cancer research wherever it takes place. The Foundation has awarded more than $230 million to take childhood back from cancer, making it the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants worldwide.  



Created in 2000 by Karen Wood; formerly a talent coordinator on over 50 award shows, to give major corporations as well as up-and-coming designers the exclusive opportunity to personally introduce their products and services to celebrities.  BACKSTAGE CREATIONS originated the gifting Retreat™ concept and has created Celebrity Retreats™ at various industry honors including the Emmy Awards®, Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Awards, People’s Choice Awards, BET Awards and Billboard Music Awards. BACKSTAGE CREATIONS puts an emphasis on charitable donation at each of our Retreats™ giving our celebrity attendees the opportunity to both give and receive through unique partnerships at our events.  Backstage Creations Retreats™ and gift bags have been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Extra, E!, TV Guide and our clients appear in OK Magazine, People.com, Us Weekly, HollywoodLife.com, Just Jared and many other print and online publications.  

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    Hi Sammie!
    Thank you for mentioning St. Baldrick's Foundation in your Teen Choice Award article. I'd love to hear how you know about us and explore some ways we might work together...can we set some time for a quick chat? Hope your day is amazing ~Robyn

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