BWW Review: KISS ALL THE BULLIES GOOD-BYE by Sir Ivan
An incredibly successful music and social event was held on August 22nd at Sir Ivan's Castle in the Hamptons. Over 600 friends and fans attended the "Royal Tea Dance Party" that celebrated Sir Ivan's new anti-bullying anthem and music video, Billboard hit "Kiss All The Bullies Goodbye." The song is produced by Paul Oakenfold and features pop-music icon, Taylor Dayne. Broadwayworld.com was there for all the excitement.
Sir Ivan's spectacular 15,000 square foot Castle in Water Mill was lit in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court's recent decision on marriage equality. The medieval style Castle became into the largest disco flashing rainbow light show in the world.
The night also served as a thank-you to supporters of Sir Ivan's charity, The Peaceman Foundation. The party featured a 5-hour set from Vienna's Life Ball resident DJ, Sin Morera and non-stop dancing from twenty-eight world class professional disco hustle and Latin hustle dancers from Stepping Out Studios.
We had an opportunity to interview Sir Ivan and ask him a few questions about his anti-bullying initiative and his passion for social justice. His father was an Auschwitz survivor. Sir Ivan has a great deal of sensitivity to the plight of people who suffer abuse. Speaking of his father, he commented, ""My energy and will to succeed clearly comes from my father and all of his amazing accomplishments."
Sir Ivan also told us that he has plans for a book book that discusses his life in the 1950's and 1960's. He hopes that his story will be "inspirational" to many.
The "Royal Tea Dance Party" reached a real climax when Sir Ivan made his grand entrance, riding a custom-made Ironhorse Tejas chopper motorcycle straight into his Castle through a packed dance floor. He then performed his song "Kiss All The Bullies Goodbye." Sir Ivan was clad in a leather biker cape embellished with a Swarovski encrusted peace sign. The performance received an enthusiastic response from the crowd.
The party guests were invited to wear Village People inspired costumes. Attendees included singer Pras from The Fugees, singer Aaron Paul, grandson of Omar Sharif and LGBT activist, Omar Sharif Jr., businessman Marc Leder, journalist Michael Musto, androgynous model Rain Dove and Calvin Klein model Harmony Boucher, "Orange is the New Black" actress Farrah Krenek, actor Colin Asercion and The Village People's former "Cowboy" himself Randy Jones.
In the battle against bullying, Sir Ivan and his Peaceman Foundation has donated over $200,000 to 10 non-profit organizations that combat bullying including: It Gets Better Project; the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educational Network (GLSEN); the Born This Way Foundation; Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center; Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG); Stomp Out Bullying; Campus Pride; Love is Louder/The Jed Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League and The Trevor Project.
The music video for "Kiss All The Bullies Goodbye" was directed by MTV and BET award winning director Erik White, and net proceeds from video views, song streams and downloads will be donated to anti-bullying initiatives.
For more on The Peaceman Foundation: http://sirivan.com/the-peaceman-foundation/
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