Hollywood Painter Metin Bereketli Participated in U.S. VETS GALA to help and honor the U.S. Veterans in need by donating the proceedings of his art exhibition, special Peace Necktie and print sales

Hollywood Painter Metin Bereketli Participated in U.S. VETS GALA 2003

Bereketli donates his "God Bless America" prints to help and honor the American Veterans in need

February 26, 2003

For more information contact:

Metin Bereketli at (323) 856-4789

P.O. Box 33 Beverly Hills, CA 90213



Beverly Hills, CA -- Hollywood-based international painter Metin Bereketli, who is known for his striking DIVERSITY series of paintings, has participated in the 2nd Annual Washington's Birthday Gala Honoring American's Heroes. The worthwhile charity gala held on February 21, 2003 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California was attended by Arthur M. Kassel (Exec. Producer/Event Chair & Co-Host), Gov. Gray Davis (Hon. Event Chair), Hon. Robert Hertzberg (Dinner Chair), Hon. Maxine Waters (Co-Chair), Hon. Wendy Greuel (Co-Chair), Sheriff Lee Baca, and Hon. Harry Pregerson.

Metin received a special welcome at the gala by having a personal art exhibition where the VIP guests had the chance to enjoy three of his original brush-work paintings: GOLDEN EAGLES, DIVERSITY #1, and GOD BLESS AMERICA. Also donated to this good cause were the sales revenues of Metin's one-and-only "Peace Necktie."

The Hollywood celebrities who attended the call to extend a warm hand to the U.S. veterans included Diane Ladd (Co-Host), Chuck Norris, Charles Durning, Kelsey Grammer, Johnny Grant.

Among the Special Guests were such stars as Lionel Richie, Norm Crosby, Fred Travalena, and Robbie Brit.

Hon. Anthony Principi was honored by the "Man of the Year" Award at the notable event.

Other generous and notable Americans whose important contributions to veteran affairs were also recognized included Juan Alvarado (Personal Achievement Award), Jerry Ford (Personal Achievement Award), Connie Stevens (Celebrity Leadership Award), Mayor Beverly O'Neill (Community Service Award), George V. Vinson (NEXTEL Public Safety Award), and Maj. Gen. Peter J. Gravett (Lifetime Achievement Award).

Metin said "I love being a part of U.S. VET's annual gala because this organization helps 200,000 homeless individuals a year through U.S. Vets National AmeriCorps program, has served 5,000 homeless veterans at the Westside Residence Hall since 1993, an additional 2,000 individual homeless veterans are served annually through the L.A. Outreach Team. US VETS organizes many other programs that help our veterans in need. As an American artist working and living in this country I feel great pride and joy to donate the proceedings of my art exhibition, neck tie, and print sales to this worthwhile cause."

The glossy event catalog reserved a full-page to Metin's "God Bless America" painting.

The internationally acclaimed Metin Bereketli's contemporary works have been featured in museums, galleries, and exhibitions worldwide including the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Art Library, Sotheby's London, California Science Center, Exposition Park, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures Studios, Peterson Automotive Museum, Playboy Mansion, House of Blues, Pacific Design Center, and Hollywood & Highland.

His paintings have been featured on the sets of Friends, Frazier, ER, Becker, Felicity, Will & Grace, Chicago Hope, The Bold and The Beautiful, Passions, General Hospital, Party of Five, and several other TV and film sets.

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