Athletes and Stars Gather at Hyde Bellagio for Anti-Bullying Event

Athletes and stars gathered at Hyde Bellagio for the launch of “Be In The Know About Bullying,” a non-profit organization that has partnered with numerous celebrities and sports stars to advocate the fight against bullying.

Shahs of Sunset stars Golnesa Gharachedaghi  (GG) and Mercedes Javid (MJ) at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas
Shahs of Sunset stars Golnesa Gharachedaghi (GG) and Mercedes Javid (MJ) at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas

Guests included “Shahs of Sunset” stars Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi and Mercedes “MJ” Javid, former NFL players Sean JamesBrendon Ayanbadejo and Jonas Jennings, NFL free agent Bernard Berrian and former Olympians Garrett Klugh and Katura Horton-Perinchief among others.

Garrett Klugh at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas
Garrett Klugh at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas

After posing for photos on the red carpet, guests headed inside the fountain-side hotspot where they mingled over gourmet appetizers and cocktails handcrafted by Hyde’s expert mixologists.

Jonas Jennings at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas
Jonas Jennings at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas

Later in the evening guests gathered to watch an inspirational anti-bullying video and hear words from “Be In The Know About Bullying” founder Sean James. James spoke about the goal of the anti-bullying program, which emphasizes that students can make a meaningful impact and prevent bullying in their schools through leadership, education and the use of mentors.

Katura Horton-Perinchief at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas
Katura Horton-Perinchief at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas

The event concluded with James awarding Brendon Ayanbadejo with the organization’s first “Gamer Changer” award, for helping to change the game of bullying.

Bernard Berrian at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas
Bernard Berrian at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas

As the event ended and the venue transitioned into one of Vegas’ hottest clubs, the guests continued to enjoy themselves into the early morning hours.

Sean James and Brendon Ayanbadejo at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas
Sean James and Brendon Ayanbadejo at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas