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Trip to Israel, worth $55,000, is star gift in Oscar ‘goody bag’

10-day ‘first class’ visit to the Holy Land is the most valuable freebie in $200,000 array given to this year’s nominees

Hollywood gift guru Lash Fary presents the goody bags for the 2013 Oscars (screen capture: YouTube)
Hollywood gift guru Lash Fary presents the goody bags for the 2013 Oscars (screen capture: YouTube)

A free trip to Israel, valued at $55,000, is the most valuable gift in the Oscar “goody bag” that will be given to nominees for this year’s Academy Awards.

The Israel trip is described as a 10-day “first class” visit to the Jewish state.

Distinctive Assets, the firm that puts together the goody bags, called the goodies being given away “a blend of fabulous, fun and functional items meant to thrill and pamper those who may have everything money can buy but still savor the simple joy of a gift,” the Daily Beast reported.

The pricey gift bags are only handed out to the nominees for the top acting and directing categories, however.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony takes place on February 28, and will be hosted by actor Chris Rock.

Other gifts in the bag, valued overall at $200,000, include a year’s worth of unlimited Audi rentals from Silvercar (valued at $45,000), a 15-day walking tour of Japan ($45,000), and three private sessions with Jay Cardiello, a “celebrity wellness expert” who stars in the ABC-produced “My diet is better than yours.”

Nominees will also get to try Ultherapy, a laser skin-tightening procedure costing $5,530, receive a lifetime supply of skin creams from Lizora ($31,200), and try the Fit Club TV’s “Ultimate Fitness Package,” worth $6,250.

Distinctive Assets is a self-styled “niche marketing company offering celebrity placement, product introduction and branding opportunities within the entertainment industry.” Based in Los Angeles, it was founded by University of Virginia-educated Lash Fary.


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