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Source: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/night-before-jeff-bezos-bob-iger-stars-studio-heads-help-raise-5m-mptf-1090924The Hollywood Reporter wrote:
'Night Before': Jeff Bezos, Bob Iger, Stars and Studio Heads Help Raise $5M for MPTF
A who’s-who of Oscar nominees and top Hollywood executives came out to support the Motion Picture & Television Fund at its 16th annual ‘Night Before’ party, which raised $5 million in support of the MPTF.
One of the key events of Oscar weekend, the Night Before party, held on the Fox Studios lot and co-sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, drew Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Disney CEO Bob Iger and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, as well as film studio heads Ron Meyer of Universal, Tom Rothman of Sony, Stacey Snider of Fox, Jim Gianopulos of Paramount, Alan Horn of Disney, Kevin Tsujihara and Toby Emmerich of Warner Bros. and Gary Barber of MGM. Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt and AMC/SundanceTV chief Charlie Collier also were in attendance.
Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and event maestro Jeffrey Katzenberg held court as a VIP pre-party event that drew Greta Gerwig, an Oscar nominee for Lady Bird, Laura Dern and Gal Gadot.
Oscar nominees in attendance included Get Out director Jordan Peele, animated short producer Kobe Bryant, Shape of Water director and star Guillermo del Toro and Sally Hawkins, I, Tonya co-stars Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, The Big Sick writers Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan, Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman, Greatest Showman songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and many more.
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Past Oscar winners in attendance included Halle Berry, Adrien Brody, Michael Douglas, Viola Davis, Jamie Foxx, Helen Mirren and Mira Sorvino. Also spotted were Olympic skating champions Mirai Nagasu, who recently made history with her triple axel in PyeongChang, and the ice-dancing team of Alex Shibutani and Maia Shibutani.
Funds raised during the “Night Before” party are used to support MPTF, which assists industry members in Hollywood of all ages by providing social services, counseling and financial assistance. This year’s event raised $5 million, totaling just over $80 million in the event’s 16-year history.
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“I am so grateful for the generosity of the presenting sponsors and donors for making the ‘Night Before’ an amazing evening every year,” Katzenberg said in a statement. “It is not only the largest fundraiser each year for the MPTF, having raised over $80 million over the 16 years, but it is also the perfect way to bring the industry together in the spirit of a community that truly takes care of its own. This spirit translates into thousands of industry workers at all levels and at all ages being helped whenever a momentary crisis or need happens in their lives. This safety net of services is needed now more than ever before and we all must play our part to ensure the MPTF remains vital.“
The long list of other stars at the party includes Angela Bassett, Kate Beckinsale, Chadwick Boseman, Connie Britton, Ty Burrell, Erika Christensen, Laverne Cox, Darren Criss, Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Loretta Devine, Rosemarie DeWitt, Daveed Diggs, Nina Dobrev, Mark Duplass, Billy Eichner, Ansel Elgort, Jay Ellis, Jon Favreau, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Fillion, David Foster, Josh Gad, Tony Goldwyn, Heather Graham, Danai Gurira, Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Tom Holland, Oscar Isaac, Samuel L. Jackson, January Jones, Ashley Judd, Mindy Kaling, Michael Keaton, Keegan-Michael Key, Heidi Klum, Zoe Kravitz, Nick Kroll, Judith Light, Tatiana Maslany, Eric McCormack, Elisabeth Moss, Christopher Noth, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul, Tyler Perry, Retta, Britt Robertson, Ray Romano, Andy Serkis, Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Snow, Patrick Stewart, Eric Stonestreet, Star Wars breakout Kelly Marie Tran, Sofia Vergara, history-making Emmy winner Lena Waithe, Christopher Walken and Bradley Whitford.
Source: http://www.justjared.com/2018/03/12/darren-criss-mia-swier-hit-the-slopes-for-operation-smiles-park-city-ski-challenge/Just Jared wrote:
Darren Criss & Mia Swier Hit the Slopes for Operation Smile's Park City Ski Challenge
March 12, 2018
Darren Criss and Mia Swier coupled up for Operation Smile’s 2018 Park City Ski Challenge!
The 31-year-old American Crime Story actor and his fiancee went skiing for a good cause at the event - sponsored by The St. Regis Deer Valley and Deer Valley Resort - at The St. Regis Deer Valley on Saturday (March 10) in Park City, Utah.
Darren took home 2nd place against American Ninja Warrior's Matt Iseman.
They were joined by NCIS' Wilmer Valderrama, co-chairs Brooke Burke-Charvet and David Charvet, Superstore's Colton Dunn, Nichole Bloom, and Ben Feldman, and This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman and his wife Caitlin Thompson.
Darren closed the night with a surprise performance of a Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” before leading into a heartfelt rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s classic “Smile.”
The fun-filled day was held to raise awareness for Operation Smile, a nonprofit that helps provide facial reconstructive surgery to children who cannot afford the surgery.
Source: http://kids-alliance.org/about-us/Alliance for Children's Rights wrote:The Alliance for Children’s Rights protects the rights of impoverished, abused and neglected children and youth. By providing free legal services, advocacy, and programs that create pathways to jobs and education, the Alliance levels the playing field and ensures that children who have experienced foster care are able to fulfill their potential.
Since 1992, we have served 150,000 children. Our efforts are focused in three main areas:
--Free legal services and advocacy for children in foster car
--Training and education for those who work with or care for these children
--System-wide reform to change policies to improve children’s lives
Source: http://www.justjaredjr.com/2018/04/29/darren-criss-charlie-puth-are-musical-guys-at-city-year-event/Just Jared wrote:
Darren Criss & Charlie Puth Are Musical Guys at City Year Event
April 29, 2018
Darren Criss!_ is a handsome guy at the City Year Los Angeles’ Spring Break: Destination Education event held at Sony Studios on Saturday night (April 28) in Los Angeles.
The 31-year-old actor and singer was joined at the fundraising event by Charlie Puth, who served as special guest performer for the annual fundraising event which was attended by 1,400 guests and raised $2.2 million.
Source: http://ryanseacrestfoundation.org/2018/07/18/a-glee-filled-visit-with-darren-criss/Ryan Seacrest Foundation wrote:
A “Glee” filled visit with Darren Criss!
The end of June brought a big visit to Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! Darren Criss, most notable as Blaine from Fox’s hit series “Glee”, came to chat with patients, play a fun game, and take pictures and sign autographs.
Darren is actually touring alongside fellow “Glee” cast member Lea Michele – the pair performed at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center following his visit at Seacrest Studios!
One special patient, Sarah, played Jimmy Fallon’s “Whisper Challenge” with Darren. Hi wore headphones, listening to really loud music, while she mouthed Disney quotes, and he had to guess what she was saying.
Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta loved having Darren in studio, and we hope he returns soon!
The end of June brought a big visit to Seacrest Studios Atlanta! Darren Criss, most notable as Blaine from Fox’s hit series “Glee”, came to chat with patients, play a fun game, and take pictures and sign autographs.
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