A star-studded host committee, Academy Awards nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together on March 1st, 2014 for the 12th annual ‘Night Before’ party to benefit MPTF.
Funds raised during the now-legendary evening will be used to support the MPTF in providing its services of healthcare, financial relief and retirement living to the more than 150,000 people it helps each year in its effort to achieve its goal of “taking care of our own.” The annual event raised $5.2 million last night, totaling just over $60 million in the event’s history.
The 2014 host committee included a lineup of the industry’s most elite talent, including Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, Tanya Haden Black and Jack Black, Sandra Bullock, Luciana and Matt Damon, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Camila and Matthew McConaughey, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, and Octavia Spencer.
Attending guests included Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, Will Arnett, Paris Barclay, Angela Bassett, Mario Bello, Lawrence Bender, Dana Brunetti, Sandra Bullock, Emilia Clarke, Steve Coogan, Courteney Cox, Alfonso Cuaron, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matt and Luciana Damon, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Larry David, Rosario Dawson, Zooey Deschanel, Rosemarie DeWitt and Ron Livingston, Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund, Anna Faris and Chris Pratt, Jon Favreau, Jane Fonda, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, Jamie Foxx, Jim Gianopulos, Selena Gomez, Brian Grazer, Marcia Gay Harden, Angie Harmon, Alan Horn, Djimon Hounsou, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Jonah Hill, Bob Iger, Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Kavanaugh, Michael Keaton, Anna Kendrick, Sir Ben Kingsley, Donna Langely, Jared Leto, Ray Liotta, Michael Mann, Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, Lupita Nyong'o, Tyler Perry, Sarah Paulson, Jeremy Renner, Margot Robbie, Andy Samberg, Adam Shankman, Meryl Streep, Sylvester Stallone, Chistoph Waltz, Harvey Weinstein, Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth among others.
This year’s generous presenting sponsors included Delta Air Lines, Dodge, L’Oreal, Relativity, Target and The Hollywood Reporter. The event was once again held at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel, where renowned chef David Myers of Hinoki & the Bird provided a specialty buffet station for guests.
“The Night Before has now raised over $60 million over the past 12-years for the charitable programs and services for the MPTF and I am so grateful to our corporate sponsors and our industry for responding in such a generous way,” stated Chairman of the MPTF Foundation, Jeffrey Katzenberg.
“This year we have again raised an excess of $5 million dollars and we could not have achieved this without the enormous support of each of our Presenting Sponsors and of course our friends at The Beverly Hills Hotel for being the place to be for the last 12 years of the ‘Night Before,’” said Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation.
The ‘Night Before,’ held annually the night before the Academy Awards, was produced for the 12th consecutive year by Robyn Leuthe Norris, with Silver Birches creating the decor for the party. The event, now a much-anticipated awards season tradition, has become one of the most coveted invitations in town since its inception in 2003.