Many of television’s biggest stars came out to Century Park, CA on Sunday night to celebrate the Eighth Annual “Evening Before” event, which benefitted MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund).
Host Committee members including Kerry Washington, Jennifer Westfeldt & Jon Hamm, Lena Dunham, Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez, and Robin Dearden & Bryan Cranston, were joined by some of the brightest names in Hollywood for the weekend’s most esteemed pre-Emmy Awards celebration.
The television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from MPTF’s charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is “home” to television and film veterans alike.
“Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our sponsors and donors this year’s Evening Before has raised over $2 million surpassing our previous totals which is a wonderful recognition of the incredible support MPTF brings to the TV community,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation and Chairman of the MPTF Foundation.
In addition to the aforementioned names, the Eighth Annual “Evening Before’s” Host Committee consisted of Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, Matt Bomer & Simon Halls, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Ty Burrell, Claire Danes & Hugh Dancy, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis & Julius Tennon, Zooey Deschanel, Michelle Dockery, Jimmy Fallon, Tony Goldwyn, Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann, Julia Louis Dreyfus & Brad Hall, Julianna Margulies, Seth Meyers, Shemar Moore, Jim Parsons, Aaron Paul, Sunrise & Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Schilling, Kevin Spacey, Octavia Spencer, and Eric Stonestreet. The Executive Host Committee included J.J. Abrams, Matthew C. Blank, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Charlie Collier, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Nancy Dubuc, Robert Greenblatt, Bonnie Hammer, Ted Harbert, Doug Herzog, John Landgraf, Paul & Deirdre Lee, Michael Lombardo, Ryan Murphy, David Nevins, Gary Newman, Richard Pleper, Peter Rice, Peter Roth, Josh Sapan, Ted Sarandos, Ryan Seacrest, Ben Sherwood & Karen Kehela Sherwood, Anne Sweeney & Phil Miller, Nina Tassler, Dana Walden, Dick Wolf, and Michael Wright.
This year’s presenting sponsors included veterans essie, PEOPLE, and Target, and newcomers Delta Air Lines, Dodge, and Netflix, with additional support from returning platinum sponsor AMC Networks.
“In this eighth year we are grateful for the TV community’s growing support and thrilled so many new members of our entertainment community are being introduced to the industry’s charity through this fun event that celebrates achievement and the true heart of Hollywood,” said Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation.
Among the celebrities who attended this year’s event were Uzo Aduba, Malin Akerman, Fred Armisen, Christine Baranski, Mayim Bialik, Jason Biggs, Michael Bolton, Beau Bridges, Danielle Brooks, Kate Burton, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Capshaw, Josh Charles, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Chris Colfer, Jason Collins, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Claire Danes & Hugh Dancy, Guillermo Diaz, Peter Dinklage, Nina Dobrev, Minnie Driver, Edie Falco, Jodie Foster, Johnny Galecki, Ricky Gervais, Judy Greer, Clark Gregg & Jennifer Grey, Tony Hale, Colin Hanks, Marcia Gay Harden, Angie Harmon, Julianne Hough, Mindy Kaling, Ben Kingsley, Lisa Kudrow, Padma Lakshmi, Jessica Lange, Matt LeBlanc, Lucy Liu, Joe Manganiello, Taryn Manning, James Marsden, Kate McKinnon, Stephen Merchant, Lea Michele, Kate Mulgrew, Bob Odenkirk, Hayden Panettiere, Mandy Patinkin, Sarah Paulson, Amanda Peet, Jeff Perry, Amy Poehler, Zac Posen, Monica Potter, Laura Prepon, Gordon Ramsey, Retta, Krysten Ritter, Pablo Schreiber, Liev Schreiber, Adam Scott, Teddy Sears, Darby Stanchfield, Brittany Snow, David Spade, Kiefer Sutherland, Lorraine Toussaint, Emily VanCamp, Sofia Vergara, Jon Voight, Kate Walsh, Matt Walsh, Bellamy Young, and many others.
Robyn Leuthe Norris produced the “Evening Before” for the eighth consecutive year, with a chic lawn party atmosphere designed by Silver Birches.