Television’s biggest night took place in Century City, CA Saturday, September 16th, where the entertainment industry came together for the 11th annual “Evening Before” party, benefitting MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund).
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.
“The health and social service needs of our community continue to grow, especially during these last few years. The cost of delivering much-needed care can be overwhelming to MPTF’s resources, which makes events like the Evening Before more important now than ever,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation. “We are grateful to our sponsors and to all our donors from the television community for their support of this evening and throughout the year.”
The 11th Annual “Evening Before” Host Committee consisted of Anthony Anderson, Julie Bowen, Sterling K. Brown, Ty Burrell, Robert DeNiro, Tracee Ellis Ross, America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams, Donald Glover, Tony Goldwyn, Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy, Allison Janney, Nicole Kidman, Judith Light & Robert Desiderio, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall, Eric McCormack, Kate McKinnon, Debra Messing, Elisabeth Moss, Bob Odenkirk, Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys, Kevin Spacey, Octavia Spencer, Kasia & Jeffrey Tambor, Milo Ventimiglia, Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth, and Shailene Woodley.
The Executive Host Committee included Susan & Matt Blank, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Julie Chen & Leslie Moonves, Charlie Collier, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Nancy Dubuc, Channing Dungey & Scott Power, Robert Greenblatt, Bonnie Hammer, Mike Hopkins, Toni Knight & Tony Vinciquerra, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams, Andrea & David Nevins, Jeanne & Gary Newman, Roy Price, Kevin Reilly, Megan & Peter Rice, Andrea & Peter Roth, Josh Sapan, Ted Sarandos, Ryan Seacrest, Karen Kehela Sherwood & Ben Sherwood, Dana & Matt Walden, Ally Walker & John Landgraf, and Dick & Noelle Wolf.
This year’s presenting sponsors were Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, Netflix, PEOPLE TV, and Target.
Among the celebrities who attended this year’s event were Uzo Aduba, Riz Ahmed, Sasha Alexander, Jaimie Alexander, Debbie Allen, Aziz Ansari, Lauren Ash, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Bayer, Samantha Bee, Jillian Bell, Zach Braff, Madeline Brewer, Alison Brie, Logan Browning, Titus Burgess, Sophia Bush, Linda Cardellini, Michael Chiklis, Priyanka Chopra, Gary Cole, Mike Colter, Laverne Cox, David Cross, Viola Davis, Guillermo Diaz, Sarah Drew, Minnie Driver, Clea DuVall, Natalia Dyer, Lisa Edelstein, Billy Eichner, Tom Ellis, O-T Fagbenle, Edie Falco, Fortune Feimster, Ben Feldman, Joseph Fiennes, Scott Foley, Jason George, Paul Giamatti, Walton Goggins, Ginnifer Goodwin, Max Greenfield, Grace Gummer, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, David Harbour, Marcia Gay Harden, Justin Hartley, Dennis Haysbert, Lydia Hearst, Patricia Heaton, Cheryl Hines, Jackie Hoffman, Anders Holm, Julianne Hough, Abbi Jacobson, Ashley Judd, Joe Keery, Minka Kelly, Vanessa Kirby, Zoe Kravitz, Amy Landecker, Ali Larter, Tatiana Maslaney, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jack McBrayer, Kelly McCreary, Joel McHale, Kyle MacLachlan, Chrissy Metz, Alyssa Milano, Janelle Monae, Ryan Murphy, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Noth, BJ Novak, Danielle Panabaker, Lana Parrilla, Dolly Parton, Mandy Patinkin, Jeremy Piven, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Posen, Andrew Rannells, Retta, Sam Richardson, Angela Sarafyan, Susan Sarandon, Reid Scott, Sarah Silverman, Alexander Skarsgård, Kevin Spacey, David Spade, Abigail Spencer, Darby Stanchfield, Sharon Stone, Chris Sullivan, Wanda Sykes, Jessica Szohr, Amber Tamblyn, Michelle Trachtenberg, Alan Tudyk, Keith Urban, Courtney B. Vance, Lena Waithe, Matt Walsh, Kate Walsh, Susan Kelechi Watts, Ed Westwick, Samira Wiley, BD Wong, Evan Rachel Wood, Alison Wright, Bellamy Young, and many more.
The “Evening Before” was designed as a relaxed town square atmosphere in the park by Silver Birches with specialty food provided by Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo.
The event is designed after the highly successful “Night Before,” another fundraiser held annually before the Academy Awards for the past fifteen years to benefit MPTF.