Television’s biggest night took place in Century City, CA Sunday, September 16th, where the entertainment industry came together for the 12th 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.
“I’m incredibly grateful to the corporate sponsors and donors from the television community who came out to support the Evening Before. Their generosity enables MPTF to continue to serve industry workers and their families by providing financial assistance in tough times, subsidizing childcare, and offering help when caring for an aging parent,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation.
The 12th Annual “Evening Before” Host Committee consisted of Julie Bowen, Rachel Brosnahan, Sterling K. Brown, Ty Burrell, Darren Criss, Tracee Ellis Ross, America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams, Claire Foy, Sophie Hunter & Benedict Cumberbatch, Allison Janney, Judith Light & Robert Desiderio, Kate McKinnon, Debra Messing, Mandy Moore, Elisabeth Moss, Jane Musky & Tony Goldwyn, Bob Odenkirk, Sandra Oh, Issa Rae, Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys, Octavia Spencer, Chrissy Teigen & John Legend, Milo Ventimiglia, and Lena Waithe.
The Executive Host Committee included Bob Bakish, Casey Bloys, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Paul Buccieri, Charlie Collier, Cesar Conde, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Channing Dungey, Pam & Randy Freer, Robert Greenblatt, Bonnie Hammer, Mike Hopkins, Toni Knight & Tony Vinciquerra, Luz & Robert Kyncl, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams, Andrea & David Nevins, Jeanne & Gary Newman, Richard Plepler, Kevin Reilly, Megan & Peter Rice, Andrea & Peter Roth, Jennifer Salke, Josh Sapan, Ted Sarandos, Karen & Ben Sherwood, Dana & Matt Walden, and Ally Walker & John Landgraf.
This year’s presenting sponsors were Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, Netflix, PEOPLE, and Target.
Among the celebrities who attended this year’s event were Malin Akerman, Sasha Alexander, Louie Anderson, Odette & Dave Annable, Katie Aselton, Lauren Ash, Kevin Bacon, Sosie Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, Zazie Beetz, Betsy Brandt, Amy Brenneman, Madeline Brewer, Alison Brie, Logan Browning, Amanda Brugel, Dan Bucatinsky, Sophia Bush, Ross Butler, Jessica Capshaw, D’Arcy Carden, Linda Cardellini, Kristin Chenoweth, Erika Christensen, Laverne Cox, Jackie Cruz, Ted Danson, Viola Davis, Jenna Dewan, Guillermo Diaz, Nina Dobrev, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey, Josh Duhamel, Clark Duke, Mark Duplass, Natalia Dyer, Jenna Elfman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alice Eve, O-T Fagbenle, Fortune Feimster, Georgie Flores, Will Forte, Tan France, Hannah Gadsby, Johnny Galecki, Sara Gilbert, Betty Gilpin, Ilana Glazer, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon, Lauren Graham, Kelsey Grammar, Max Greenfield, Rupert Grint, Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Alyson Hannigan, David Harbour, Marcia Gay Harden, Justin Hartley, Charlie Heaton, Marg Helgenberger, Luke Hemsworth, Marin Hinkle, Anders Holm, Derek Hough, Oliver Hudson, Matt Iseman, Gillian Jacobs, Abbi Jacobson, Jameela Jamil, Mindy Kaling, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Aja Naomi King, Regina King, Jane Krakowski, Peter Krause, Nick Kroll, Padma Lakshmi, Katherine Langford, Ali Larter, Sandra Lee, Ray Liotta, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Mantzoukas, Ricky Martin, Tatiana Maslaney, Kelly McCreary, Dylan McDermott, Joel McHale, Stephen Merchant, Chrissy Metz, Alyssa Milano, Mandy Moore, Jennifer Morrison, Megan Mullally, Niecy Nash, Andrea Navedo, Craig T. Nelson, Thandie Newton, Trevor Noah, Patton Oswalt, Mandy Patinkin, Lauren & Aaron Paul, Tom Payne, Pauley Perrette, Jay Pharoah, Busy Philipps, Dascha Polanco, Adina Porter, Zac Posen, Jaime Pressley, Maggie Q, Issa Rae, Lili Reinhart, Retta, Sam Richardson, Britt Robertson, Debby Ryan, Rodrigo Santoro, Nico Santos, Angela Sarafyan, Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott, Amanda Seyfried, Tony Shalhoub, Molly Shannon, Sarah Silverman, Brittany Snow, Mira Sorvino, Mary Steenburgen, Chris Sullivan, Wanda Sykes, Kenan Thompson, Ashley Tisdale, Allison Tolman, Gina Torres, Michelle Trachtenberg, Skeet Ulrich, Matt Walsh, Derek Waters, Mae Whitman, Samira Wiley, Casey Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Evan Rachel Wood, Zach Woods, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Zegen, 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.