LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A star-studded host committee, Academy Awards® nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together on February 21st, 2015 for the 13th annual 'Night Before' party to benefit MPTF. Funds raised during the now-legendary evening will be used to support MPTF in providing social services, financial assistance, a renowned retirement community and innovative programs for seniors and those who care for them. The organization impacts thousands of people each year who have committed their lives to a career in entertainment. The annual event raised $5.2 million last night, totaling just over $65 million in the event's history.
The 2015 host committee included a lineup of the industry's most elite talent, including Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux, Tanya Haden Black & Jack Black, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Viola Davis & Julius Tennon, Jenna Dewan-Tatum & Channing Tatum, Cameron Diaz & Benji Madden, Susan Downey & Robert Downey Jr., Deborra-Lee Furness & Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sophie Hunter & Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson & Romain Dauriac, Hannah & Eddie Redmayne, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Christine Taylor & Ben Stiller, Pauletta & Denzel Washington, Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks, and Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth.
Attending guests included Amy Adams, Malin Akerman, Patricia Arquette, Jeff Bewkes, Cate Blanchett, Adrian Brody, Mark Burnett, Ty Burrell, James Corden, Kristin Davis, Laura Dern, Danny DeVito, Nina Dobrev, Idris Elba, Ansel Elgort, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, America Ferrera, Laurence Fishburne, Frances Fisher, Scott Foley, Tony Goldwyn, Tony Hale, Marcia Gay Harden, Angie Harmon, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Hough, Sarah Hyland, Bob Iger, Allison Janney, Dakota Johnson, January Jones, Mindy Kaling, Michael Keaton, Anna Kendrick, Jared Leto, Judith Light, Natasha Lyonne, Joe Manganiello, Seth McFarlane, Christopher Nolan, Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Brett Ratner, Bryan L. Roberts, Jenny Slate, Zack Snyder, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Scott Stuber, Kevin Systrom, Kevin Tsujihara, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Luke Wilson, Bellamy Young, and many more.
This year's generous presenting sponsors included Delta Air Lines, Dodge, L'Oreal, Relativity, Target and The Hollywood Reporter. For the first time, the event was held at a soundstage on the Fox lot, where renowned chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques provided a specialty buffet station for guests.
"On Oscar night, we celebrate the creative excellence of our industry, while the 'Night Before' demonstrates the deep generosity and compassion of our community," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation and Chairman of the MPTF Foundation. "We're truly grateful for the ongoing support that enables MPTF to provide its invaluable services to those in need."
"It is a tribute to our sponsors at all levels who are so engaged in our mission in ways that far exceed their participation in the 'Night Before,'" said Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation. "Our sponsors make it possible for MPTF to provide nearly $20 million annual in charitable programs and services on the Wasserman campus and throughout Southern California."
The 'Night Before,' held annually the night before the Academy Awards®, was produced for the 13th 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.
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 170 million customers each year. Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for four consecutive years, a first for any airline. Additionally, Delta was named to FORTUNE magazine's top 50 World's Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fourth time in five years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 326 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta's blog takingoff.delta.com.
The Dodge brand is America's mainstream performance brand. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to its performance roots with every single model it offers. The Dodge and SRT brands offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge is the "mainstream performance" brand and SRT is positioned as the "ultimate performance" halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.
From muscle cars to compact cars, minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand's full lineup of 2015 models deliver best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, dual exhaust, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment centers and 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2015 model year, customers will be able to drive the new 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger, as well as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat. The Dodge brand lineup also includes the 2015 Dodge Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey, including the new Crossroad model, and its flagship, the Dodge Viper.
"L'Oreal Paris and our sister brands LANCOME, Kiehl's Since 1851 and Clarisonic are honored to support MPTF's 94th year of giving back to the entertainment industry," said Karen T. Fondu, President, L'Oreal Paris. "'Because You're Worth It,' is our brand philosophy at L'Oreal Paris, and we are pleased to support an industry that enlightens, entertains and empowers people all over the world."
L'Oreal USA is the largest subsidiary of the L'Oreal Group, the worldwide leader in beauty. L'Oreal USA manages a portfolio of 28 iconic global beauty brands, including Clarisonic, Essie, Garnier, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Kerastase, Kiehl's Since 1851, Lancome, L'Oreal Paris, Matrix, Maybelline New York, NYX, Redken, Soft-Sheen Carson, Urban Decay and Yves Saint Laurent Beaute. In addition to its corporate headquarters in New York City, L'Oreal USA has research, manufacturing, distribution and retail facilities across thirteen other states including Arkansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Washington with a workforce of more than 10,000 employees. For more information, visit www.LorealUSA.com or follow on Twitter @LOrealUSA.
"Relativity is proud to partner once again with Jeffrey Katzenberg to support MPTF," said Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity. "MPTF is an incredibly important organization that serves tens of thousands in our industry. This night provides a great opportunity for us to come together as a creative community and further support MPTF's outstanding work."
Relativity (relativitymedia.com) is a next-generation global media company engaged in multiple aspects of content production and distribution, including movies, television, fashion, sports, digital and music. More than just a collection of entertainment-related businesses, Relativity is a content engine with the ability to leverage each of these business units, independently and together, to create content across all mediums, giving consumers what they want, when they want it.
Relativity Studios, the company's largest division, has produced, distributed or structured financing for more than 200 motion pictures, generating more than $17 billion in worldwide box-office revenue and earning 60 Oscar nominations. Relativity's films include Oculus, Safe Haven, Act of Valor, Immortals, Limitless, and The Fighter. Upcoming releases include Desert Dancer and Masterminds.
"On the eve of one of Hollywood's biggest nights, this event is an opportunity for Target to strengthen our brand's relationship with the entertainment community, and most importantly, support the Motion Picture and Television Fund," said Dan Griffis, vice president, Experiential Marketing and Alliances, Target. "It's a night we look forward to every awards season."
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,790 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.
The Hollywood Reporter
"We are proud to support one of Hollywood's most important nights, one where glamour and good come together," said Guggenheim Media's Entertainment Group co-President and Chief Creative Officer Janice Min. "It is an honor to be a part of Jeffrey's commitment of Hollywood helping Hollywood."
The Hollywood Reporter is the entertainment industry's flagship media brand. With in-depth reporting, analysis, unprecedented access, world-class photography and video, and feature exclusives, The Hollywood Reporter is the definitive source for breaking entertainment and business news and was recently recognized by the American Society of Magazine Editors, winning the 2015 National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the category of Special Interest Magazines.
Founded in 1930 as a trade-only publication, The Hollywood Reporter reached an all-time high of 24.2 million individuals worldwide online at thr.com in January 2015, and over 224,000 readers in its weekly magazine, delivering news to an audience of industry power players and consumers deeply invested in entertainment content. The Hollywood Reporter's platforms include an award-winning weekly magazine, dynamic web and mobile sites, festival and awards season apps, tablet, iPad editions, social media, and branded events. Follow The Hollywood Reporter on Twitter @thr and on Facebook at facebook.com/HollywoodReporter.
For over 90 years, MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) has served as a beacon of hope for entertainment industry members in their time of need. As a charitable organization, MPTF provides financial assistance and services essential to the well-being of the community and is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for seniors and those who care for them. MPTF is supported by the generosity of corporate donors and fellow entertainment industry members who contribute their time and money because they believe in the critical importance of Hollywood Helping Hollywood. For more information, visit www.mptf.com.