LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A star-studded host committee, Academy Awards® nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together on February 25th, 2017 for the 15th annual 'Night Before' party to benefit MPTF. Funds raised during the now-legendary evening will be used to support MPTF in providing social services and financial assistance to the entertainment community, as well as it's 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 million last night, totaling just over $75 million in the event's history.
The 2017 host committee included a lineup of the industry's most elite talent, including Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Casey Affleck, Javier Bardem, Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake, Tanya Haden Black & Jack Black, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, Amal & George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Luciana & Matt Damon, Viola Davis & Julius Tennon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Evans, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brie Larson, Janelle Monáe, Dev Patel, Natalie Portman, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Alicia Vikander, Pauletta & Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, and more.
Attending guests included Jovan Adepo, Riz Ahmed, Malin Akerman, Jessica Alba, Stephen Amell, Dave Annable, Caitriona Balfe, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Beckinsale, Betsy Brandt, Jordana Brewster, Adrien Brody, Yvette Nicole Brown, Erika Christensen, Sacha Baron Cohen, Lily Collins, Dominic Cooper, Laverne Cox, Jackie Cruz, Laura Dern, Nina Dobrev, Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Clea Duvall, Ava DuVernay, Nathalie Emmanuel, Isla Fisher, Michael J. Fox, Andrew Garfield, Tony Goldwyn, Beth Grant, Grace Gummer, Tony Hale, Armie Hammer, Evan Handler, Marcia Gay Harden, Josh Hartnett, Salma Hayek, Simon Helberg, Cheryl Hines, Aldis Hodge, Katie Holmes, Vanessa Hudgens, Isabelle Huppert, Brian d'Arcy James, Ken Jeong, January Jones, Keegan-Michael Key, Jaime King, Aja Naomi King, Zoe Kravitz, Nick Kroll, Christine Lahti, Brie Larson, Kenneth Lonergan, Melanie Lynskey, Kelly McCreary, Matthew Morrison, Ruth Negga, Thandie Newton, BJ Novak, Jack O'Connell, Bob Odenkirk, Timothy Olyphant, Chord Overstreet, Teresa Palmer, Jim Parsons, Aaron Paul, Jeff Perry, Freida Pinto, Glen Powell, Zachary Quinto, Retta, Jason Ritter, Anika Noni Rose, Andy Samberg, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Abigail Spencer, Jeffrey Tambor, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Juno Temple, Emily VanCamp, Vince Vaughn, Jon Voight, Michaela Watkins, Mykelti Williamson, Alfre Woodard, Bellamy Young, and more.
This year's generous presenting sponsors included Chrysler, Delta Air Lines, L'Oréal, Target, and The Hollywood Reporter. The event was held at Fox Studios, where Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo provided specialty foods for the guests and Lavazza, as the official coffee of the 'Night Before,' provided its signature espresso.
"It's hard to put into words what the success of the Night Before has meant to MPTF over these past 15 years," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation. "The event has raised over $75 million to date helping thousands of industry members. In addition to celebrating the artistic achievements of the nominees, the event shines a very bright light on the incredible compassion the Hollywood community extends to each other by supporting the MPTF legacy of Caring For Our Own, a legacy that last year helped thousands in need."
"MPTF is very fortunate to have the support of our incredible presenting sponsors – Target for the past 13 years, L'Oréal for the past 12 years, as well as Chrysler and The Hollywood Reporter for the past 4 years, and Delta Air Lines for the past 3 years – for making it possible for MPTF to bring the entertainment community together in such an enjoyable and yet meaningful celebration. To each of our sponsors and donors, I want to offer my deepest sense of gratitude for the vital financial support generated by this event," added Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation.
The 'Night Before,' held annually the night before the Academy Awards® has become one of the most coveted invitations in town since its inception in 2003.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica reinvents the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling. Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment. With more than 100 available safety and security features, the all-new Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system, and a full array of comfort and convenience technologies, the Chrysler Pacifica is a no-compromises minivan ideally suited for today's families and has earned its spot as the most awarded minivan of the year.
The Pacifica Hybrid takes this revolutionary vehicle a step further with its innovative, advanced hybrid powertrain. It's the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range.
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 323 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a 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 and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.
L'Oréal USA is the largest subsidiary of the L'Oréal Group, the world's leading beauty company. L'Oréal USA manages a portfolio of more than 30 iconic beauty brands, including Atelier Cologne, Garnier, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Kérastase, Lancôme, La Roche-Posay, L'Oréal Paris and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. L'Oréal USA also serves as the international hub for the product development and marketing strategy for L'Oréal's 16 American brands: Baxter of California, Carol's Daughter, Clarisonic, Dermablend, Essie, IT Cosmetics, Kiehl's, Matrix, Maybelline New York, Mizani, NYX Professional Makeup, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Softsheen-Carson, SkinCeuticals and Urban Decay. Generating more than $6 billion in sales annually, L'Oréal USA is committed to growth through sustainable innovation, driven by the company's Sharing Beauty With All ambition for sustainable development across the Group's value chain. The company is headquartered in New York City, employs more than 10,000 people, and operates administrative, research, manufacturing and distribution facilities across 13 states, including Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Washington. For more information, visit www.lorealusa.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @LOrealUSA.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at 1,802 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.
The Hollywood Reporter
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. THR won a 2016 Webby Award for best online film and video in the entertainment category and the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the Special Interest category in 2015 and 2016 in addition to a 2015 and 2016 ASME National Magazine Award nomination for Magazine of the Year and a Gerald Loeb Award nomination for its Studio Chiefs Roundtable. Additionally, the brand took home 10 SoCal journalism awards in 2015 and seven in 2016, including Entertainment Journalist of the Year. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter staff won Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for The Hollywood Reporter in Focus: The Wolf of Wall Street. The Hollywood Reporter and SundanceTV partner to co- produce and broadcast "Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter," an original non-fiction series featuring panels with potential Emmy and Oscar nominees. In June 2016, The Hollywood Reporter launched a new feature, the THR 100, ranking the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood. THR's platforms include an award-winning weekly magazine, dynamic web and mobile sites, a huge social media footprint, and glittery year-round events.
The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group reaches more than 25 million US users a month online per ComScore, with a social footprint of more than 20 million, ranking number 4 among comScore entertainment-news properties in October 2016, delivering news to an audience of industry power players and consumers deeply invested in entertainment content. Follow The Hollywood Reporter on Twitter @thr, on Facebook at facebook.com/HollywoodReporter, on Instagram @hollywoodreporter, and on Snapchat at thrsnaps.
For over 95 years, MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) has served as a safety net for entertainment industry members. As a charitable organization, MPTF provides programs and services essential to the well-being of individuals, their families and the industry community at large, and is a recognized leader in Senior Care and Palliative Care services. MPTF is supported by the generosity of fellow entertainment workers, and corporate donors united by a common thread of Hollywood Helping Hollywood – "We Take Care of Our Own." For more information visit www.MPTF.com and donate at www.mptf.com/donate.
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