LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A star-studded host committee, Academy Awards® nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together on February 27th, 2016 for the 14th 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, which is now celebrating its 95th Anniversary, 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 $70 million in the event's history.
The 2016 host committee included a lineup of the industry's most elite talent, including Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Ben Affleck, Tanya Haden Black & Jack Black, Cate Blanchett & Andrew Upton, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, Amal & George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Luciana & Matt Damon, Viola Davis & Julius Tennon, Robin Dearden & Bryan Cranston, Jenna Dewan-Tatum & Channing Tatum, Leonardo DiCaprio, Deborra-Lee Furness & Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Julianne Moore & Bart Freundlich, Hannah & Eddie Redmayne, Sunrise & Mark Ruffalo, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Alicia Vikander, Pauletta & Denzel Washington, Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks, Kate Winslet, and Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth.
Attending guests included Lenny Abrahamson, Casey Affleck, Shoreh Aghdashloo, Malin Akerman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Sasha Alexander, Stephen Amell, Dave Annable, Will Arnett, Kevin Bacon, Antonio Banderas, Camilla Belle, Chadwick Boseman, Kate Bosworth, Luke Bracey, Zach Braff, Amy Brenneman, Adrien Brody, Neil Brown Jr., Jerry Bruckheimer, Dana Brunetti, Dan Bucatinsky, Mark Burnett, Jessica Capshaw, Mariah Carey, Dave Chappelle, Priyanka Chopra, Erika Christensen, Emilia Clarke, Lily Collins, Common, James Corden, Chase Crawford, Paul Dano, Loretta Devine, Nina Dobrev, Jay Duplass, Clea Duvall, Billy Eichner, Jack Falahee, Blye Pagon Faust, Jon Favreau, Scott Foley, Peter Fonda, James Franco, Morgan Freeman, Joanne Froggatt, Donald Glover, Walton Goggins, Jeff Goldblum, Topher Grace, Heather Graham, Judy Greer, Melanie Griffith, Marcia Gay Harden, Cheryl Hines, Tom Hooper, Alan Horn, Djimon Hounsou, Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Hutcherson, Sarah Hyland, Gillian Jacobs, Famke Janssen, Don Johnson, Nick Jonas, Mindy Kaling, Zoe Kazan, Megyn Kelly, Robert Kennedy Jr., Keegan-Michael Key, Aja Naomi King, Zoe Kravitz, Christine Lahti, Jared Leto, Evangeline Lilly, Hamish Linklater, Ray Liotta, Zoe Lister-Jones, LL Cool J, Melanie Lynskey, Andie MacDowell, Anthony Mackie, Kyle MacLachlan, Camryn Manheim, Tom McCarthy, Kelly McCreary, Matt McGorry, Kate McKinnon, Katharine McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn, Thomas Middleditch, Michelle Monaghan, Matthew Morrison, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Cynthia Nixon, Christopher Nolan, Chris Noth, BJ Novak, Chris O'Dowd, Bob Odenkirk, Jim Parsons, Paula Patton, Jeff Perry, Jay Pharoah, Glenn Powell, Jack Quaid, Lily Rabe, Andrew Rannells, Emily Ratajkowski, Jeremy Renner, Jason Ritter, Nicole Rocklin, Aaron Rodgers, Anika Noni Rose, Meg Ryan, Skyler Samuels, Kyra Sedgwick, Andy Serkis, J.K. Simmons, Alexander Skarsgard, Brittany Snow, David Spade, Abigail Spencer, Darby Stanchfield, Patrick Stewart, Julia Stiles, Geoff Stults, Juno Temple, Marisa Tomei, Michelle Trachtenberg, Emily VanCamp, Vince Vaughn, Ed Weeks, Paul Wesley, Finn Wittrock, Bellamy Young, Hans Zimmer, and more.
This year's generous presenting sponsors included Chrysler, Delta Air Lines, L'Oréal, MasterCard in support of Stand Up To Cancer, Target, and The Hollywood Reporter. For the first time, the event was held at Raleigh 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.
"As MPTF celebrates its 95th Anniversary, the Night Before shines a very bright spotlight on the incredible generosity of our community," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation and Chairman of the MPTF Foundation. "We come together each year in the spirit of giving back to our own and are extremely grateful for the support Night Before receives to make these efforts possible."
"95 years ago Hollywood created MPTF by having an event at The Beverly Hills Speedway that raised $10,000. The first financial assistance grants to an actor and his wife to pay their rent when he became too sick to work was made possible by that event. Tonight MPTF will raise over $5 million so we can help thousands of industry workers from all sides of the business thanks to our presenting sponsors and our donors. There are simply not enough words to express our deepest appreciation for everyone who has come together to make this possible and continuing the legacy of "caring for our own," said Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation.
The 'Night Before,' held annually the night before the Academy Awards®, was produced for the 14th consecutive year by Robyn Leuthe Norris, with Silver Birches creating the décor 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.
The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology all at an extraordinary value since the company was founded in 1925.
Whether it is the family-room-on-wheels functionality of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, the groundbreaking, bold design of the Chrysler 300, or the simple elegance and extraordinary driving experience of the Chrysler 200, Chrysler brand vehicles reward the passion, creativity and sense of accomplishment of its owners. Beyond just exceptionally designed vehicles, the Chrysler brand has incorporated thoughtful features into all of its products, such as the innovative center console with pass through storage and sliding cup holders in the Chrysler 200, the industry-exclusive Stow 'n Go® seating and storage system on the Chrysler Pacifica and the fuel-saving Fuel Saver Technology in the Chrysler 300.
The Chrysler brand's succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand's standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. 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. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented five consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 328 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 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 trans-Atlantic 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, 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, Facebook.com/delta and Delta's blog takingoff.delta.com.
"L'Oréal Paris and our sister brands Kiehl's Since 1851, Urban Decay, and Yves Saint Laurent Beaute are honored to support MPTF's 95th year of giving back to the entertainment industry," said Karen T. Fondu, President, L'Oréal Paris. "'Because You're Worth It,' is our brand philosophy at L'Oréal Paris, and we are pleased to support an industry that enlightens, entertains and empowers people all over the world."
L'Oréal USA is the largest subsidiary of the L'Oréal Group, the worldwide leader in beauty. L'Oréal USA manages a portfolio of more than 30 iconic beauty brands, including Carol's Daughter, Clarisonic, Essie, Garnier, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Kérastase, Kiehl's, Lancôme, L'Oréal Paris, Matrix, Maybelline New York, NYX, Redken, Urban Decay and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. In addition to its corporate headquarters in New York City, L'Oréal USA has research, manufacturing and distribution facilities across 13 other states including Arkansas, California, Florida, 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.
MasterCard, www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world's fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard's products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at 1,792 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 the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the Special Interest category in 2015 and 2016 in addition to receiving ASME National Magazine Award nominations for Magazine of the Year for the past two years running. Additionally, the brand took home 10 SoCal journalism awards in 2015, more than any other news outlet, in categories including Best Website and Entertainment Journalist of the Year.
The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group reached 30 million individuals worldwide online in July 2015, ranking number 5 among comScore entertainment-news properties, delivering news to an audience of industry power players and consumers deeply invested in entertainment content. 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'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. The Hollywood Reporter and SundanceTV partnered together in 2015 to co-produce and broadcast "Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter," an original non-fiction series featuring panels with potential 2015 Emmy nominees. Follow The Hollywood Reporter on Twitter @thr and on Facebook at facebook.com/HollywoodReporter and on Instagram @hollywoodreporter.
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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