LOS ANGELES, March 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A star-studded host committee, Academy Awards® nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together on March 3rd, 2018 for the 16th annual 'Night Before' party to benefit MPTF. Funds raised during the 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 $80 million in the event's history.
The 2018 host committee included a lineup of the industry's most elite talent, including Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Tanya Haden Black & Jack Black, Mary J. Blige, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gal Gadot & Jaron Varsano, Greta Gerwig, Allison Janney, Sharon & Richard Jenkins, Brie Larson, Margot Robbie & Tom Ackerley, Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, Pauletta & Denzel Washington, Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks, and Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth.
Attending guests included Katie Aselton, Angela Bassett, Kate Beckinsale, Camilla Belle, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Chadwick Boseman, Sofia Boutella, Amy Brenneman, Connie Britton, Adrien Brody, Billy Brown, Kobe Bryant, Ty Burrell, Erika Christensen, George Clooney, Laverne Cox, Darren Criss, Viola Davis, Kristin Davis, Rosario Dawson, Guillermo del Toro, Laura Dern, Zoey Deutch, Loretta Devine, Rosemarie DeWitt, Daveed Diggs, Nina Dobrev, Michael Douglas, Emma Dumont, Mark Duplass, Clea Duvall, Lisa Edelstein, Billy Eichner, Ansel Elgort, Jay Ellis, Jon Favreau, Fortune Feimster, Beanie Feldstein, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Fillion, Frances Fisher, Scott Foley, Peter Fonda, David Foster, Jamie Foxx, Isabelle Fuhrman, Betty Gabriel, Josh Gad, Tony Goldwyn, Eiza Gonzalez, Emily V. Gordon, Heather Graham, Beth Grant, Grace Gummer, Mamie Gummer, Danai Gurira, Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Chris Hardwick, Sally Hawkins, Lydia Hearst, Gaby Hoffman, Tom Holland, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Jon Huertas, Oscar Isaac, Samuel L. Jackson, Blake Jenner, January Jones, Ashley Judd, Daniel Kaluuya, Michael Keaton, Arielle Kebbel, Keegan-Michael Key, Jaime King, Pom Klementieff, Heidi Klum, Zoe Kravitz, Nick Kroll, Amy Landecker, Joy Lenz, Judith Light, Hamish Linklater, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey, Andie MacDowell, Allen Maldonado, Joe Manganiello, Camryn Manheim, Jason Mantzoukas, Tatiana Maslany, Eric McCormack, Jake McDorman, Frances McDormand, Katharine McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn, Cami Mendes, Shawn Mendes, Jesse Metcalfe, Helen Mirren, Michelle Monaghan, Natalie Morales, Elisabeth Moss, Mirai Nagasu, Kumail Nanjiani, Hari Nef, Christopher Nolan, Christopher Noth, Bob Odenkirk, Gary Oldman, Danielle Panabaker, Pedro Pascal, Benj Pasek, Aaron Paul, Justin Paul, Nasim Pedrad, Tyler Perry, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jaime Pressly, Jack Quaid, Lily Rabe, Retta, Tony Revolori, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Ritter, Britt Robertson, Ray Romano, Evan Ross, Halston Sage, Caterina Scorsone, Reid Scott, Andy Serkis, Keesha Sharp, Alex Shibutani, Maia Shibutani, Alicia Silverstone, John Slattery, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Brittany Snow, Mira Sorvino, Abigail Spencer, Sebastian Stan, Patrick Stewart, Eric Stonestreet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Maura Tierney, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kelly Marie Tran, Sofia Vergara, Lena Waithe, Christopher Walken, Matt Walsh, Diane Warren, Bradley Whitford, Edgar Wright, Bellamy Young, and more.
This year's generous presenting sponsors included Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, L'Oréal, Target, The Hollywood Reporter, and YouTube. 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.
"I am so grateful for the generosity of the Presenting Sponsors and donors for making the 'Night Before' an amazing evening every year. It is not only the largest fundraiser each year for the MPTF, having raised over $80m over the sixteen years, but it is also the perfect way to bring the industry together in the spirit of a community that truly takes care of its own. This spirit translates into thousands of industry workers at all levels and at all ages being helped whenever a momentary crisis or need happens in their lives. This safety net of services is needed now more than ever before and we all must play our part to ensure the MPTF remains vital," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman 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.
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2018, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the seventh time in eight years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented seven consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 314 destinations in 54 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, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, São Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, 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.
Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 202,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
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 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 11,000 people, and operates administrative, research, manufacturing and distribution facilities across 14 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 1,834 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars 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 was nominated for a 2017 Webby in the magazine website category. THR also picked up 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, seven in 2016, and 14 in 2017, including online journalist of the year and best blog honors for "The Race" and "THR Esq."
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," a Daytime Emmy-nominated original non-fiction series featuring panels with potential Emmy and Oscar nominees. 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 42 million US users a month online per ComScore, with a social footprint of more than 31 million, ranking number 15 among comScore entertainment properties in August 2017, delivering news to an audience of industry power players and consumers deeply invested in entertainment content. In July 2017, The Hollywood Reporter saw record-breaking audience growth, with 23.4 million unique monthly visitors to THR.com, representing a 70 percent year-over-year rise. Follow The Hollywood Reporter on Twitter @thr, on Facebook at facebook.com/HollywoodReporter, on Instagram @hollywoodreporter, and on Snapchat at thrsnaps.
Launched in May 2005, YouTube's mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world. We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share, and build community through our stories. YouTube is a Google company.
MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) supports the entertainment community in living and aging well, with dignity and purpose, and in helping each other in times of need. What began more than 95 years ago as the Motion Picture Relief Fund has, today, flourished into MPTF, a comprehensive service organization that remains at the core of the entertainment industry. MPTF belongs to everyone in the entertainment business and its successes are embodied in the spirit of stepping up and giving back. With the engagement and generosity of thousands of people from within the entertainment industry community, MPTF serves thousands in the entertainment community each year with financial assistance, social services, and retirement living. The entertainment industry has a longtime history of taking care of its own like no other industry in the world. People are at the heart of what MPTF does each day, and it is the extraordinary generosity of countless donors, families, and volunteers that enables the organization to deliver services to industry members in need. Visit mptf.com, facebook.com/mptf, and on Instagram and Twitter @MPTF.
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