9th Annual "Evening Before" Benefitting Motion Picture & Television Fund

Sep 20, 2015, 13:24 ET from MPTF

CENTURY CITY, Calif., Sept. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Television's biggest night took place in Century City, CA Saturday, September 19th, where the entertainment industry came together for the ninth 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.  "The Evening Before is a celebration of the achievement of a few, and an opportunity for the generosity of many, so that MPTF can provide care and service to everyone in our business.  We are very grateful for the extraordinary support of our sponsors and industry donors at the Evening Before that supports the millions of dollars for the MPTF charitable programs and services conducted each year," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DWA and Chairman of the MPTF Foundation.

The Ninth Annual "Evening Before" Host Committee consisted of Christina Applegate, Matt Bomer & Simon Halls, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Kathryn & Kyle Chandler, Viola Davis & Julius Tennon, America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams, Tony Goldwyn, Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann, Allison Janney, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler, Taylor Schilling, Kevin Spacey, Octavia Spencer, Eric Stonestreet, Jeffrey Tambor, Kerry Washington, and Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber.

The Executive Host Committee included J.J. Abrams, Matthew C. Blank, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Charlie Collier, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Nancy Dubuc, Robert Greenblatt, Bonnie Hammer, Ted Harbert, Doug Herzog, John Landgraf, Paul & Deirdre Lee, Michael Lombardo, David Nevins, Gary Newman, Richard Plepler, Roy Price, Kevin Reilly, Peter Rice, Peter Roth, Josh Sapan, Ted Sarandos, Ryan Seacrest, Ben Sherwood & Karen Kehela Sherwood, Nina Tassler, Dana Walden, and Dick Wolf.

This year's presenting sponsors were Delta Air Lines, essie, the FIAT Brand, Netflix, PEOPLE, and Target.

"This year MPTF will serve thousands of industry workers and their families in countless ways from counseling services, financial assistance and even child care scholarships for parents in between shows.  The Evening Before is the perfect reminder of Hollywood's big heart that has supported the commitment of caring for our own for 94 years," said Ken Scherer, CEO of MPTF Foundation.

Among the celebrities who attended this year's event were Uzo Aduba, Khandi Alexander, Sasha Alexander, Will Arnett, David Arquette, Jonathan Banks, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Mayim Biyalik, Diego Boneta, Kate Bosworth, Josh Bowman, Lorraine Bracco, Betsy Brandt, Amy Brenneman, Beau  Bridges, Adrian Brody, Danielle Brooks, Dan Bucatinsky, Tituss Burgess, Naomi  Campbell, Jessica Capshaw, Justin Chambers, Anna Chlumsky, Erika Christensen, Gwendoline Christie, Louis CK, Gary Cole, Chris Colfer, Laverne Cox, Chase Crawford, Jackie Cruz, Alan Cumming, Joan Cusack, Hugh  Dancy, Claire Danes, Dana Delaney, Loretta Devine, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rosemarie DeWitt, Alfred Enoch, Edie Falco, Scott Foley, Vince Gilligan, Lauren Graham, Clark Gregg & Jennifer Grey, Tony  Hale, Marcia Gay Harden, Jon Hamm, Angie Harmon, Christina Hendricks, Miles Hizer, Gaby Hoffmann, Derek Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Avan Jogia, Don Johnson, Minka Kelly, Michael Kelly, Keegan-Michael Key, Jimmy  Kimmel, Jaime King, Aja Naomi King, Regina King, Jane Krakowski, Peter Krause, Lisa Kudrow, Padma Lakshmi, Ron Livingston, LL COOL J, Justin Long, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Andie MacDowell, Mia Maestro, Taryn Manning, Tatiana Maslany, Kelly McCreary, Kyle MacLachlan, Katharine McPhee, Alyssa Milano, Cristin  Milioti, Kate Mulgrew, Trevor Noah, Timothy Olyphant, Adam Pally, Mandy Patinkin, Nasim  Pedrad, Jordan Peele, Chelsea Peretti, Evan Peters, Ellen Pompeo, Zac Posen, Jaime Pressly, Josh Radnor, Retta, Lisa Rinna, Doc Rivers, Gina Rodriguez, Tracee Ellis Ross, Fred Savage, Paul Scheer, Pablo Schreiber, John Slattery, Karla Souza, David Spade, John Stamos, Lily Tomlin, Lorraine Toussaint, Emily VanCamp, Kate Walsh, Matthew Weiner, Ming-Na Wen, Paul Wesley, Shane West, Bradley Whitford, Mae Whitman, Jesse Williams, Casey Wilson, Bellamy Young, Constance Zimmer, among many others.

Robyn Leuthe Norris produced the "Evening Before" for the ninth consecutive year, with designs of a relaxed town square atmosphere in the park, by Silver Birches.

The event is designed after the highly successful "Night Before," another fundraiser held annually before the Academy Awards® for the past thirteen years to benefit MPTF.

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines serves more than 170 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 four consecutive years, a first for any airline. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 58 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 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 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.


America's nail salon expert since 1981, essie was founded in New York City by Essie Weingarten. essie is beloved for its visionary approach to nail lacquer featuring catchy, clever names that created a new standard for the category. A leader in luxury, essie is the go-to nail brand for beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and women of style in over 100 countries. As the color authority, essie is center stage on runways around the world from New York to Paris. essie offers highly-anticipated color collections, exclusively curated by the brand's Global Color Designer, Rebecca Minkoff. essie is committed to safe standards with an award-winning line of nail care products and more than 900 shades to date. We can be found on: essie.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and YouTube.

FIAT Brand

The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. That philosophy is embodied by the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is sold in more than 100 countries around the world and is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function, technology and a pride of ownership that is genuine.
In North America, the Fiat 500 was introduced in March 2011 and was soon followed by the Fiat 500c (Cabrio), the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e and the five-passenger Fiat 500L. The FIAT brand continues to expand with the introduction of the Fiat 500X, an all-new crossover that combines Italian style with functionality, performance and all-wheel drive confidence. The all-new Fiat 500X arrived at FIAT studios in the second quarter of 2015.


Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with over 65 million members in over 50 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.


Time Inc.'s PEOPLE revolutionized personality journalism when it launched as a weekly in 1974 to celebrate extraordinary people doing ordinary things and ordinary people doing extraordinary thingsUbiquitous and still at the center of pop culture more than 40 years later, the PEOPLE brand is accessible on all surfaces (print, digital, video, mobile, social) bringing more than 75 million consumers a unique mix of breaking news, exclusive photos, video, and in-depth reporting on the most compelling newsmakers of our time.  In addition, comScore ranks the PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Network No. 1 in the entertainment news category.  Each year major media across the globe anticipate the cover reveal of PEOPLE's most famous franchise, the Sexiest Man Alive (which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015) sparking a lively debate on social media.  With a trusted reputation and unparalleled access to the red carpet, celebrities, and entertainment, an essential component of PEOPLE's editorial vision remains human interest stories, which touch and often mirror the lives of our passionate audience.  PEOPLE is an award-winning 24/7 news organization headquartered in New York City with reporters across the globe.  For more information visit PEOPLE.com and Timeinc.com, and follow @people on social media.


Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,799 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 Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

Motion Picture & Television Fund

For more than 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 wellbeing of the community and is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for seniors and those who care for them. For more information, visit www.mptf.com.