Halle Berry, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell (the mutton-chops are for a role), Chris O’Donnell, and artists like Shepard Fairey, Alec Monopoly, Mr. Brainwash, and more came together to raise over $2 million dollars for UCLA’s Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute. There was a silent auction for artwork by everyone from Charles Arnoldi to Ed Ruscha. The live auction picked up after a performance by Aloe Blacc (he also killed it performing at the Dodger’s first gala last month), who then donated a studio acoustic session at the winning bidder’s home. The winning bidder? Honoree Halle Berry, who split the prize with a tablemate.
Berry took to the stage at 3LABS to accept her award but seemed to be more proud of her seven-year-old daughter, Nahla. “I took my daughter to Nicaragua, and she saw all these children that had little to nothing,” Berry said, “but she also saw that they were happy, and she thought, ‘Wow, I don’t need two bikes, do I? Wow. I don’t need 15 American Girl dolls, do I? No.’ When we got home, she was so moved by the need of these little children that she packed together all of her dolls, she packed up one of her bikes, and she started a lemonade stand. And she said, ‘Mommy, I am going to do this lemonade stand at least two times a month, and I’m going to take all the money and send it over to those children in Nicaragua.’ And I’m proud to say that not only did she send that box of stuff, she’s still putting together boxes of stuff and she’s still doing those lemonade stands. I’m so proud.” Other awardees included Kelvin Davis, Halston Sage, and little Charlie Croxall, who received the “Extraordinary Children’s Award” in a fab lime green suit.
The 750+ guests dined family-style at long tables while occasionally leaving to check on the status of the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight that was showing on big screens in an adjoining room. Co-chair Chloe Sommer definitely wore the most photographed dress of the evening: a wonderful gown with hand-drawn illustrations on it that was created by her late mother, who was a fashion designer. “I think it might be the last dress she designed and wore to a gala herself,” Sommer added. The winners of the night? Floyd Mayweather and the fundraisers for the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute.