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Jenna Dewan, Jennifer Garner, Zooey Deschanel and Zoe Saldana were just a few of the moms who came out to raise funds and honor Amy Adams at the 2018 Baby2Baby Gala presented by Paul Mitchell on Saturday night at the 3Labs event space in Culver City.
The reality of the raging California wildfires was never far from anyone’s mind as ash from those fires floated down onto the red carpet.
In addition to an auction of high-end items, including a vacation to the Montage Los Cabos and tickets to the upcoming Pacquiao Mayweather fight, Hollywood luminaries stepped up big time with cash donations. WME co-founder Ari Emanuel and NBA superstar Kobe Bryant each gave $100,000 and Jessica Alba donated $50,000 to contribute to a fundraising haul that exceeded $4 million dollars for the night.
Busy Philipps told reporters that Baby2Baby co-presidents Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof were working overtime to gather supplies for thousands of displaced families from the California wildfires.
“I know Nora, who’s one of the heads of Baby2Baby, I called her yesterday and she answered the phone saying, ‘I know you’re calling about the California wildfires, here’s what we have in place, here is our plan, here’s what you can do,’ and you know, that’s because she fields those calls all day long when things like the wildfires and hurricanes happen,” Philipps said.
Adams was honored with the Giving Tree Award for her commitment to helping children living in poverty. She told reporters why being a part of the organization was so important to her.
“There’s a lot of people in need, but when you focus on one group, which is children between zero to 12, you understand very specifically what those essentials are,” Adams said. “But it also helps the parents out. I’ve heard stories about how it helped a woman go to work so she could put her kids in day care. She could buy food because she wasn’t worried about buying diapers. It just helps the whole family.”
Following the conclusion of the ceremony, rapper Mase had the audience dancing at their tables as he performed his throwback hits “Feels So Good” and “Mo Money Mo Problems.” Guests enjoyed a fare from top L.A. restaurants such as smoked pork shoulder from Majordomo, lobster rolls from Son of a Gun and sushi from Kazunori, curated by restauranteurs Jon & Vinny’s Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. “We take this personally because we truly support Baby2Baby’s work and believe in their mission,” Dotolo told THR. “The number of talented chefs who are a part of this evening each year is representative of the culinary community’s commitment to this cause.”
Wiz Khalifa later jumped on the turntables and deejayed the afterparty as attendees dug into late night eats: slices of Jon and Vinny’s pizza and dessert from Milk Bar and Ridges Churro Truck.
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