Workaholics’ Jillian Bell, The Strain’s Kevin Durand, Gone Girl’s Missi Pyle and Southpaw’s Miguel Gomez were among the notables in attendance Sunday night at the Next Door Lounge in Hollywood to raise funds to find a cure for breast cancer.
Jessica Sherman, the creator behind “A Cause for Entertainment,” brought together an event and an auction that was filled with positivity, laughter and a newfound togetherness to obliterate the disease.
“Initially it was because of my grandmother, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and colon cancer at the same time,” stated Sherman, illustrating how close to home this disease has hit her and why it is her goal to raise these funds. “The money we raise will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care, fund educational programs and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures.”
The raffle items included Workaholics signed memorabilia, a Bates Motel script signed by Freddie Highmore, two tickets to The Black Version at the Largo, an Interstellar movie poster signed by Jonathan Nolan and more.
“We need to do everything we can to rally the troops and fight it as best as we can,” said Durand, who also has family members who have suffered from cancer. “It’s nice when you come into a city — I’m a small-town boy from Canada — and you go into rooms where people are kind and real and it gives you hope in such a competitive and scary industry.”
Bell, who lost her father to kidney cancer, gave motivational direction when it comes to those who are fighting the battle: “If you can laugh, laugh. You cannot take your life so seriously, even though this is the most serious thing that could possibly happen to you.”
The event, which raised approximately $15,000, was filled with hope and humor. Said Pyle, who emceed: “We are supporting breasts, more than a Double D underwire, cross- your-heart support bra.”