Goldie Hawn Advocates for Mental Health Awareness at Annual Charity Bash
The MindUP fundraiser turned into a dance party Friday night at Green Acres Estate.
Goldie Hawn hosted her annual Goldie's Love In for Kids bash on Friday night at the sprawling Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills. The event was a celebration and fundraiser for her charitable foundation MindUP, which develops programs to support mental wellness and increased focus for children in grades K through 8.
The evening was a family affair, as Hawn was joined by her longtime partner Kurt Russell as well as daughter Kate Hudson, son Wyatt Russell and grandson Ryder Robinson.
Hudson walked the carpet with Robinson, and they were both sporting similar close-cropped haircuts after Kate buzzed her golden locks to prepare for a role in the upcoming film Sister.
Hudson spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the incredible passion her mom brought to the MindUP program and what it meant to her.
"It’s so great. If you knew what has gone into her creating this foundation, and the work that she has put behind this, and the passion that she has for these kids and the program," she said. "It’s incredible to see the growth — it’s quite emotional because I know how much she really cares."
Rather than a sit-down dinner, guests ate from a number of different dining stations set up by popular Los Angeles restaurants like BBQ hotspot Barrel and Ashes, Catch and Craigs. Chelsea Handler served as the evening’s mistress of ceremonies and tennis star Novak Djokovic was honored for the work he has done with the foundation.
MindUP is dedicated to changing the culture in America’s schools, and Hawn related that struggle to what it would take to change the culture of harassment in Hollywood, in light of the troubling sexual assault allegations being brought against so many powerful men.
"Awareness, personal responsibility, conscience and empathy — I think all those things are part of change. I think that’s what we’re doing with MindUP in the classroom," the actress told THR.
For his part, Kurt Russell expressed little sympathy for the men who had have lost their jobs after being accused of assaulting women.
"This was all coming, it’s good that it comes out," he told THR. "If you’re going to be tossed out because of it, then find another thing to do. If that’s the game you guys want to play, then I’m not interested in it — bye, see ya."
The evening itself was a tremendous success, raising over $1.3 million to support the foundation and ending with Hawn and her entire family breaking it down on the dance floor.