Hollywood Crowd Shows Up For H.E.A.R.T. x Valentino Brunch in Beverly Hills

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Dr. Astrid Heger addresses the crowd at the annual H.E.A.R.T. brunch in Beverly Hills.

Jessica Capshaw, Rosanna Arquette, Elizabeth Berkley and many Hollywood stylists turned up for the annual event, which benefits victims of abuse and their families.

For their 16th annual brunch event, held at a private home in Beverly Hills, the organization  H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Ease Abuse Related Trauma) teamed up with the luxury Italian fashion house Valentino. The group is dedicated to supporting victims of abuse and their families who receive services from the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center.

Among The Hollywood-heavy crowd that flocked to support Dr. Astrid Heger (executive director of the VIP program), were actresses Rosanna Arquette, Elizabeth Berkley, Jessica Capshaw, Frances Fisher, and Hollywood stylists Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, Erica Pelosini, Brad Goreski, as well as fashion designer Rachel Zoe and skin specialist-to-the-stars Dr. Barbara Sturm.

“I’ve heard it’s incredibly emotional, so I’ve got my sunglasses on,” journalist Louise Roe (in a Valentino blouse and skirt) told The Hollywood Reporter.

Indeed, the afternoon was one of passion as Dr. Heger addressed the crowd to discuss the wellbeing of children in America.

“When somebody threatens to dump immigrants in L.A. county as though that’s a punishment, my basic statement is, ‘Bring it on,’” she said to her audience. “We’re ready for them. We know how to help them find a place to be, we know how important it is to have clothes and safety and warmth and acceptance and somebody to help them work through the trauma they’ve gone through. The idea that somebody would turn away a woman who has tried to kill herself twice because she was raped at the border, but she’s trying to keep [her] baby safe, we need to help her and prevent the fact that she would have to abandon that child.”

She continued: “Don’t abandon me. I can’t afford to not be able to answer the question of, ‘How can I help you?’ I can’t go back there.”

After hearing her fiery call to action, the crowd put their dollars to work by shopping from a curated selection of Valentino’s most popular looks from their spring-summer 2019 collection as well as a limited-edition Valentino Garavani handbag that was made specifically for the event.

“Seeing Astrid on the frontline and helping so many kids and families is so beautiful and I love her so much,” Dr. Sturm told THR. “I want to give my manpower and my time to this because it’s incredible and so needed. I have five children. It breaks my heart to hear this and it’s amazing that we’re doing this event and getting so many amazing women together.”

Echoing that sentiment was Bannerman: “Micah and I come from families where non-profit organizations and charities are important to who we are in our DNA. We love motivational outreach and motivational fellowship. We like to be a part of things that take care of the human heart.”

Nearby, Arquette (who has been on the scene of the annual brunch since its beginning) also had words of admiration for Dr. Heger, saying, “Astrid and I work closely together because we have a clinic called the Alexis Project [dedicated to her late sister] which is at the USC medical center that helps LGBTQ youth. I’m so proud of her.”

Arquette, who wore a Valentino jacket and boots, also made sure to bring a sense of consciousness to her ensemble by supporting Denim Day — as did Fisher and Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey. “Today is a day against violence on women and children, and that’s why we’re wearing blue jeans,” she noted, referring to Denim Day's goal of education and awareness around sexual violence.

While not donning denim, Berkley also expressed her commitment to making a difference. “I’ve been in support of the organization for about 12 years now and I can’t say enough about it,” she told THR. “There are a lot of amazing, well-intentioned organizations, but this one really is backed by action on every level and Astrid said in the best way [that] it’s not about surviving, it’s about thriving.”

The actress also noted: “I facilitate self-esteem programs in middle schools and high schools. That’s my mission and [H.E.A.R.T.] definitely fuels me to pour more of my own heart and soul into that work because that’s where I can be of service in Ask-Elizabeth, which is the organization that I facilitate. They inspire me to go even deeper.”