This year’s “Heroes & High Hopes” gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire brought out the kid in everyone, including local teen champions Laure and Daniel Stern.

The Sterns were honored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for their fine efforts on behalf of young folks. They co-founded the Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families and joined several hundred friends, advocates and celebs for the high-profile bash.

If Markey was your man, this funky bunch was your kind of crowd. Mark Wahlberg looked GQ perfect as he boogied into the night wearing a perfectly pressed black silk suit and silver tie. Pal Penny Marshall took a slightly more eclectic approach with her Chinese pajamas, lime-colored granny glasses and glittering green sneakers.

Wahlberg was also among this year’s honorees. The “Truth About Charlie” star, who did jail time on his way to the big time, overcame a troubled childhood with the help of the local Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester, Mass. He remains active on the club’s board of directors, and in 2001 he founded the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation to help inner-city youth. In recognition of his efforts, Wahlberg was honored in the Alumni Hall of Fame.

The Sterns were presented with the Champion of Children Award.



Pierce Brosnan was away doing a promo swing for his new flick “Die Another Day,” but that didn’t stop wife Keely Shaye Smith from opening their home to help a good cause. She invited a small group of flora fans to their Malibu abode for an outdoor afternoon tea as part of the House and Garden Luxuries of the Garden Tour.

The flower-filled journey featured a look at the city’s most exclusive properties with stops in Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood and Bel Air. “We share a passion for gardens and believe this event is a wonderful way for Los Angeles residents to view spectacular gardens in their own backyard,” she said. The event raised $20,000 for Hollywood for Habitat.



So just how large is larger-than-life personality Mike Walker? Big, very big, according to Howard Stern, who predicts an eventual Mike Walker movie based on the life story of the National Enquirer’s famed gossip guru.

Who does the king of all media envision in the title role? None other than boyish Matt Damon. So what does MW say to Stern’s pick? “That would be a good choice,” he concedes over dinner at Granita. “I approve. Besides, we’re both from SOBO (that’s South Boston).” Okay, Matt, considered yourself warned.

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