They were raising the roof at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel as L.A. Family Housing honored a spate of notables, including biz-whiz Steve Soboroff. Locals like Alfredo and Robin Trento were among the gala goers who joined in the festivities. After a lively cocktail bash, LAFH friends and supporters tucked into a homey hotel feast.
Soboroff was presented with the Sidney M. Irmas Humanitarian Award for his commitment to community service. Representatives from CitiBank were saluted with the Friends of the Family Award. Stand up guy Gary Cannon served as master of ceremonies for the evening, which also included musical performances by Anne Dalley and Cassandra Delaney Denver.
LAFH provides emergency, transitional and permanent housing for 15,000 people every year. The gala raised $750,000 to make sure there’s no place like home.
At-risk kids found themselves clicking with some of Hollywood’s biggest names. They all joined forces for the Huckleberry Fund’s annual photo art auction and gala. The event featured images captured by film vets Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino and William H. Macy, as well as local shutterbugs like Mel Gibson, James Brolin, David Duchovny, Téa Leoni, Barbra Streisand, Martin Sheen and Tommy Lee.
“Meet the Fockers” funnyman and photo-buff Ben Stiller hosted the flashy event along with his wife, Christine Taylor.
After admiring countless creations, Ben and the gang grooved to the sounds of Audrey Bernstein and the Bel Airs. In addition to art programs and innovative parties, the Huckleberry Fund provides heath care, outreach and treatment services to inner-city kids.
HE’LL BE BACK
Since sweeping the Oscars a few years back with his mega hit “Titanic,” Malibu director James Cameron has been busy making documentaries about his undersea adventures. But soon, the king of the world will be coming up for air.
JC returns to his sci-fi roots with “Battle Angel,” a futuristic 3-D flick set in the 26th century. The movie is expected to be an epic of Cameron proportions, two years in the making with some 1,500 visual effects.
Before making a splash with “Titanic,” Cameron tantalized millions of moviegoers with the two “Terminator” movies as well as the ultra creepy monster bash, “Aliens.” After a 10-year absence, he’s sure to give sci-fi fans something to celebrate.