Monday night, Carol Burnett and Jim Gianopulous, Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment were surrounded by friends and Hollywood heavyweights at Backstage At The Geffen. The fundraiser was chaired by Robert A. Iger and his wife, Willow Bay. Dick Van Dyke and Warren Beatty presented awards to both Burnett and Gianopulous. The Emmy award-winning "Glee" star Jane Lynch hosted the evening.
Guests such as Dana Delany, Andy Garcia, Joe Montegna, Helen Mirren and Matthew Morrison enjoyed a special pre-show dinner by Executive Chef Dakota Weiss at W Hotel's Backyard Restaurant. A Veuve Clicquot champagne toast was also given in honor of the night.
The Geffen Playhouse event was the most successful fundraiser to date -- raising over $1 million to benefit arts education. Proceeds from Backstage At The Geffen help to provide low ticket costs to children, to fund both the Geffen School Tours Program, an elementary school initiative designed to bring theater to schools with little-to-no arts resources and CREATE (Community Representatives Engaged in Active Theater Education).
Photos by Associated Press.
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