USC Shoah Foundation Ambassadors for Humanity Gala
Quotes of Note from Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Mellody Hobson & Harrison Ford at the Ambassadors for Humanity Gala
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and the USC Shoah Foundation honored filmmaker George Lucas and his investment executive-wife, Mellody Hobson, for their commitment to education, diversity and humanitarian efforts during the Ambassadors for Humanity Gala at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland center in Hollywood.
Presented by the Walt Disney Co., the Dec. 8 dinner raised $3.5 million for the foundation, also known as the Institute for Visual History and Education.
Gala host James Corden, star of CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” came onstage after a welcome by “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and remarks by Shoah Foundation executive director Stephen D. Smith, USC President C.L. Max Nikias and other guest speakers.
“This is really some heart-wrenching stuff that I’m following tonight,” said Corden before explaining his mission to tell jokes after hearing about the institute’s work to archive testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other global genocides.
“Don’t worry, I’m up to it,” Corden said. “I had to tell jokes the night after Donald Trump was elected.”
Click here to read my entire story in the Los Angeles Times about the gala, punctuated by the profound quotes from Harrison Ford, Spielberg, Lucas and Hobson.
Top photo: From left, speakers Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg with honorees Mellody Hobson and George Lucas at the Ambassadors for Humanity Gala benefiting the USC Shoah Foundation (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/ Getty Images)
Second photo: Kerry Washington of “Scandal” kicked off the Ambassadors to Humanity Gala, a benefit for the USC Shoah Foundation (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/ Getty Images)
Third photo: James Corden of “The Late Late Show” served as host of the Ambassadors for Humanity Gala benefiting the USC Shoah Foundation (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/ Getty Images)
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Published Dec. 19, 2016 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA