Big Brothers Big Sisters LA Big Bash

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Katherine Heigl, Sean Hayes at Big Bash to Honor Bill Ahmanson, Jennifer Salke, Hollywood Reporter

 

The event: The “Big Bash” at the Beverly Hilton, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, turned out to be so inspiring that Katherine Heigl volunteered on the spot to mentor a teen speaker.

And no wonder the young woman found herself an instant supporter — she had talked onstage at the Oct. 24 event of her desire to learn five languages, become the future head the FBI and one day donate “thousands and thousands” to the program.

“That girl was pretty phenomenal, wasn’t she?” said Heigl, still bubbling with enthusiasm at the event’s conclusion. “It didn’t take much. She was so incredibly funny and charming, and I’m now doing a show [“State of Affairs”] about the CIA, so I just thought I have to mentor her. …  I want to help make her director of the CIA.”

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The tributes: Before the evening ended, the organization named… 

 

Click here to read my complete story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times and scroll down to see more pictures.

 

As a side note… 

Katherine Heigl is not just beautiful in person, but also so charming that she spoke with genuine excitement about her new role as mentor, saying that one day, she also wants to produce her new mentee’s television show.

As for the Gala — granted, the speeches were poignant and endearing, but then, the event ended up running longer than anticipated. 

Here’s what the very amusing emcee Sean Hayes had to say on the subject:  “The caterer asked me to let you all know that since we’re running just a tad long, he’s changed dinner to breakfast.”   

And yet I can’t complain – the speeches were heartfelt and easily showed the value of the cause.  

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Top photo: From left, Katherine Heigl of “State of Affairs;” honoree Jennifer Salke,  recipient of the Sherry Lansing Award; and Sherry Lansing at the Big Brothers Big Sisters LA Big Bash (photo, Vince Bucci Photography, courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles)

Second photo: Emcee Sean Hayes, left, with William H. Ahmanson, named Walt Disney Man of the Year at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles Big Bash (photo, Vince Bucci Photography, courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles)

Third photo: The cast of NBC’s “State of Affairs,” premiering Nov. 17, from left, Sheila Vand, David Harbour, Katherine Heigl, Adam Kaufman, Alfre Woodard and Cliff Chamberlain at the Big Brothers Big Sisters LA Big Bash (photo, Vince Bucci Photography, courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles)

Fourth photo: Anne Sweeney, left, presents the Trailblazer Award to Janice Min, right, who accepts on behalf of The Hollywood Reporter at the Big Brothers Big Sisters LA Big Bash (photo, Vince Bucci Photography, courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles)

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Big Brothers Big Sisters LA Big Bash

Published Oct. 26, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA