Chrysalis Butterfly Ball 2014

The 13th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball Sponsored By Audi, Kayne Anderson And Stella Artois
Al Gore Celebrates Honorees at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, Joined by Diane Kruger, Vin Diesel, Tom Arnold

 

 

In addition to the usual abundance of celebrities at this year’s Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, Al Gore surprised the crowd by coming to present an award to Jeff Skoll and Jim Berk. Their company, Participant Media, produced “An Inconvenient Truth,” which spotlighted Gore’s campaign to educate the public to the dangers of global warming. 

The night’s other honorees were Jay Sures, managing partner of United Talent Agency and Darius Coffey, who received the John Dillon award. Chrysalis helps the homeless and low-income individuals achieve self-sufficiency.  

To read my story about the June 7 event in the Los Angeles Times, click here. For a few more observations, and more pictures, scroll down the page.

Gore’s name hadn’t been on the tip sheet, sent to journalists in advance.  So like the other guests, I wasn’t expecting to see him. 

The 13th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball Sponsored By Audi, Kayne Anderson And Stella Artois

But there he was, the former Vice President, standing on the lawn of Susan Harris and Hayward Kaiser’s Mandeville Canyon estate, talking with the award-winning documentary’s producer, Lawrence Bender.

When I stopped by to chat, I asked him if he had been left off the list for security purposes.

Laughing, he quipped, “I’m not worth killing anymore.” 

Gore said he flew to Los Angeles, especially for the presentation and planned to return the next day. 

The night’s celebrity-filled crowd included Diane Kruger of “The Bridge,” Vin Diesel of “Fast & Furious,” Ben McKenzie of “Gotham,” Katharine McPhee of “Smash,” Tom Arnold, Jordana Brewster, James Van Der Beek, Soleil Moon Frye, Vanna White, Balthazar Getty and fashion designer Rosetta Getty.

Max Greenfield of “New Girl” served as emcee, and Gavin Rossdale performed, as did Amy Renee Heidemann and Nick Noonan, aka Karmin. 

Chrysalis Butterfly Ball 2014 co-chairs were Rebecca Gayheart-Dane, Evolution Media Capital’s Rick Hess, William Morris Endeavor’s Richard Weitz and Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley. Sponsors included Audi, Kayne Anderson and Stella Artois.  

The 13th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball Sponsored By Audi, Kayne Anderson And Stella Artois

 

Top photo:  Former Vice President Al Gore came to present awards at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball 2014 (Photo by Jason Merritt/ Getty Images for Chrysalis)

Second photo: From left, honorees at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball 2014 Jay Sures of United Talent Agency; and Jim Berk and Jeff Skoll of Participant Media (Photo by Michael Buckner/ Getty Images for Chrysalis) 

Third photo:  From left, dinner co-chairs Rebecca Gayheart-Dane, master of ceremonies Max Greenfield,  and dinner co-chairs Richard Weitz, Rick Hess, and Donna Langley at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball 2014 (Photo by Jason Merritt/ Getty Images for Chrysalis)

Fourth photo:  Vin Diesel, left, greets Darius Coffey, recipient of the John Dillon Award at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball 2014  (Photo by Michael Buckner/ Getty Images for Chrysalis)

 

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The 13th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball Sponsored By Audi, Kayne Anderson And Stella Artois

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Chrysalis Butterfly Ball 2014

Published June 15, 2014