Chrysalis Butterfly Ball
Stars mixed with Hollywood heavweights and other VIPs at the June 9 Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, which raised more than $1 million to help the homeless attain independent lives. (Click here to see an album of 40 photos from the Ball.)
Starting with cocktails in the courtyard, Lea Michele of “Glee” mingled with Jamie-Lynn Sigler of “The Sopranos” and Jenna Dewan of “Step Up.” There, too, she joined Glee’s Cory Montieth and the show creator, Ryan Murphy.
Held at the spectacular hilltop home of attorneys Susan Harris and Hayward Kaiser in Brentwood, this year’s event paid tribute to John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks; Shawn Levy, director and producer of “Real Steel,” “Date Night,” and “Night at the Museum;” and LL Cool J, star of “NCIS: Los Angeles” and a musician as cool as his name suggests.
Just inside the entry, event founders Rebecca Gayheart Dane and Eric Dane greeted incoming guests, while nearby Geoff Stults of “The Finder” chatted with event co-chair Dana Walden, chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Television.
Many crowded around LL Cool J, who cheerfully posed with guests for pictures. During our informal chat, (after I, too, asked for a picture,) he talked of his commitment to the cause, which includes donating his own clothes so that Chrysalis can provide proper job-seeking attire.
“What’s really cool about it, when people have a job interview, they can dress the part,” he said. “So many people here have closets that are like, ‘sinful.’ You can take 30% of that closet and help people change their lives.”
Others enjoying the ambiance were Ashley Tisdale of “High School Musical,” Tom Arnold and Ally Walker” of “Sons of Anarchy,” Whitney Cummings of “Whitney,” Elijah Wood of “Lord of the Rings,” Jennifer Carpenter of “Dexter,” Sarah Drew of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Johnny Knoxville of “Jackass,” Ryan Kwanten of “True Blood,” Rachel Leigh Cook of “Perception,” Soleil Moon Frye of “Planet Sheen,” Kim Raver of “24,” Colin Egglesfield of “Client List,” Fiona Gubelmann of “Blades of Glory,” Balthazar Getty of “Brothers and Sisters,” Dorian Brown of “Home Run,” Sarah Drew of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Anna Getty of “Confessions of a Burning Man,” Ben Feldman of “Cloverfield,” and Whitney Port of “The Hills.”
Also on hand were Donna Langley, co-chairman of Universal Pictures; CAA’s Rick Hess; William Morris Endeavor partner Richard Weitz; Ryan Murphy, creator of “Glee;” Stacey Snider, chairman and chief executive of DreamWorks; DreamWorks VP Chloe Dan; Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment; and many more.
Monteith laughed, saying, “You’re going to have to wait and see.”
As I also spoke with Michele about her meeting her idol Barbra Streisand last year, it was clear from Michele’s enthusiastic response that her excitement hasn’t dimmed with the passing of time.
“She is so wonderful, so supportive,” Michele said. “She was everything I ever expected. Meeting her was everything I ever dreamed of, everything I could have hoped for.”
When the time came for dinner, Seth MacFarlane played host, keeping the crowd’s attention with a healthy dose of irreverent humor. MacFarlane created “Family Guy” and co-created of “American Dad!” and the “Cleveland Show.”
Comedy great Steve Carell of “The Office” and “Date Night” presented the award to Levy; while Katey Sagal of “Sons of Anarchy” and her husband Kurt Sutter, the show’s producer, gave the award to Landgraf.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters introduced recipient LL Cool J, as the coolest person who shares his birthday, calling him “the real deal,” a legend, a good man, a good father, a bad-ass artist, and the same person onstage as he is offstage.
“I hope that someday I can be as cool as LL Cool J,” Grohl concluded.
Tiffany Payne, a beneficiary of Chrysalis, received an honor, too, for her personal achievements in turning her life around with the help of Chrysalis. Visibly thrilled on taking the podium, she snapped a photo of the crowd spread out before her, saying, “Going on Facebook!”
Committee members were Debra Baum, Anita Chang, China Chow, Timothy Dowling, Dana Dufine, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Holly Freeman, Scott Freeman, David Gorder, Elisa Hallerman, Stephanie Herman, Carol Ann Hess, Isaac Joseph, Allan Loeb, Alexandra Malloy, Kelly Mathis, Acacia May, Jennifer Parker, David Rosenblum, Raina Rosenblum, Kathryn Taylor Smith, Michelle Thomas and Andrew Wells.
Sponsors were Audi, Grey Goose Vodka, Smartwater and Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation.
Top photo: Dinner guests Lea Michele, in a backless Pucci, and Cory Monteith of “Glee” at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball (photo: Michael Buckner/ Getty Images For Chrysalis)
Second photo: from left, Steve Carell, left, presented an award to director Shawn Levy, right, with Seth MacFarlane, center, as host of the evening the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball (photo: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images For Chrysalis)
Third photo: Chrysalis Butterfly Ball founders, actors Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart Dane, her dress by Monique Lhuillier (photo: Jonathan Leibson/ Getty Images For Chrysalis)
Fourth photo: from left, director Shawn Levy, actor/musician LL Cool J and FX Network president John Landgraf, the honorees at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball (photo: Michael Buckner/ Getty Images For Chrysalis)
Fifth photo: Geoff Stults of “The Finder” with Dana Walden, an event committee co-chair, at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball
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Published June 10, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA