City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2013

Three Hemsworth Brothers, Four “American Idol” Contenders, Stars of “Glee,” “The Help,” “Gossip Girl” and More at City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2013 


Three Hemsworth brothers, four “American Idol” contenders and a healthy helping of A-listers from “The Help,” “Glee,” “Gossip Girl,” “Desperate Housewives,” “New Girl,” and other hit films and TV shows joined supporters of City Year Los Angeles for “Spring Break: Destination Education.” As in years past, the Apr. 20 affair meant fun, food and an abundance of carnival style games at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City. (Check back later to see more photographs.)

“We designed the Spring Break fundraiser to appeal to teens and tweens and their families, so we can engage young people and inspire them,” said Stacey Snider, in a conversation before the event. Snider is CEO of DreamWorks and an event co-chair.

Certainly the formula works.  Attendance this year grew to more than 1,400 guests, who came to celebrate City Year Los Angeles AmeriCorps members. Proceeds, too, broke records at $1.3 million.

Corps members give up a year of their lives to keep at-risk students from dropping out of school and on track to graduation. Snider said that many of the celebrities get involved, too, not only by attending Spring Break, but also by visiting the schools on City Year’s service days.

This year’s sterling line-up included Liam Hemsworth of “The Hunger Games,” Chris Hemsworth of “The Avengers”and Luke Hemsworth of “Neighbours;” contenders Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Amber Holcomb of “American Idol; and Viola Davis, Ahna O’Reilly and Octavia Spencer from “The Help.”

From “Glee” came Chord Overstreet and Harry Shum, Jr.; from “Gossip Girl:” Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick; from “Desperate Housewives:” Charlie Carver and Max Carver; and from “New Girl:” Max Greenfield and Hannah Simone.

 More stars were Calista Flockhart of “Brothers and Sisters,” Harrison Ford of “42,” Topher Grace of “That 70s Show,” Keegan Allen of “Pretty Little Liars,” Beth Behrs of “Two Broke Girls,” Diego Boneta of “Rock of Ages,” Joelle Carter of “Justified,” Erica Christensen of “Parenthood,” Jennifer Coolidge of “American Pie,” Joseph Cross of “Lincoln,” Danielle Panabaker of “Necessary Roughness,” and Cote de Pablo of “NCIS.”

Still more were Julianne Hough of “Entertainment Tonight,” Gillian Jacobs of “Community,” Allison Janney of “The West Wing,” Daren Kagasoff of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” Catherine Keener of “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” Matt Lanter of “90210,” Andie MacDowell of “Groundhog Day,” Camryn Manheim of “The Practice,” Ben McKenzie of “Southland,” and Danny Pudi of “Community.”
Yet others were Craig Robinson of “The Office,” Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men,” Abigail Spencer of “Cowboys and Aliens,” Michael Steger of “90210,” Hailee Steinfeld of “True Grit,” Sam Trammell of “True Blood,” Ariel Winter of “Modern Family,” Colin Egglesfield of “The Client List,” Josh Gad of “Love & Other Drugs,” Tony Goldwyn of “Scandal,” Sean Hayes of “Smash,” and Colton Haynes of “Teen Wolf.”
Singer-songwriter Skylar Grey and DJ Skyblu of LMFAO provided the music.
The entertainment and carnival booths came courtesy of sponsors: The Hauptman Family Foundation, JC Penney, Interscope Records, Microsoft, People Magazine, the NFL, Interscope Records and others.
In addition to Snider, event co-chairs included Rich Battista, CEO, Mandalay Sports Media; Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment; Andrew and Ellen Hauptman, chair and co-chair of Andell, Inc.; Hannah Minghella, production president, Columbia Pictures; David Shaheen, managing director, entertainment, at J.P. Morgan; Arn Tellem, vice-chairman, Wasserman Media Group; Kevin Tsujihara, CEO, Warner Bros. Entertainment; and Laura Fox.

Top photo: Liam Hemsworth of “The Hunger Games,” Chris Hemsworth of “The Avengers” and Luke Hemsworth of “Neighbours” join in festivities at City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2013 (photo: Chelsea Lauren/ Getty Images)

Second photo: Host committee member Rashida Jones with City Year Los Angeles AmeriCorps Member, Brandon Giles , left, and Dominque Mota, right at City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2013 (photo, courtesy of City Year Los Angeles)

Third photo: Host committee member Ed Westwick of “Gossip Girl,” with City Year Los Angeles AmeriCorps Member, Kim Tolentino at City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2013  (photo, courtesy of City Year Los Angeles)

Fourth photo: Julianne Hough, of “Rock of Ages,” with City Year AmeriCorps members Asumni Ohgushi, left, and Gabe Lopez at City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2013 (photo, courtesy of City Year Los Angeles)

Fifth photo: Host committee member Catherine Keener, of “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and Allison Janney of “The West Wing” at City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2013 (photo, courtesy of City Year Los Angeles)


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City Year Los Angeles Spring Break 2013

Published Apr. 22 – Society News LA