City Year Spring Break 2011

Emma Stone, Timothy Olyphant, Chris Pine, Ashley Tisdale, Rashida Jones, Julie Bowen and More of Today’s Hottest Young Stars Take a City Year Spring Break


Some of the hottest names in young Hollywood celebrated the first annual “Spring Break: Destination Education” at this top event of 2011.  Not merely there to walk a red carpet, the stars converged on Sony Studios in Culver City, helping to raise an impressive  $1 million for City Year Los Angeles and having a great time in the process.

Among nearly 1,000 guests enjoying the carnival-like atmosphere were Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer of “The Help,” Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer and Callan McAuliffe of “I Am Number Four;” Katherine Tokarz of “Wiener & Wiener” with Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family,” Fivel Stewart with Booboo Stewart of “The Twilight Saga,” Jennifer Westfeldt of “24”  with Jon Hamm of “Mad Men,” Ashley Tisdale of “High School Musical;” Rashida Jones of “I Love You, Man,” Chris Pine of “Star Trek,” Debra Messing of “Will & Grace,” Abigail Spencer of “Cowboys & Aliens,” James Marsden of “X-Men,” Garrett Hedlund of “Tron,” Julie Bowen of “Modern Family,” Rutina Wesley of “True Blood,” Catherine Keener of “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” Maria Bello of “Prime Suspect,” Hill Harper of “CSI: NY,” Lisa Kudrow of “Friends,” Garcelle Beauvais of “Franklin & Bash,” Kevin McKidd of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Allison Janney of “The West Wing,” Heather Hemmens of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Max Adler of “Glee” Jennifer Grey of “Dirty Dancing,” Clark Gregg of “Iron Man,” Olivia Munn of “Attack of the Show!” and more stars.

There were booths with interactive video games, auditions for the E! Channel, picture-taking for faux People Magazine covers, custom T-shirts with the movie titles “Fright Night,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” “War Horse,” “The Help,” and more, along with performances by LMFAO and Keri Hilson.

“Education is hugely important,” said Emma Stone. “I was home-schooled so I had a different experience from a lot of kids, but I was lucky enough to have parents who were able to find the right curriculum for me, to keep me involved and interested.” 

“I’m for anything to do with education,” said Jennifer Grey, winner of “Dancing With the Stars” season 11. After that, everything will blossom.”

City Year helps prevent student dropouts by placing recent graduates into L.A. schools for a year. “City Year is an amazing program,” said Stacey Snider, partner and co-chairman of DreamWorks Studios. “It works because our Corps Members have ‘walked the walk.’ They have credibility with the kids they’re keeping on track to graduate.”

Snider and City Year’s board chairman Andrew Hauptman led the committee, which included Ellen Bronfman Hauptman, Rich Battista, Laura Fox, Dawn Ostroff, Ted Harbert and Hannah Minghella. Allison Graff-Weisner is executive director, City Year Los Angeles.

Sponsors included The Hauptman Family Foundation, Beats by Dr. Dre/Interscope Records, Comcast/NBC Universal, Disney, Microsoft, People, the David Geffen Foundation, DreamWorks SKG Studios, Fuel TV, Fresh, JBrand, OPI, Participant Media, RealD, Sony Pictures, and Warner Brothers Entertainment.  

Click here to see my original Los Angeles Times story about the Apr. 23 event in the online Image section and see more than 30 event pictures in the gallery below, many of them not yet published. 

Photos from City Year Spring Break from top, Emma Stone of “The Help” and “Easy A” in a City Year Spring Break Corps Member jacket (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ abimages); DreamWorks CEO and event co-chair Stacey Snider, left, and Rashida Jones of “I Love You, Man” (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ abimages); Andrew Hauptman, City Year Los Angeles board chair, addresses the crowd (Brandon Clark/ abimages) 



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City Year Spring Break

Published Dec. 29, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA