Go Go Gala
Bravo Robert Pattinson for using your celebrity to help the Go Campaign to give the world’s children a brighter future and by continuing to contribute generously, as recently as the Nov. 14 GO GO Gala, by bidding with enthusiasm at the night’s live auction.
More than 200 guests – Pattinson included – converged on the Bel-Air Bay Club in the Pacific Palisades for the charity’s annual Gala. Combining ticket and auction sales, the affair raised more than $500,000 to help children in need everywhere by providing them with homes, education, rehabilitation, safety from sex trafficking and more.
Click here to read my gala story online in the Los Angeles Times, which will also appear in the Nov. 24 LA Times print Image section. To see more pictures and read more about the event, just scroll down this page.
Taking turns at the podium were host Adam Shankman, in a Coca Cola can costume, and Beth Behrs, dressed as a Spam can, to introduce the auction of recycled musical instruments; Dermot Mulroney to introduce Melissa Etheridge, who performed; “School of Rock” writer Mike White; honoree Jane Ekayu; and charity co-founders Jill Goldman, Daryl Offer and Vicki Kennedy.
Among others present were Mulroney’s wife, singer Tharita Catulle; Kennedy’s husband, author Max Kennedy; Cheryl Hines with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; and RFK grandchildren Robert Kennedy III and Kick Kennedy with Paul Simon’s son, Harper Simon.
Former US Senate aide, attorney and script writer Scott Fifer – whose TV writing credits include two Primetime Emmy broadcasts – said he first launched the charity after traveling to Tanzania and meeting a group of orphans. Through a network of “local heroes,” who understand the needs of their communities, the Go Campaign has since helped more than 41,000 children. The varied projects have included a girls’ school in Siem Reap, Cambodia, funded thanks to Pattinson.
“I can’t forget what Rob Pattinson did for us that had tremendous impact,” Fifer said from onstage. “Two years ago, Rob generously donated a ‘meet & greet’ on the set of ‘Twilight Breaking Dawn’ for our online auction. And so we put it on Charity Buzz (charitybuzz.com) and it sold to a woman in Chicago for $80,000.”
After recounting the success of the girls’ home, Fifer added, “So Rob, there are 25 girls in Cambodia who wouldn’t forgive me if I didn’t just say thank you. Thank you for your kindness.”
So was the meet & greet worth $80,000 to the buyer? Apparently so.
In a subsequent conversation, Fifer said that same woman later paid handsomely for an advance screening of the film.
Attending the Gala with friends, Pattinson (in a goatee**) bought himself a cello – made from trash found in a landfill – from the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, Paraguay, with his bid of $5,600.
For those who didn’t recognize host Shankman, the “So You Think You Can Dance” judge told the audience, “Perhaps some of you are wondering, ‘Who is this guy?’ Others may be wondering, ‘Wow, that’s a nice looking, aging, gay, Jewish man.’ And ‘Wow, the Bel Air Bay Club has really eased up on their restrictions.'”
For his part, Mulroney introduced Etheridge, letting the audience know he spent the day listening to her album, “4th Street Feeling,” and crediting the singer with keeping women in rock and roll alive during the big gaps “after Janis.”
“I’m beyond honored and past privileged,” Mulroney said, “to introduce Melissa Etheridge on behalf of the Go Campaign.”
Etheridge then ended the evening with a three-song set: “Come to My Window,” Vicki Kennedy’s favorite song; “I Need to Wake Up,” Etheride’s Oscar-winning theme from “An Inconvenient Truth”); and for the wrap-up, “Bring Me Some Water.”
** Regarding the current popularity of facial hair among today’s gents, (including some of today’s most good-looking ones,) see Adam Tschorn’s story in the Los Angeles Times, as he’s been closely tracking the phenomenon.
Top Photo: GO Campaign founder Scott Fifer, left, delivers a cello from Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra to high bidder Robert Pattinson at the GO GO Gala (Photo by Jason Merritt/ Getty Images for GO Campaign)
Second Photo: Robert Pattinson cheerfully bids on the recycled cello at the GO GO Gala (Photo by Jason Merritt/ Getty Images for GO Campaign)
Third Photo: Adam Shankman of “So You Think You Can Dance” and actress Beth Behrs of “Two Broke Girls” introduce the auction of recycled instruments by stepping onto the stage at the GO GO Gala in costumes resembling crushed cans (Photo by Jason Merritt/ Getty Images for GO Campaign)
Fourth Photo: Melissa Etheridge performs during the 6th annual GO GO Gala at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades (Photo by Jason Merritt/ Getty Images for GO Campaign)
Sixth Photo: Robert Pattinson, one of the night’s heroes, for his generosity towards the GO Campaign (Photo by Jason Merritt/ Getty Images for GO Campaign)
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Published Nov. 15, 2013, photos added Nov. 16, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA