Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala
Drew Barrymore, LA Kings, Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation Honored; Josh Gad as Host
Of all the celebrities I’ve met, writing for the Los Angeles Times or otherwise, Katy Perry is my current favorite because of her compassion and genuine concern for others.
Her emotions were clearly apparent by the tears in her eyes when she told me in a conversation at the Oct. 15 Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gala about her recent visit to CHLA. (See my Los Angeles Times story.)
As she said herself at the gala, “I’m a really open human.”
Katy Perry has demonstrated in other ways, too, that she is a is a very real person.
For example, the pop superstar (who’s always impeccably dressed) has asked me questions, too, about clothes and accessories I’ve worn. One time Perry asked about my Indian bracelets; another time about a vintage Chanel jacket.
When I told her how wonderful it was to see that she’s so observant and curious, she said, “Of course. That’s how I learn. I’m such a sponge. I absorb. I’m about people.”
Perry is also about her fans and she knows the demographic of a significant segment of her audience, as illustrated by her comments from onstage at the gala.
Here’s what she said about her youngest component …
“I know that a lot of you probably have young children that are at home, probably in bed by now – you hope – and maybe you have yet to tell them that you saw Katy Perry – because if you did, you might be in so much trouble,” she said. “And they might be watching PG or PG-13 things right now, eating all the Oreos their father has hidden away, just to get back at you.”
But before the crowd went home to discover what might have happened to the Oreos, the gala honored Drew Barrymore, the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
Josh Gad hosted, with those in attendance including Eric Stonestreet, Jessica Capshaw, Katharine McPhee, Jamie Lee Curtis, Holly Robinson Peete, Teri Hatcher, Colin Egglesfield, and others.
Click here to read my entire Los Angeles Times story, which also starts and ends with Katy Perry.
Top photo: Katy Perry told stories to the audience during her 5-song set at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gala (photo/ Society News LA)
Second photo: Katy Perry sang “Roar,” “Teenage Dream,” “Dark Horse,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Firework” at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala (photo/ Society News LA)
Third photo: Katharine McPhee at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala in Shoshanna (Photo by Rich Polk/ Getty Images for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)
Fourth photo: Holly Robinson Peete at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala in Shoshanna (Photo by Rich Polk/ Getty Images for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)
Fifth photo: From left, CHLA patients Madison Elizondo and Caiden Moran, host Josh Gad, recording star Katy Perry and honoree Drew Barrymore at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gala (Photo by Rich Polk/ Getty Images for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)
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Katy Perry at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala
Published Oct. 23, 2016 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA