Best Parties With a Purpose
EBMRF Benefit at Beso
It was all about friends when Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Beckinsale (in Balenciaga) joined Courteney Cox Arquette and Ken Paves at a star-studded benefit to raise money for the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation at Eva Longoria Parker's hot new Hollywood eatery, Beso. "It’s like any great cause that begins its trail by creating awareness. That’s why we’re here," said Aniston, a longtime supporter of the Foundation. The other big draw for the socially conscious star? "The guacamole!"
Idol Gives Back
"I knew exactly the charity that I wanted to spotlight," said Reese Witherspoon, who spoke on behalf of the Children's Defense Fund during American Idol's Idol Gives Back extravaganza. "If we're going to eradicate poverty in this country, we need to start with children. Nothing is more important than education." The event also brought out Hollywood heavy hitters like Brad Pitt, Carrie Underwood and Miley Cyrus.
4th Annual Pink Party
The stars were out to paint the town pink at the 4th Annual Pink Party gala in Santa Monica. Host Kate Beckinsale called on leading ladies like Jennifer Garner (in Stella McCartney), Marcia Cross and Vanessa Minnillo to come together for the Women’s Cancer Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "It is a pleasure and a privilege to be part of such an important cause," Beckinsale (in pink Prada) said as she kicked off the evening, which included a fashion show and luxury auction, all to raise funds to help fight gynecologic and breast cancer. "It's ladies' night!"
Chrysalis Butterfly Ball
Grey's Anatomy’s Eric Dane and wife Rebecca Gayheart welcomed some of Hollywood's hottest names in film, television and music for the 7th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball. The event, held at a private Brentwood estate drew boldface names like Demi Moore (in Gucci), Ashton Kutcher (in Gucci) and Eva Mendes-not to mention Dane's fellow Grey's docs Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight-who lent their star power to the cause: helping homeless men and women change their lives through job placement programs.
Tinseltown A-listers enjoyed an exotic game night when luxury jeweler de Grisogono hosted the first-ever Hollywood domino tournament at the Beverly Hills Hotel. "You are so beat!" a confident Charlize Theron (in Dior) announced to fellow guests Demi Moore, Salma Hayek and Kate Hudson at the 1940s Night in Havana-themed black-tie gala, which benefited the Art of Elysium. Turns out the actress was right: After being crowned the tournament's big winner, Theron giddily accepted a $25,000 blank check for the charity of her choice.
Stand Up 2 Cancer
Celebrity cancer survivors Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate and Melissa Etheridge took a stand together at the historic Stand Up To Cancer fundraising event in Los Angeles, which was televised like TKTK details.Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek and Jennifer Garner answered incoming calls to take donations and explain how the disease is affecting the world, helping to raise over $100 million for cancer research.
Joyful Heart Gala
Mariska Hargitay and Hilary Swank got cozy at the Joyful Heart Foundation gala in New York City. "I hope I'm sitting by Mariska's side supporting this incredible organization in 20 years," Swank said of Hargitay, who founded the organization-which helps survivors of domestic violence and abuse-in 2002.