Hellen Mirren, Annette Bening and Warren Beatty
The star-studded event at the Geffen Playhouse and the pre-show host committee dinner at W Los Angeles' The Backyard restaurant grossed over $1 million for the Geffen Playhouse's outreach and artistic initiatives. The fundraiser, honoring Hollywood legend Carol Burnett and Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment Jim Gianopulos, was co-chaired by Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Robert A. Iger and his wife, journalist Willow Bay. Belvedere Vodka and Grand Marnier kept the guests in high spirits all night long. Entertainment icon Dick Van Dyke presented the Distinction in Theater Award to Ms. Burnett and award-winning actor Warren Beatty presented the Distinction in Service award to Mr. Gianopulos; the evening was hosted by Emmy award-winning actress Jane Lynch. In addition to the award presentations, the irreverent evening of laughter, music and stories featured personal "backstage" stories or songs by stars of the stage and screen including Beth Behrs, Annette Bening, Dana Delany, Andy Garcia, Monica Mancini, Joe Montegna, Helen Mirren, Matthew Morrison, Arturo Sandoval and Bruce Vilanch.