SPOTTED: Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Busy Philipps, Diane Ladd and Debby Ryan were joined by Constance Zimmer, Cobie Smulders, Taran Killam, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Ashley Jones and Jack Wagner at the TCL Chinese Theater (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theater) March 20, 2013 in support of children in crisis and their families who served by Hollygrove, a private nonprofit.
Together, these celebrities raised more than $200,000 to help local youth overcome trauma and succeed in school. “The Norma Jean Gala,” named for the agency’s most famous former resident, was presented by Juicy Couture and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, Busy Philipps, Diane Ladd and Debby Ryan. David Burtka served as the night’s Master of Ceremonies.
As to why he supports this cause David Burtka told E!: “It’s involving kids, and we have kids of our own…It’s good to align ourselves with organizations with something to do with what’s important to us.”
Here are some fun tidbits from the evening’s gala:
- David Burtka and Debby Ryan bonded on the red carpet, talking about their favorite stylist.
- Busy Philipps talking about how she gave everything away after Birdie outgrew it and now she has to start all over for the baby number 2. Apparently, Birdie is warming up the new baby’s crib with her baby dolls, while they wait for the new arrival.
- Constance Zimmer showed up in an adorable dress that she credited to “Juicy, Baby,” but when asked about her shoes, she had to take one off to remember the designer. As far as make-up, she had no favorite brands to discuss and even admitted that she goes to Rite Aid to buy face products.
- After the live auction kicked off with a $50 bill going for $2000, Neil Patrick Harris had a tough act to follow. For the auction item of a set visit to “How I Met Your Mother,” he pulled up Cobie Smulders (pictured above with Taran Killam) and offered bidders lunch on set, a signed script, a photo, a kiss on the cheek by Cobie, and maybe a little top boob. Not the whole thing, but maybe some top boob. (The item went for $6000).
Hollygrove is a non-profit organization that focuses on helping children, strengthening families, building community, advocating for systems change and ensuring that families thrive. “The Norma Jean Gala,” the agency’s signature fundraising event, featured an exhibit of the creative work done by youth in Hollygrove’s “Endless Summer” after-school program. Guests met some of the young artists and experienced first-hand the therapeutic benefits of art. The exhibit was presented by Shannon and Dean Factor and the Max Factor Foundation.
Since its inception in 1911, Hollygrove has cared for more than 25,000 children. In the 1930’s, Marilyn Monroe lived at Hollygrove for 18 months. In 2006, Hollygrove opened its campus to the community and began school- and home-based services. Today, innovative programs relying exclusively on private funding include: the Endless Summer therapeutic after-school program; Camp Hollygrove; Project Fatherhood; and Family Finding for youth in foster care.