The event: LL Cool J brought a burst of star light to Monday's Silver Circle Gala, as host of the Venice Family Clinic's 33rd annual fundraiser.
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March 11, 4:45 p.m.: An earlier version of this article misspelled actor Justin Baldoni's last name as Boldoni.
Julie Liker, Harley Liker, Rebecca Pollack Parker and Hutch Parker acted as chairs with committee members Neal Baer, Christine Griffiths, Chester Griffiths,
The program: Following the awards, recording star Josh Groban brought the evening to a close with five screen and show tunes "to honor," he said, "what has now become probably the most successful stagehand in the history of existence," referring to Moonves' early years working in theater. His choices for the occasion? "Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"; "Children Will Listen" from "Into the Woods"; "Not While I'm Around" from "Sweeney Todd" ; "What I Did for Love" from "A Chorus Line"; and finally, "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz."
Quotes of note: "I have enough money to say whatever the hell I want about Les Moonves," joked Lorre -- creator of "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men," which have been huge hits for CBS. He went on to speak of the entertainment mogul's acts of kindness.
"He understands it's the moments that we reach out to someone, to anyone, and make their life a little better. It's those moments that define who we are that's what the Venice Family Clinic is all about. It's what they do every single day," said Lorre.
In accepting the award, Moonves said he was honored to be able to help a deserving cause. "To all the actors who are out there, and writers, and agents, and producers, I want to congratulate the Venice Family Clinic. It was very smart to time this event in the middle of pilot season, when we're giving out favors -- or not," he joked.
The numbers: Proceeds from the 840 guests topped $1.6 million to fund primary healthcare for people in need at 10 health centers in and near Venice.