The event: On the London street at Universal City -- between the Strand Hotel, Mulligan’s Tavern and an iconic red phone booth -- servers passed pizza and spring rolls as actors from “
The show: The “Glee” gang chose songs for the occasion, beginning with Darren Criss on the guitar for “Somewhere That’s Green.” New cast member Adam Lambert chose “Mad World,” and
"Parents, ask yourselves, what is it worth to you to be considered the best parent in the world?" said Criss, before securing two winning families at $9,000 each.
Actor and comedian
In a surprise ending, rocker
The crowd: FOX TV chair Dana Walden;
Quote of note: Mapa called a picture of his family, shown on one of the big screens, “
"I don't know about you," Mapa said, "but whenever I hear that religious people are coming for me and my family, the one thing I can think is: Shouldn't you be reading to the blind? Aren't there homeless people in your area who could benefit from a kind word or a hot meal? Could there possibly be a better use of your time and resources than going after the life and liberty of people you'll never meet, whose lives and freedom will never affect you in any other way?"
The awards: Honoring notables in the arts, entertainment, politics and the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender movement, the council gave awards to
The numbers: By night's end, the council raised $571,000 from 500 tickets priced from $500 on up, plus sponsorships, the auction and additional donations.
Ellen Olivier is founder of Society News LA.