, benefiting the
to improve the lives of orphans and children in need worldwide. The affair honored “local hero” Jane Ekayu for her work rehabilitating Uganda’s child soldiers and it celebrated the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, Paraguay, whose young musicians play instruments made from empty cans, old cutlery, buttons and other throwaways.
Of note: Auction sales have contributed mightily to the charity’s revenue, and actor
"We call [the Cambodia home] the house that 'Twilight' built," said Scott Fifer, the charity's founder.
The scene: Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception at the Bel-Air Bay Club in the Pacific Palisades before settling down to dinner and remarks by Fifer; the night’s host,
The crowd: Guests also included artist Shepard Fairey, director Craig Gillespie,
Quotes of note: To introduce the auction of recycled instruments, Beth Behrs and Adam Shankman stepped onto the stage in costumes resembling crushed cans.
"You can't judge a violin by its Spam can," Behrs said, showing off her attire and encouraging guests to bid on the creative musical inventions. Shankman's outfit looked like a Coca-Cola can.
The numbers: The event netted more than $500,000 from 200-plus partygoers, with the auction and tickets that started at $1,000.
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