The event: ”Help Haiti Home,” staged by
The scene: Held on
The crowd: Among others the crowd included
The cocktail hour: During the reception, as guests caught up with each other, Douglas said he was impressed by how quickly Penn put his energy into helping Haiti, which he described as "a country that can't catch a break." Midler also expressed admiration for Penn's dedication, she too having helped relief efforts.
Handler said she enjoys supporting charities, including others where she has served as emcee. "I want to contribute," she said. "Anything I can do to contribute makes up for my behavior in real life."
The numbers: Organizers counted 325 guests, who purchased tickets from $2,500 and tables for as much as $100,000.
Ellen Olivier is founder of Society News L.A.