The event: Rebels With a Cause at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood on Thursday honored
The news: Paramount CEO Brad Grey announced plans to build a new cancer institute in Los Angeles. He said it's envisioned to be "a life-changing and life-saving facility, dedicated to providing the most cutting edge and groundbreaking medicine available."
The show: Pharrell Williams bounded from onstage into the audience, singing his Oscar-nominated tune "Happy" as guests rose up to dance along, some of them, such as January Jones, snapping close-ups.
The crowd: Honorary event co-chairs Grey, his wife, Cassandra Grey, and Dr. Carmen Puliafito, dean of USC's Keck School of Medicine, drew from the entertainment, business and medical communities for the guest list. It included actors
The honoree: In remarks, the 16-time Grammy-winning Foster praised Ellison for, among other qualities, his complexity, comprehensive knowledge, world-changing technology, love for life, good manners, America's Cup win, "superb and overlooked Oscar-worthy acting performance in 'Iron Man 2'" and his generosity, which the honoree later proved by announcing that he would match the gala's up-to-then $4.5 million in proceeds, doubling the night's total haul.
Quotes of note: Said the night's emcee, Jimmy Kimmel, "[Ellison] has been very, very generous and if God forbid he ever dies of anything, Dr. Agus is in deep, deep [trouble]."
More numbers: Tickets started at $1,000 each with tables for the more than 500 guests ranging to more than to $100,000.
Ellen Olivier is founder of Society News LA.