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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 Robert Pattinson, for one, has supported the GO Campaign as a buyer and seller. In addition to winning a recycled cello at the Nov. 14 shindig with his high bid of $5,600, Pattinson previously helped build a girls' home in Cambodia by offering himself up for a "meet and greet" on the set of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn." Bidding online at Charitybuzz.com, a Chicago woman reportedly paid $80,000 for that privilege.
"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, Adam Shankman of "So You Think You Can Dance;" charity co-founders Daryl Offer, Vicki Kennedy and Jill Goldman; Beth Behrs of "Two Broke Girls;" "School of Rock" writer Mike White; and Dermot Mulroney of the new TV series, "Crisis," who introduced the night's final highlight: a performance by Melissa Etheridge.
The crowd: Guests also included artist Shepard Fairey, director Craig Gillespie, Harry Shum Jr. of "Glee"; Embeth Davidtz of "Paranoia"; Anastasia Roark of "Big Miracle"; two of the late Robert Kennedy's children: Max Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (with Cheryl Hines of "Curb Your Enthusiasm); and two of RFK Jr.'s children, Robert III and Kick Kennedy (with Harper Simon). More gala chairs were Louise Hamagami and Marc Shmuger, Katarina and Bo Hyde, Linda and Benn Konner, Allison Wright and Andy Kaplan, Eve and Ewan McGregor, Cristine Gillespie, Robert Offer and Jon Reiss.
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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