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The Art of Elysium’s 10-year gala

Ellen DeGeneres, right, and partner Portia de Rossi are all smiles Jan. 12 during the the Art of Elysium’s 10-year anniversary gala charity event at Vibiana, a restored cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. The nonprofit organization, dedicated to bringing art, music and fashion to seriously ill children in hospitals, has gained the kind of hip cachet usually reserved for indie bands. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Vintage-shop owner Cameron Silver wears a posh evening jacket at the Art of Elysium event. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Jennifer Howell, wearing Oscar de la Renta, is the founder of the Art of Elysium. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Among the event’s 500 guests: celebrity hairstylist Byron Williams and Monet Mazur.

Founder jennifer Howell says that the fashion industry has been among the charity’s biggest supporters, and that she has enlisted stylists to work with the hospitalized children on activities such as a fashion show that capped an eight-week arts program run by the Art of Elysium. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Rumer Willis, left, chats with Zach Braff at the Art of Elysium’s black-tie anniversary gala. Celebrities tend to approach the small charity to get involved, rather than the other way around. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)