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10th Annual "Evening Before" Benefitting Motion Picture & Television Fund

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016

Television's biggest night took place in Century City, CA Saturday, September 17th, where the entertainment industry came together for the 10th annual "Evening Before" party, benefitting MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund).

The television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from MPTF's charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is "home" to television and film veterans alike.  "This is a year of milestones with MPTF celebrating its 95th Anniversary of service to the entertainment industry and the 10th anniversary of the television community coming together at the Evening Before to raise over $2 million for the charity that cares for their friends and colleagues.   We celebrate creative achievement tonight as well as the great legacy of this charity created by the early industry founders to provide care and support for all those in our creative community," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation.

The 10th Annual "Evening Before" Host Committee consisted of Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Kathryn & Kyle Chandler, Viola Davis & Julius Tennon, Robin Dearden & Bryan Cranston, Kirsten Dunst, America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams, Tina Fey, Kit Harington, Tom Hiddleston, Allison Janney, Judith Light & Robert Desiderio, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall, Mandy Moore, Jim Parsons, Sarah Paulson, Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys, Octavia Spencer, Eric Stonestreet, Kasia & Jeffrey Tambor, Milo Ventimiglia, and Kerry Washington.

The Executive Host Committee included Susan & Matt Blank, Casey Bloys & Alonzo Wickers IV, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Julie Chen & Les Moonves, Charlie Collier, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Nancy Dubuc, Channing Dungey & Scott Power, Robert Greenblatt, Bonnie Hammer, Lisa & Ted Harbert, Doug Herzog, Mike Hopkins, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams, Andrea & David Nevins, Jeanne & Gary Newman, Lisa & Richard Plepler, Roy Price, Kevin Reilly, Megan & Peter Rice, Andrea & Peter Roth, Josh Sapan, Ted Sarandos, Ryan Seacrest, Karen Kehela Sherwood & Ben Sherwood, Dana & Matt Walden, Ally Walker & John Landgraf, and Noelle & Dick Wolf.

This year's presenting sponsors were Chrysler, Delta Air Lines, essie, Hostess Brands, Netflix, People/Entertainment Weekly Network, and Target.

"We are so grateful for the spirit of generosity and compassion that makes the Evening Before such a fun and meaningful event for MPTF each year.  The money raised will help pay the rent for someone between jobs or pay for a social worker who is helping one of our industry's military veterans secure the VA benefits they are entitled to or any number of other momentary bumps in the road one of our own is experiencing.  And for that we say thank you to all those who contributed to the success of the 10th Annual Evening Before," added Ken Scherer, CEO of MPTF Foundation.

Among the celebrities who attended this year's event were Paul Adelstein, Sasha Alexander, Tim Allen, Michelle Ang, Shiri Appleby, Leslie Arfin, Will Arnett, Moran Atias, Hank Azaria, Morena Baccarin, Jonathan  Banks, Justin Bartha, Rachel Bloom, Diego Boneta, Jeremy Bowyer-Chapman, Jordana Brewster, Chloe Bridges, Beau Bridges, Yvette Nicole Brown, Dan Bucantinsky, Tituss Burgess, Linda Cardellini, Laura Carmichael, Aya Cash, Morris Chestnut, Garrett Clayton, Gary Cole, Chris Colfer, Suzanne Cryer, Hugh  Dancy, Claire Danes, Kristin Davis, Zoey Deutch, Loretta  Devine, Guillermo Diaz, Nina Dobrev, Minnie Driver, Jay Duplass, Lisa Edelstein, Colin Eggelsfield, Billy Eichner, Ben Feldman, Scott Foley, Will Forte, Johnny Galecki, Jeff Garlin, Donald Glover, Walton Goggins, Tony Goldwyn, Max Greenfield, Bruce Greenwood, Ryan Guzman, Kathryn Hahn, Tony Hale, Harry Hamlin, Jon Hamm, Shanola Hampton, Colin Hanks, David Harbour, Melora Hardin, Chris Hardwick, Shawn Hatosy, Lydia Hearst, Anne Heche, Simon Helberg, Jessica Plair Herman, Tom Hiddleston, Gaby Hoffman, Anders Holm, Julianne Hough, Steve Howey, Harry Hudson, Sarah Hyland, Raza Jaffrey, Rashida Jones, Colin Jost, Mindy Kaling, Alex Karpovsky, Arielle Kebbel, Keegan-Michael Key, Regina King, Aja Naomi King, Angela Kinsey, Jane Krakowski, Amy Landecker, Melanie Lynskey, Trace Lysette, Andie MacDowell, Kyle MacLachlan, Alex MacNicoll, Sean Maguire, Camryn Manheim, Jason Mantzoukas, Tatiana Maslany, Kelly McCreary, Rob McElhenney, Matt McGorry, Joel McHale, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Christopher Meloni, Stephen  Merchant, Jesse Metcalfe, Thomas Middleditch, Ezra Miller, Janet Montgomery, Jennifer Morrison, Martin Mull, Niecy Nash, Kunal Nayyar, Chris Noth, B.J. Novak, Bob Odenkirk, Kaitlin Olsen, Emily Osment, Adam Pally, Danielle Panabaker, Steven Pasquale, Mandy Patinkin , Sarah Paulson, Jeff Perry, Russell Peters, Zac Posen, Glen Powell, Emily Ratajkowski, Retta, Sam Richardson, Lisa Rinna, Jason Ritter, Adam Rodriguez, Emmy Rossum, Paul Rust, Cara  Santana, Peter Scolari, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Jaden Smith, Philippa Soo, David Spade, Scott Speedman, Darby Stanchfield, Amber Stevens West, Lili Taylor, Maura Tierney, Analeigh Tipton, Michelle Trachtenberg, Bree Turner, Sophie Turner, Martin Wallstrom, Matt Walsh, Ed Weeks, Liza Weil, Noel Wells, Bradley Whitford, Zack  Woods, Alison Wright, Bellamy Young, Kevin Zegers, among many others.

Robyn Leuthe Norris produced the "Evening Before" for the tenth consecutive year, with designs of a relaxed town square atmosphere in the park, by Silver Birches.  Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo provided specialty food for the guests.

The event is designed after the highly successful "Night Before," another fundraiser held annually before the Academy Awards® for the past fourteen years to benefit MPTF.

Chrysler Brand
The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology all at an extraordinary value since the company was founded in 1925.

Whether it is the family-room-on-wheels functionality of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, the groundbreaking, bold design of the Chrysler 300, or the simple elegance and extraordinary driving experience of the Chrysler 200, Chrysler brand vehicles reward the passion, creativity and sense of accomplishment of its owners. Beyond just exceptionally designed vehicles, the Chrysler brand has incorporated thoughtful features into all of its products, such as the innovative center console with pass through storage and sliding cup holders in the Chrysler 200, the industry-exclusive Stow 'n Go seating and storage system on the Chrysler Pacifica and the fuel-saving Fuel Saver Technology in the Chrysler 300.

The Chrysler brand's succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand's standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.

Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. In 2016, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fifth time in six years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented five consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 335 destinations in 61 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub,, and

The USA's nail salon expert since 1981, essie aims to inspire a love for the manicure experience with a wit and style that touches the hearts of women everywhere.  essie is the go-to nail brand for beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and fashion icons around the world. As the color authority, essie is center stage on runways around the world, offering highly-anticipated color collections that drive trends season after season. The salon-quality formula and catchy, whimsical names has led to the creation of more than 1,000 shades. essie is a leader in nail luxury, committed to high-quality standards with an award-winning line of polishes and nail care products for every woman and salon professional. Since its introduction by Essie Weingarten, essie has delighted the color-obsessed with a love shared all over the world.

Hostess Brands, LLC
An icon of American ingenuity, Hostess Brands, LLC has been the baker of many of the world's best known sweet baked goods for nearly a century. The category pioneer continues to lead the way in innovation, quality and creativity that captures the imagination of snack cake enthusiasts generation after generation.

Since being acquired by Metropoulos & Company and Apollo Global Management in 2013, Hostess has become a billion dollar, forward-looking retail brand. The company is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and operates bakeries in Emporia, Kansas, Columbus, Georgia and Indianapolis, Indiana.

For more information about Hostess products and Hostess Brands LLC, please visit Follow Hostess on Facebook:; Twitter: @Hostess_Snacks; on Instagram: Hostess_Snacks; and on Pinterest:

Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with over 83 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

People/Entertainment Weekly Network
The People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) is a groundbreaking free streaming service from two of the world's most respected and celebrated entertainment media brands. Available on leading OTT platforms, smart TVs, mobile devices, the web and a free app, PEN will deliver daily, exclusive, celebrity, pop culture, human interest and lifestyle long-form series and specials as well as extensive live coverage of major award shows and premieres. The network will also make available an extensive library of award-winning on-demand programming from Time Inc.'s stable of best-in-class brands and will showcase coverage of many of the company's branded events, festivals and franchises such as Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, the Time 100, Essence Festival and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Advancing the Time Inc. strategy to innovate beyond traditional distribution channels and create compelling viewing experiences that drive engagement across all platforms, PEN is the latest progression for the People and EW brands, which collectively reach an audience of 108 Million (MPA 360, July 2016), more than any other in the entertainment news category. The network has deals in place to launch content on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku players, Google Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity, Xumo and PlutoTV. PEN will be available on iOS and Android mobile devices and on

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,795 stores and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

About MPTF
For over 95 years, MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) has served as a safety net for entertainment industry members. As a charitable organization, MPTF provides programs and services essential to the well-being of individuals, their families and the industry community at large, and is a recognized leader in Senior Care and Palliative Care services. MPTF is supported by the generosity of fellow entertainment workers, and corporate donors united by a common thread of Hollywood Helping Hollywood – "We Take Care of Our Own".


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