Actors Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman recently shared their star power and support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by hosting the Opening Night Premiere Party for the LA Art Show.
St. Jude was named the official charitable partner for the show for the second year in a row. The Opening Night Premiere Party on January 27 was attended by more than 6,000 people and raised more than $127,000 for St. Jude through ticket sales and a silent auction.
For the silent auction, Hathaway donated tickets to the May premiere of her new film Alice Through the Looking Glass, a sequel to the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland.
“It was a place that I had heard about, but after I saw it firsthand, I knew that my life had changed and that I would do anything to help those kids and their families, and I would do anything to support this cause,” Hathaway said of St. Jude.
During a visit to St. Jude in 2014, Hathaway took part in a special screening of the animated film Rio 2 with patients and their families. Hathaway voiced the character Jewel in both Rio films.
"We are thrilled to have St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital return as our benefiting organization,” said Kim Martindale, general manager and producer of the LA Art Show. “St. Jude is the leading researcher in pediatric cancer. They freely share their research protocol worldwide, and as a result, more lifesaving treatments are available for children.”
The LA Art Show is the largest, longest-running and most comprehensive art experience on the west coast, showcasing more than 140 galleries from January 27 – 31.
About 300 people attended the VIP patron reception of the event, including celebrity guests Kevin Bacon, James Franco, Perrey Reeves, Geoff Stults, Zach Braff, Parker Young, Dave and Odette Annable, Melanie Griffith, Katherine McNamara, Natasha Henstridge, Holly Marie Combs and Billy Zane.