Baby2Baby, along with sponsors MarulaOil, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation, The Walt Disney Company and Volvo Cars, hosted the 2015 Baby2Baby Gala to increase awareness and funds for the Los Angeles based non-profit organization and collectively raised over 2.1 million dollars. Honoree Kerry Washington was presented with the Baby2Baby Giving Tree Award. She was recognized for her support of Baby2Baby and ongoing dedication to children in need. Celebrity supporters and guests included Kerry Washington, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Gwen Stefani, Julie Bowen, Reese Witherspoon, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Rachel Zoe, Jessica Capshaw, Busy Philipps, Shonda Rhimes, Russell Simmons, Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart, Molly Sims, Kelly Rowland, Ashley Benson, Selma Blair, Kourtney Kardashian, Jaime King and many more.
Led by Co-Presidents Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, Los Angeles based non-profit Baby2Baby (www.baby2baby.org) provides low-income children ages 0-12 with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. By distributing new and gently used items to over 85 non-profit partner organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs and children’s hospitals, Baby2Baby will serve more than 100,000 children this year. To date, the organization has distributed 8 million diapers.
The dinner extravaganza was led by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo from Animal, Son of a Gun and Jon & Vinny’s, along with L.A’s top chefs including: Ludo Lefebvre from Petite Trois, Walter Manzke from République, Kazunori Nozawa from Kazunori, Steve Samson from Sotto, Sarah St. Lifer & Kris Yenbamroong from Night+Market, Roy Choi & Jon Favreau from El Jefe, Ben Ford from Ford’s Filling Station, Sarah Hymanson & Sara Kramer from Madcapra, Jessica Koslow from Sqirl, Ori Menashe from Bestia, Mark Rosati from Shake Shack, Michael Voltaggio from ink., Micah Wexler from Wexler’s Deli, Vic Casanova from Au Fudge, Amy Deaderick from Tavern, Dahlia Narvaez from Osteria Mozza and more.
Program presenters included Jessica Alba, Shonda Rhimes, Julie Bowen and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Additionally rapper Ja Rule performed a set during dinner.
The Spare Room, in the famed Roosevelt Hotel, created a custom bar for the evening. World-renowned DJ Samantha Ronson was DJ for the after party.
The cocktail hour included a silent auction featuring a lynx fur coat from THE ROW, a Chanel Paris Fashion Week Experience, a buy-out of Trois Mec, a private dinner + wine pairing from Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo, and much more.
Photo Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Baby2Baby
The 2015 Baby2Baby Gala was designed and produced by Los Angeles’ top event specialist, Yifat Oren of Yifat Oren & Associates.