Glitter may be an overused word when it comes to LA’s high-powered party scene, but it’s the only one to describe Baby2Baby’s annual gala in West Hollywood last Saturday night. Guests including Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine, Lydia Hearst, Miranda Kerr, JJ Abrams, Meena Harris and Alexandra Daddario showed up in larger-than-life red carpet looks to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the non-profit organization held at the Pacific Design Center.
The organization, founded by Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, was certainly something to celebrate. Over the past decade, Baby2Baby has donated over 200 million items and served over one million children in over 150 cities across the country. “In retrospect, the past nine years look like a dress rehearsal,” Weinstein said. “Of the 200 million items we have distributed over the past ten years, 100 million of them have been distributed in the past 18 months. Our business hasn’t shut down a single day from the pandemic, and we’ve grown in every way imaginable. “
Last year, Baby2Baby also began producing their own diapers and formulas to better meet the demand caused by the pandemic, as well as natural disasters such as the Texas Freeze, California wildfires and Hurricane. Ida. “In March 2020, we had an 860% increase in requests for our most essential items,” says Sawyer. “There were actually no diapers, wipes or formulas on the shelves, so we got one of the most surprising calls in our history from FEMA asking for help. It was a real moment. bulb.
After being greeted with cocktails from The Spare Room, guests were treated to a food truck-style selection of the city’s liveliest dishes in lieu of a sit-down dinner, hosted by award-winning chef-owners James Beard , Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. As crowds lined up for Pearl River Deli’s char sir noodles, Craig’s vegan crab cakes, Felix’s cacio e pepe rigatoni, Burritos La Palma’s birria burritos and Nobu’s black cod seconds, Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez held court outside Jitlada’s curry stand, and Sarah Meyer Michaelson served potato fritters topped with her own Roe caviar.
Once, and only after the food stalls were cleaned up, James Corden, the evening’s host, kicked off the program in his cheeky style. “Don’t worry, Jeff,” he joked. “I have personally taken it upon myself to make sure Leonardo DiCaprio is not here tonight.” This year’s winner was Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late Kobe Bryant, who was in attendance with her daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri. It was an emotional moment when Bryant received the Giving Tree Award from Kerry Washington. “I have to start by saying how much I miss my perfect date tonight,” she said. “My husband Kobe loved attending these galas. With his big smile, he looked at me and said, “Tonight I’m your plus one. This is the one event where I don’t have to do anything other than being your date, helping families, and enjoying great food.
Mindy Kaling and Nicole Richie led the fundraising portion of the evening in which over $ 8 million was donated, double the amount of the 2019 gala and a milestone that was duly celebrated with a DJ performance. Nice and Ciara who got everyone out of their seats. The evening ended with an afterparty during which Samantha Ronson provided the tunes. As Alex Israel and Giovanna Battaglia Englebert danced through the night holding a box of Jon & Vinny pizza, other guests grabbed slices of pie from cult restaurant The Apple Pan for the road. As the party wrapped up, Sawyer said, “We all love to dress up, have a good time, have a drink and a great return performance, but the real reason we’re here is for the kids we serve, to make sure they have the basic essentials they need and that their families are supported.