HFPA Donations Top $2 Million For 2015

by HFPA August 13, 2015

Jamie Lee Curtis accepts for the Children’s Hospital /St. Judes /Lollipop Theater.

The HFPA gave away more than $2 million in donations during a gala dinner packed with stars and surprises at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Beverly Hills, CA. August 13, 2015 Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents annual Grants Dinner Thursday night from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  The HFPA will present more than $2 million in donations to non-profit entertainment-related organizations and scholarship programs.  Pictured:  HFPA President Lorenzo Soria
Beverly Hills, CA. August 13, 2015 Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents annual Grants Dinner Thursday night from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The HFPA will present more than $2 million in donations to non-profit entertainment-related organizations and scholarship programs. Pictured: HFPA President Lorenzo Soria

The amount tops last year's contributions of more than $1.9 million and brings the total amount given away by the HFPA to $21.6 million over the last 25 years. And HFPA President Lorenzo Soria told the guests: "Stay tuned because this is just the first of several more major grants and endowments we will be announcing in the next few months." He said that among those who had benefited in the past from the donations were 1,329 students who received scholarships which had allowed them to pursue their dreams; 92 films had been restored, including the original King Kong and A Fistful of Dollars; and youngsters from East L.A to East Africa had all had their lives changed for the better. "We are proud to say we have made a difference in many lives," he said. "The Golden Globes may be the most high-profile of the HFPA's activities, but our support for cultural non-profits has engaged the passionate commitment of every one of our members." Contributions made by the HFPA aid a wide range of projects, including the preservation of films, higher education, training and mentoring and the promotion of cultural exchange through cinema.

Beverly Hills, CA. August 13, 2015 Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents annual Grants Dinner Thursday night from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  The HFPA will present more than $2 million in donations to non-profit entertainment-related organizations and scholarship programs.  Pictured: Lady Gaga accepts for the Music Center / Young Musicians Foundation with Emily Blunt and John Krasinsky.
Lady Gaga accepts for the Music Center / Young Musicians Foundation with Emily Blunt and John Krasinsky.

Soria introduced a video clip highlighting some of the organizations and individuals who have benefited from the HFPA's donations and grants including Outfest, the L.A Conservancy, L.A. City College and the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

Beverly Hills, CA. August 13, 2015 Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents annual Grants Dinner Thursday night from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  The HFPA will present more than $2 million in donations to non-profit entertainment-related organizations and scholarship programs.  Pictured:  Halle Berry accepts for the Globalgirl Media / Film Aid.
Halle Berry accepts for the Globalgirl Media / Film Aid.

A host of stars, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Lady Gaga, Andrew Garfield, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Benicio del Toro, Ice Cube, Elizabeth Banks and Jane Fonda were on hand to accept the checks on behalf of the charities. The glittering evening began with a surprise performance from Nick Jonas who, accompanied by five musicians, sang Wonderful World. He then introduced Jamie Lee Curtis, who co-stars with him in the TV series Scream Queens and who accepted the first checks on behalf of Children's Hospital ($25,000), St. Jude's and the Lollipop Theater ($20,000). She said the HFPA was a little older than she is but it had been fun to see it develop alongside her.

Beverly Hills, CA. August 13, 2015 Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents annual Grants Dinner Thursday night from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  The HFPA will present more than $2 million in donations to non-profit entertainment-related organizations and scholarship programs.  Pictured:  Elizabeth Banks arrives on the red carpet.
Elizabeth Banks arrives on the red carpet.

She was followed by Halle Berry who announced she was 49 the next day and accepted checks for Globalgirl Media ($10,000) and Film Aid ($60,000). Lady Gaga received a big round of applause and raised laughter when she confessed she had just snorted a piece of olive up her nose. She accepted checks for the Music Center ($5,000) and Young Musicians Foundation ($10,000). "Let's make young people feel good about themselves," she said. Jane Fonda, who appeared in Barefoot in the Park and The Electric Horseman with Robert Redford, paid tribute to the actor's commitment to the art of film and accepted a check for the Sundance Institute and for Women Make Films.

Beverly Hills, CA. August 13, 2015 Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents annual Grants Dinner Thursday night from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  The HFPA will present more than $2 million in donations to non-profit entertainment-related organizations and scholarship programs.  Pictured:  Jon Hamm arrives on the red carpet.
Pictured: Jon Hamm arrives on the red carpet.

Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, who star together in the upcoming film Sicario, teamed up on stage for American Cinematheque, AFI and the UCLA and NY film schools, although both had trouble reading the Teleprompter, drawing laughter from the audience and applause when they finished. Other stars who had earlier walked the red carpet for the benefit of the phalanx of photographers and TV crews and who teamed up on stage to accept donations included Ice Cube and O'Shea Jackson; Sarah Silverman and John Kraskinski; Topher Grace and Dakota Johnson; Allison Janney and Ty Burrell; Elizabeth Banks and Jon Hamm ; Saoirse Ronan and Andrew Garfield; America Ferrera and Jason Isaacs; Sophia Bush and Zachary Levi; Joe Manganiello and Brie Larson; Jack Huston and John Boyega.

Beverly Hills, CA. August 13, 2015 Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents annual Grants Dinner Thursday night from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  The HFPA will present more than $2 million in donations to non-profit entertainment-related organizations and scholarship programs.  Pictured:  O
O'Shea Jackson and Ice Cube arrive on the red carpet.

A total of 55 organizations received amounts ranging from $5,000 to $350,000 during the evening. In May the HFPA announced its largest donation ever, pledging $2 million to the Los Angeles City College Foundation for the college's cinema and television department, something Bryan Cranston paid tribute to during the evening as he accepted the check. Historically the Film Foundation has received the largest single donation and this year received $350,000 which was accepted by Jake Gyllenhaal on behalf of Martin Scorsese who created the foundation 25 years ago. Among other donations, the UCLA film school received $125,00, the L.A. County Museum of Art $125,000 and Film Aid International and Cal State Long Beach, Los Angeles and Northridge $60,000 each. In the Special Projects category, the Children's Hospital received $25,000; the Lollipop Theater Network, which provides screenings for children in hospital, $20,000; and the Young Storytellers Foundation and Young Musicians Foundation, $10,000 each.

Beverly Hills, CA. August 13, 2015 Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents annual Grants Dinner Thursday night from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  The HFPA will present more than $2 million in donations to non-profit entertainment-related organizations and scholarship programs.  Pictured:  Topher Grace and Ashley Hinshaw arrive on the red carpet.
Topher Grace and Ashley Hinshaw arrive on the red carpet.

Streetlights, which works to bring ethnic diversity to the behind-the-camera world of feature films, television and commercial production through job training, job placement and networking opportunities, received $10,000. The dinner symbolizes the kickoff to the awards season because gathered around the power tables at the Beverly Wilshire were the Hollywood marketers who will compete in the coming months for Golden Globes nominations and wins. Over the years, the grants event has evolved into almost a mini-Globes with its own red carpet arrivals and a roster of high profile stars showing up to accept not statuettes but sizable checks from the HFPA on behalf of the wide range of charities.

Beverly Hills, CA. August 13, 2015 Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents annual Grants Dinner Thursday night from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  The HFPA will present more than $2 million in donations to non-profit entertainment-related organizations and scholarship programs.  Pictured: Nick Jonas performing.
Nick Jonas performing.

2015-2016 Officers President Lorenzo Soria Vice President Meher Tatna Executive Secretary Serge Rakhlin Treasurer Jorge Camara Board of Directors Theo Kingma Luca Celada Ali Sar Anke Hofmann Helen Hoehne Mario Amaya (alternate).

 

 

 

 

 

The Complete list of HFPA Grants for 2016, by category:

HIGHER EDUCATION FELLOWSHIPS & INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT

·         California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) – $60,000

·         Cal State Fullerton – $25,500

·         Cal State Long Beach – $60,000

·         Cal State Los Angeles – $60,000

·         Cal State Northridge – $60,000

·         Columbia University – $60,000

·         Los Angeles City College – $25,000

·         Mt. San Antonio College Foundation – $10,000

·         New York University – $50,000

·         University of California, Los Angeles – $125,000

 

HFPA SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP ENDOWMENTS

·         American Film Institute – $20,000

·         CalArts – $12,500

·         Cal State Fullerton – $5,000

·         Cal State Long Beach – $5,000

·         Cal State Los Angeles – $2,550

·         Cal State Northridge – $5,000

·         Columbia University – $20,000

·         Los Angeles City College – $4,000

·         Loyola Marymount – $20,000

·         Mt. San Antonio College Foundation – $5,000

·         New York University – $20,000

·         UCLA – $20,000

·         University of North Carolina – $5,000

·         University of Southern California – $20,000

 

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & MENTORING

·         American Film Institute – $30,000

·         Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment – $15,000

·         Exceptional Minds – $25,000

·         Film Independent, Project: Involve – $60,000

·         Independent Filmmaker Project (Brooklyn, NY) – $20,000

·         International Documentary Association – $10,000

·         Motion Picture & Television Fund – $10,000

·         New Filmmakers Los Angeles – $10,000

·         SAG/AFTRA Foundation – $10,000

·         Streetlights – $10,000

·         Sundance Institute – $100,000

·         Women Make Movies – $10,000

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & EDUCATION

·         California State Summer School Arts Foundation – $25,000

·         Echo Park Film Center – $10,000

·         Ghetto Film School – $30,000

·         GlobalGirl Media – $10,000

·         Inner-City Arts (Downtown LA) – $30,000

·         Inner City Filmmakers (Santa Monica) – $30,000

·         LAUSD/USC Arts & Engineering Magnet – $25,000

·         Los Angeles County High School for the Arts – $25,000

·         The Music Center – $5,000

 

PRESERVE THE CULTURE & HISTORY OF FILM

·         Film Noir Foundation – $25,000

·         Outfest (UCLA LGBT project) – $35,000

·         The Film Foundation – $350,000

·         Toronto International Film Festival – $15,000

 

PROMOTE CULTURAL EXCHANGE THROUGH FILM

·         American Cinematheque – $45,000

·         Film Independent at LACMA, Bring the Noise – $125,000

·         FilmAid International – $60,000

·         Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles – $15,000

·         Library Foundation of Los Angeles – $10,000

·         Los Angeles Conservancy, Last Remaining Seats – $35,000

·         Museum of the Moving Image – $10,000

·         San Francisco Silent Film Festival – $10,000

·         University of California, Berkeley Film Archive – $20,000

·         University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (Ebertfest) – $10,000

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

·         Children’s Hospital – $25,000

·         Ensemble Studio Theatre – $15,000

·         Gingold Theatre Group/Shaw Festival – $10,000

·         Lollipop Theater Network – $20,000

·         Pablove Foundation – $10,000

·         Young Musicians Foundation – $10,000

·         Young Storytellers Foundation – $10,000

 

ONE TIME GRANTS

Higher Education: Fellowships & Institutional Support

·         Cal State Fullerton – $50,000

·         Cal State Long Beach – $40,000

·         Cal State Los Angeles – $50,000

·         Mount San Antonio College – $30,000

Other Grantees

·         Los Angeles County High School for the Arts – $41,466

·         Motion Picture and Television Fund – $47,665

 

2016 GRANTS FOR NEW GRANTEES

·         Kids in the Spotlight – $10,000

·         Hollywood Heritage Museum – $10,000