The 9th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in Brentwood, brought out a combination of Hollywood Executives and celebrities to honor those helping the homeless in Los Angeles.
This year’s event honored Seth MacFarlane, Creator and Executive Producer of Family Guy, Ryan Murphy, Creator of Glee and Executive Producer of Eat, Pray, Love, and Brett Ratner, Director of Rush Hour and Chrysalis Board Member.
Ratner’s acceptance speech brought both himself and the attendees to tears. He thanked his grandparents, now in their 90s, and shared the story of how he saw the father he barely knew, alone on a park bench, homeless. His father was too embarrassed to reach out and ask for help. Ratner decided to dedicate his life to Chrysalis, an organization committed to reuniting people with their families and help economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.
Cast members of Glee were in attendance, including Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, and Mark Salling. Morrison sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the song he performed during his audition for Glee. Other celebrities in attendance included Ryan Phillippe, Christina Ricci, Sophia Bush, Eva Mendes, Ashley Greene, and Ben Stiller.
Chrysalis has three locations in Los Angeles. Event co-chair and 20th Century Fox Television Chairman Dana Walden said she just visited their location on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Other locations include one in Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley.
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