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A former diplomat, a past president, some actors and some rockers convene to raise money and awareness.  

By Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
October 13, 2006

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong mingled with former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson IV and his wife, outed CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Comedian George Lopez tried to rouse support for gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. (Not an easy task these days among some members of the celebrity set.)

And former president Bill Clinton came to town to raise money for the Democrats.

There's been so much going on in Hollywood this week, you needed that cloning doctor from "Multiplicity" to keep up with it all salons, charity balls, award banquets, political fund-raisers, book signings (Arianna Huffington's) and exclusive dinner parties where politics is the main topic of discussion.

"It's fall," said actress Samantha Mathis, who hosted a salon at Creative Artists Agency on Wednesday evening to raise awareness about the serial murders in Guatemala, where 2,200 women have been killed since 2001.

"This is the time when people in Hollywood get dressed up and come out," she said.

On Saturday, more than a thousand people gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the second Noche de Ninos Gala to benefit Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The event was started in 2004, under the stewardship of media mogul Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl, who have pledged more than $40 million to the hospital in recent years. Now, Noche de Ninos is considered one of the city's most exclusive fund-raisers, where there's a waiting list of people willing to pay $10,000 for admission.

Over a matter of a few hours, the Sabans along with DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and TV personality Giselle Fernandez-Farrand raised more than $4.5 million for the hospital, where seriously ill children receive care from some of the country's best doctors regardless of their families' ability to pay.

Actor Johnny Depp, McDonald's Corp. chief operations officer Ralph Alvarez and Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and his wife, Debbie, each received the "Courage to Care" award for their commitment to children and children's charities.

Actress Jennifer Lopez, who was recognized last year for her efforts at the hospital, was there to present the award to Depp. "His commitment to children really sets him apart," Lopez said. Depp, who rarely makes public appearances, said he was "thankful and so touched" to receive the award.

Access Hollywood's Billy Bush hosted the evening's festivities, actor Ray Romano performed stand-up comedy and comedian Billy Crystal hosted the evening's live auction. (Crystal opened the action by offering to sell his valet parking ticket. Haim Saban offered $50,000. Crystal joked: "I'll throw in the car," a Ford hybrid.)

On Monday evening, director Paul Mazursky held a small dinner party at his Beverly Hills home to discuss the state of the world with Amnesty International USA's new director, Larry Cox.

"This is an incredibly important time in the fight for human rights around the world," Cox told the group, which included actor Leonard Nimoy, Mathis and Bonnie Abaunza, director of Artists for Amnesty. "The idea of human rights has come under attack like I've never seen before. And never would I have anticipated that the attack would come from our own government. Secret detentions without access to courts. Subjected to all techniques and means of torture.

"Our task at the moment is to turn the country back," Cox said.

The issue of human rights was also a big topic of discussion on Tuesday evening at the People for the American Way's awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton.

The event served a dual purpose: to commemorate the organization that was started 25 years ago by television producer Norman Lear and to encourage Hollywood activists to stay involved in efforts to keep religious extremism out of government. "It is both a high calling and a profound responsibility to defend society in which we are privileged to live," Lear said.

George Lopez hosted the gala, attended by director Rob Reiner, Warner Bros. Entertainment head Alan Horn, political blogger Huffington (who has been traveling the country promoting her book, "On Becoming Fearless in Love, Work and Life), "The West Wing" and "Studio 60" creator Aaron Sorkin, former Motion Picture Assn. of America head Jack Valenti and Angelides (whose candidacy has divided people in Hollywood. A number of the industry's Democratic heavyweights, including Saban and Horn, have come out in favor of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.).

Joseph Wilson gave the keynote address. "Our rights, privileges and responsibilities, enshrined in the constitution, are today all too often taken for granted by a docile citizenry or worse, undermined by a cynical political class in the name of security but, in fact, for the sake of power," he said, as wife Plame listened.

"We should never forget the prophetic words of Benjamin Franklin: 'They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither.' "

The group honored the work of "The West Wing" and "Studio 60" producer Thomas Schlamme, his actress wife Christine Lahti, MPAA president Dan Glickman and the band Green Day. Lead singer Armstrong strode to the podium with his two bandmates to accept the award.

"My gut reaction was always to lash out in anger ... under the current president and the corporate blowhards he calls his administration," Armstrong said. "Then I decided to wake up."

After the band left the stage, George Lopez closed the event. He mimicked: "OK, everyone, have a nice evening."

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