Hollywood Foreign Press gives away $1.2 million

August 12th, 2009 - 7:13 pm ICT by IBNS  

Aug 12 (IBNS) Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave away $1.2 million in grant to arts organizations nationwide during its luncheon on Tuesday.

The association also gives out gold-and-marble statuettes at the annual Golden Globe Awards.

Columbiamissourian.com reported that Warren Beatty, Rose McGowan, Eva Longoria Parker and Dylan McDermott were among the stars who joined association president Philip Berk at the Beverly Hills Hotel to present grants to 29 film schools and nonprofit groups.

The private, untelevised luncheon drew scads of celebrities and industry execs, who schmoozed over champagne and fine food.

“I always behave badly at events for the Hollywood Foreign Press because they’re more fun than everything else,” Beatty said.

Beaty accepted a $350,000 grant to help the Film Foundation preserve and restore historic films.

Beatty also revealed that he won the “most promising newcomer” award at the first Golden Globes of his career, but he misplaced the trophy. Berk promised the 72-year-old actor a replacement statuette would be in his office by next week.

Longoria Parker accepted the grant of $20,000 on behalf of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and jokingly stuffed the check into her dress.

Carla Gugino, who accepted a $25,000 grant for Inner-City Arts, skipped the TelePrompTer and spoke from the heart about the need for art in impoverished communities.

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