Leggy and lovely, models including Vanessa Moody, Grace Mahary and Shanina Shaik were the first to arrive and quickly set the tone for the evening as a night to remember. Quietly composed, Diane Kruger managed to glide past the crowds in a dazzling blue gown with barely a flutter— until the photographers caught sight of her, that is. Anna Wintour and Michael Kors made quite the power entrance, with a subtly shimmering Emily Blunt quickly flitting over to greet them on arrival. A lightning storm of flashbulbs signaled the arrival of golden girl Kate Hudson, who ensured all eyes stayed on her in a show-stopping embroidered halter dress.
After cocktails, guests were seated for dinner in the expansive Spring Studios space amidst a sea of red roses and tulips. “These are the caftan years, what can I say?” a typically vivacious Bette Midler quipped as she took to the podium to introduce the evening’s honorees. As she welcomed this year’s Golden Heart Award for Outstanding Volunteerism honoree, Michael Sennott, the crowd's applause resounded through the room. Michael Kors took the stage next, presenting Neil Patrick Harris with the Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service. “It seems very fitting that we’re honoring someone who is not only a man of many hats in his industry, but whose compassion for those in need spans the spectrum—from the hungry to those with AIDS to children living in poverty,” Michael said.“He’s a guy that cares about it all.”
The designer also waxed lyrical about Harris’ many philanthropic endeavors. “Who fact checked that?” the actor joked as he walked to the podium to a standing ovation. Demonstrating exactly why he’d been chosen for the award, he confirmed his family’s pledge to make their God’s Love We Deliver kitchen volunteering a yearly Thanksgiving tradition.
All in all, the star-studded evening raised an impressive $2.4 million, helping to ensure that those with life-altering illnesses never go hungry and raising awareness of the charitable foundation in the process. As the evening drew to a close, there was a palpable buzz in the air. “What I love about both God’s Love We Deliver and people like Neil is their spirit: rallying people to join forces and use their talents to make a positive impact,” Michael noted during his speech. And that’s exactly what this glamorous group achieved last night.