Hollywood on the Potomac
“I’ve been on the board for quite some time now,” Party Planner to the Stars David Tutera told Hollywood on the Potomac before boarding a plane from LA to DC for the 22nd Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Gala. “I’ve been part of this foundation for sixteen years and on the board for about ten. I started with them in DC but really got involved not only because it was an event that they asked me to do, but also I personally got involved because I have, as we all have, had many people in our families stricken by cancer and have lost friends and family.”
“Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder, really speaks to the preventative side of cancer and not necessarily raising money for meds. She’s also working on grants across the country and across the world on preventative causes, so it’s really why I got so involved.”
“My team is already there. Because I live in Los Angeles, I have my team from New York coming in. They came in yesterday. We’ve been working on the project for several months with the Ambassador of France, and it’s going to be beautiful. They select their specific ambassadors each year from about a million choices. I’ll arrive probably around 2:00,” he explained. “I’ve already been seeing pictures from my team, and it’s been looking beautiful.”
Actor and social activist Richard Gere didn’t make a big deal over his presence at N Street Village’s Annual Gala at The Ritz-Carlton. As a matter of fact, he blended right in – if that’s possible for the megastar who’s looking better than ever. By blended we mean he didn’t call attention to himself; but rather, focused his attention on the purpose of the evening as well as the honorees. Richard Gere could have been anywhere this night, but was here in Washington, DC.
“I live in New York and spent many many years putting together a film called Time out of Mind. In the process of putting the film out there I’d gotten to know a lot of local groups around the world. I just did the US and they’re (N Street Village) actually one of the better ones: No doubt about it,” he told Hollywood on the Potomac.
“After the release, I had shown the film not only in cities all over America, but also in Europe. I’m here to applaud you, you’re part of an organization that is one of the very top best that I have seen,” he remarked about N Street Village. “I’ve seen some really good ones, some that are not so good, but some that are really good and this is up there at the absolute top of that. They live it (homelessness) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it’s not nice. It’s about housing and community. We need a place, we need to be social beings, but also part of it is we need a place where our key will unlock the door or a letter box. That’s a beginning point, housing first.”
“I love the integrity of the material and the potential future of it. It can go any and everywhere. I think it’s coincidentally the right time for this kind of subject matter to be displayed,” Aldis Hodge, star of “Underground,” told Hollywood on the Potomac. “It’s such a pivotal moment for America’s culture as it stands today because something like this resonates, the subject matter resonates so loudly. I think it’s very, very relevant with the issues we deal with – the social injustice, the miscegenation our personal outlook on our own culture and cultural history. I think something like this can bring a different sort of appreciation for who we are, not only as different individual people, but as Americans because at the end of the day, that’s just what it’s about. We’re all Americans. We’ve got to make it work.”
WGN’S new escape thriller “Underground” was recently celebrated at a White House screening of the series in honor of Black History Month. From executive producers John Legend and Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind,” “I Am Legend”), Underground is set in 1857 and takes viewers on a pulse-pounding journey with revolutionaries of the Underground Railroad and tells the unflinching story of a group of courageous men and women who band together for the fight of their lives – for their families, their future and their freedom.