Sunday, June 1, 2008

Moore, Kutcher raise funds for homeless initiative

Moore, Kutcher raise funds for homeless initiative

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and several of their famous colleagues — including newlyweds Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller — spread their wings Saturday night at the exclusive Butterfly Ball fundraiser benefiting Chrysalis, a Los Angeles-based organization that helps homeless men and women find jobs and homesWe love it, and we really believe in it," Moore said before the event.

Sheen and Mueller created a stir among photographers and reporters when they arrived on the ball's purple carpet. It was the first public appearance by the recently married couple, who wed Friday night. The "Two and a Half Men" star and real estate developer were engaged last summer after meeting at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in 2006. The newlyweds didn't stay for this year's ceremony.

Inside, the evening almost served as a "That '70s Show" reunion. Before dinner, Topher Grace stopped by Kutcher's table, just a few seats away from fellow former "'70s Show" co-star Mila Kunis. Kutcher and Grace were interrupted by 15-year-old singer Spensha Baker, who performed after Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair was honored. Baker was eager to meet the "What Happens in Vegas" star.

The casts of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" were also out en masse to laud executive producer Mark Gordon during the ceremony, which was attended by over 800 people. Among them: Katherine Heigl, Kate Walsh, Tim Daly, Eric Dane, T.R. Knight and Justin Chambers, who has no idea what will ensue following his character Alex's steamy season finale kiss with Heigl's Izzie.

"We go back in three weeks," Chambers told The Associated Press before the festivities. "I have no idea what's going to happen. It's always so last minute that we really have no clue what's going to happen. I just want the writers to keep making an entertaining show. They always have a way or surprising us actors."

Other famous faces in attendance at the Butterfly Ball included emcee Chris Kattan, co-chair Rebecca Gayheart, Eva Mendes, Jason Lewis, Seth MacFarlane, Brett Ratner, Keyshia Cole, Patrick Muldoon, Amaury Nolasco, Eliza Dushku and Jason Segel, who honored Universal Pictures production president Donna Langley. The event was said to have raised over $1 million for Chrysalis.


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