HFPA flashing cash

Foreign press group donates $601,500

HOLLYWOOD — The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. presented $601,500 in donations Wednesday to a slew of nonprofits, foundations and film schools — or, as co-moderator Jamie Lee Curtis said, the org toppers were putting “their money where their globes are.”

The HFPA doled out the dough during its annual summer officer installation luncheon.

This amounted to the biggest single-year donation yet. In the past nine years, HFPA has granted more than $3,592,000 in coin.

Joining Curtis and the masses of flacks who showed up at the BevHills Hotel for the event were Tom Cruise, Zooey Deschanel, Kirk and Anne Douglas, Brendan Fraser, Ed Harris, Edward James Olmos, George Takei and Jennifer Tilly, all of whom took the podium to accept gifts for respective orgs. Joining Curtis as moderators were newly elected HFPA prexy Lorenzo Soria and Jeff Bridges.

Diverse recipients

Among those to receive funding this year were the Film Foundation Inc., CalArts, the Sundance Institute, FilmAid International, Independent Feature Project West, Los Angeles Conservancy, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, and the Anne and Kirk Douglas Playground Awards Program.

In addition, scholarship funds were announced for California Institute of the Arts School of Film/Video, UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, California State U, Northridge Dept. of Cinema and Television Arts, USC School of Cinema-Television, Florida State U’s Film School, North Carolina School of the Arts, Columbia U’s School of the Arts, and AFI’s Conservatory Scholarship Program.

Newly elected prexy Lorenzo Soria introduced this year’s officers, which include Lawrie Masterson, re-elected VP; Philip Berk, treasurer; Munawar Hosain, exec secretary; and board members Dagmar Dunlevy (chairman), Elmar Biebl, Yani Begakis, Jean Cummings, Mira Panajotovic and Marlene von Arx (alternate).

Soria also presented former HFPA prexy Dunlevy with an honorary Golden Globe.

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