A-listers gather for luncheon

HOLLYWOOD – If there’s a lesson to be learned from the Hollywood Foreign Press Installation luncheon Aug. 9 at the BevHills Hotel, it’s that giving away money draws a crowd.

The nonprofit HFPA nets roughly $6 million annually from the Golden Globes, and this year it distributed a record $1.2 million to more than two dozen film-related charities.

“That’s one way to make friends in Hollywood,” said Marc Anthony, who was among the stars presenting checks. “You say, ‘Hi, nice to meet you. Here’s a $100,000 check.’ “

Before the presentations, prexy Jorge Camara said the HFPA’s grants “focus on heritage and the future of film. We’re supporting preservation through organizations like the Film Foundation, and the future through scholarships at film schools.”

Anthony and wife Jennifer Lopez as well as Jamie Foxx and Hilary Swank did the presenting. Charlize Theron, Forest Whitaker, Peter Falk, Sam Elliott and Christine Lahti were among the stars accepting for orgs that included the Sundance Institute ($100,000); the American Cinematheque ($50,000); and the Ghetto Film School ($15,000).

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