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HFPA’s power lunch

Aaron Eckhart, John Hamm attend

HOLLYWOOD — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association held its annual installation luncheon July 30 handing out more than $750,000 in grant coin to film schools and non-profit orgs.

The event, which introduced the org’s slate of new and re-elected officers, proved to be a laidback affair with stars such as Aaron Eckhart and John Hamm enjoying white wine and steak medallions.

During the luncheon, Daily Variety associate publisher Brian Gott presented HFPA prexy Jorge Camara with a $20,000 check for the org’s endowment fund.

Hamm, a Golden Globe winner for his lead role in AMC’s “Mad Men,” helped add a comedic flair to the afternoon’s agenda.

“I would like to apologize to the Hollywood Foreign Press because it seems every time they invite me out to do one of these events a catastrophic event occurs,” he joked to the crowd. “First, it was the writer’s strike that cancelled the Globes and now the earthquake. So I would like to apologize in advance for the inevitable hotel fire that is bound to occur after the event.”

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