Though Allen didn’t fulfill his promise, performers like Cody Karey and Chris Cornell kept the party moving at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
And a star-studded tribute video to honoree Jeff Robinov cracked up everybody. Josh Brolin advised the Warner Bros. Pictures prexy that if “you gave us more money, we could give you more money to give to charities.” While showing off his past trophies, Steve Carell told the honoree that “in your own way, I consider you my homecoming queen.”
Morgan Freeman, though, got the biggest laugh when he appeared onscreen to thank Robinov, saying, “Despite what you heard on Facebook, I’m still here.”
Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas then introduced Robinov, with Nolan thanking the MS Society “for giving me this chance to make Jeff uncomfortable.”
Robinov noted, “It only goes to show that if you stick around long enough, you get credit for everything.”
Also honored was Melissa Sherak Glasser, who thanked the crowd for donating out of the goodness of their heart “or because you got a call from my dad asking for your help.”
Tom Sherak was particularly emotional, since the dinner was his last as chair after 20 years. He joked about his persistence, declaring that he stayed outside Robinov’s office for months.