Paper lanterns lit up the Commissary Lawn at Sony as stars and execs showed up for the April 20 party Spring Break: Destination Education.
Bob Greenblatt, Kevin Tsujihara, Topher Grace as well as Liam and Chris Hemsworth were among those in Culver City who expressed their support for City Year, a nonprofit committed to lowering high-school dropout rates.
There was no shortage of photo ops as Universal brought a Minion from “Despicable Me,” Deluxe made flipbooks featuring the title character from Disney-Marvel’s upcoming “Iron Man 3″ and Sony invited a costumed Smurf, who ambled about with an entourage to keep him from bumping into guests.
Event co-chair Stacey Snider took the stage after some moving remarks from a current City Year mentor. “I’m in the movie business. I should know better than to follow that,” said Snider, who quickly added, “and to collect myself.”
City Year’s Andrew Hauptman told the crowd that the nonprofit’s headquarters were only a few blocks from last week’s bomb explosions in Boston, and the 8-year-old boy killed in the attack attended a City Year-supported school.
Perfs from Skylar Grey and LMFAO’s SkyBlu capped the evening, which raised $1.3 million.