City Year Throws Its Spring Break Bash at Sony

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.

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