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HFPA shares the wealth

200g for Film Foundation, Douglases accept for playgrounds

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. gave almost half a million dollars to various film-related organizations at its annual charity luncheon Wednesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel. As a not-for-profit org, HFPA must donate a portion of the revenues generated by the telecast of its Golden Globe awards, held in January.

“We don’t like to dictate how the money gets spent,” said newly elected president Dagmar Dunlevy, who emceed the event. “We prefer to give it over to the organizations and let them use their wisdom to see who needs it the most.”

Clint Eastwood accepted a $200,000 check on behalf of Film Foundation, which restores motion pictures.

Kirk and Anne Douglas were awarded a small sum for their foundation, which supplies elementary schools in L.A. with new playgrounds.Julia Ormond accepted for FilmAid, which sends films to refugee camps.

“I’m going to send you the videotape so you can see the children, whose faces we are so used to seeing fraught with tension and pain, giggling and happy watching Bugs Bunny and Charlie Chaplin,” Ormond told luncheon attendees.The luncheon went off with only a few hitches, which included Dunlevy’s omission of Ormond as a “special guest” at the beginning and Eastwood nearly calling the Golden Globes the Academy Awards. But at least no one missed receiving their check because they were in the bathroom.

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