Director Jim Sheridan offered a glimpse of heaven at the Art of Elysium’s second annual black-tie charity gala Saturday.
The “In America” helmer, who received the nonprofit’s Visionary award, created the visual and conceptual designs for the affair, using a heavenly theme as inspiration.
Held at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral downtown, the event raised more than $750,000 for the org, which encourages actors, artists and musicians to volunteer their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions.
Hosted by Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and fashion designer Rosetta Millington Getty, the fete drew a number of thesps who have worked with Sheridan in the past such as Tobey Maguire and Joy Bryant.
“I haven’t organized an event like this since my own wedding, which was 36 years ago,” said Sheridan at the cocktail party before the event, which featured a sit-down dinner, a fashion show set to a live opera performance and an introduction to many of the children who benefit from the charity. “So, of course, I’m a little bit nervous about how it will turn out.”
The more than 400 guests included Sting, Kate Bosworth, Marisa Tomei, Gerard Butler, Kirsten Dunst, Aaron Eckhart, Patricia Arquette, Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Elijah Wood, Rachel Griffiths and Topher Grace. Entertainment for the evening also included a acoustic rendition of “Amazing Grace” by singer Priscilla Ahn.
“The money raised tonight will go a long way to support the programs Elysium provides, which do so much to help children who need encouragement during their difficult time,” Kavanaugh said.