The dinner honored Bilson and Kristen Bell as the org’s new No Kid Hungry Champions. Bell could not attend the event, but her speech was read by her close friend and fellow actor Todd Grinnell.
“When my kids are hungry, they power down like tiny, cranky robots and there’s no re-booting or re-setting them until they eat,” read Grinnell. “I can’t imagine what it’d be like if I couldn’t give them what they need.”
Bell received some laughs from the room when she tossed to her co-honoree Bilson.
“I’m very sorry I couldn’t be here, but Rachel is cute enough for both of us,” Bell wrote.
Following the introduction from her absent co-honoree, Bilson spoke about her experience as a new mother influencing her care for all children.
“I’m a new mom-ish. She’s almost one… but you kind of feel like a mom to all kids,” she said. “Finding out that so many children are hungry is just not okay.”
She continued, “For children to have a full tummy, they are able to learn and dream big and so many important things and shape our country… I’m so happy to be a part of this.”
Honorary event chair Bridges also spoke about his longtime support of No Kid Hungry.
“This No Kid Hungry thing is really working… and here in Los Angeles 100 percent of our kids get school breakfast. Three years ago, before No Kid Hunger, only 20 percent of kids received breakfast,” he shared.
During the dinner, Share Our Strength founder Billy Shore stated that fundraising for last year’s 30th anniversary reached almost half a billion dollars in the org’s fight to end childhood hunger. The money kept flowing over dessert when Shore started the auction bidding with an all-inclusive trip to San Francisco with free dinners and a tour of the sites.
The room went quiet for a minute after a member of the audience purposely overbid on an ultimate food truck party to feed 100 people at home. It was sold at $100,000.