Mellody Hobson and George Lucas

Mellody Hobson and George Lucas Receive Honors At Geffen Playhouse Annual Fundraiser
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A star-studded fundraiser at the Geffen Playhouse and the pre-show host committee dinner grossed over $1.5 million, a record, for the Geffen Playhouse's education, outreach and artistic initiatives on Sunday, March 22, 2015. 
Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the not-for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition.

During the event, multi-award winning composer and a Geffen Playhouse Board Founding Trustee Quincy Jones presented the Distinction in Service Award to Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson and distinguished filmmaker George Lucas.  Tony nominated director Jason Moore presented the Distinction in Theater Award to producer David Furnish and internationally renowned singer/songwriter and performer, Sir Elton John. 

Event highlights included performances by a host of stars from the stage and screen including Samuel L. Jackson and Virtuoso violinist, Lee England, Jr. who, coincidentally, played for Mellody Hobson and George Lucas's wedding. England performed his version of "All of Me" by John Legend. Samuel L. Jackson regaled the audience with his story of stumbling into acting in college and for the love of a girl. The acting panned out and so did the girl, LaTanya Richardson. She became his wife and to this day, Jackson proclaims, "Is my harshest critic and biggest supporter." 

Monies raised benefit the Geffen Playhouse's artistic initiatives including new play development, playwright commissions, and second productions, as well as the not-for-profit's award-winning education and outreach programs which help bring the excitement of live theater to more than 15,000 disadvantaged youth, seniors and veterans annually.

Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen (who made the initial donation to the theater), and proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts. 

Photo caption: (left to right) George Lucas & Mellody Hobson and Sir Elton John & David Furnish Honored at Backstage at the Geffen Playhouse Annual Fundraiser on March 22, 2015. Photo credit: Jordan Strauss / Invision


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