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Designer John Varvatos shut down Melrose Avenue on a sunny Sunday afternoon for his 11th annual event benefiting Stuart House, a program of the rape treatment center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center that focuses on helping sexually abused children.
About 1,600-1,800 people were expected to attend the event, a charity concert and action held outside Varvatos’ boutique at 8800 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood (near Robertson Boulevard). Varvatos told The Hollywood Reporter that he was hoping to raise $1.3 million-$1.5 million from the family-friendly event (last year’s event brought in $830,000 for a total of more than $3.5 million up to that point).
Amy Adams and her actor-artist fiance, Darren Le Gallo, served as honorary co-chairs of the benefit. Adams told THR that she got involved with Stuart House about five years ago when she was asked to host a brunch there and witnessed firsthand the work of the organization, overseen by its founder and director, Gail Abarbanel.
“Seeing work they did and the impact that it had on the boys and girls, women and men, who are affected by this, it was pretty amazing,” she said. “Once I visited, I was kind of in for life.”
Added Le Gallo: “Having a [3-year-old] daughter, it’s even more close to home, but seeing how everything [at Stuart House] is contained, and it’s a really safe environment, and it makes the kids feel comfortable talking about something that is really hard to talk about, that’s huge. Hopefully every state will have one of these eventually.”
Adams — dressed in Tori Burch blazer and blouse along with Rag & Bone jeans — said she also appreciated the laid-back nature of Sunday’s event. “I’m wearing casual clothes on the red carpet,” laughed the Oscar-nominated American Hustle actress, who is fresh off the grueling duties of awards season.
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