Hotbed Benefit’s A-List Crowd Raised $330k for Sharon and Kelly Stone’s Planet Hope Foundation
Drever Family Foundation’s annual gala featured private performance by Andrea Bocelli
San Francisco, CA – June 9, 2016 – The annual Hotbed Benefit presented by the Drever Family Foundation lit up Tiburon on Saturday June 4 with host Sharon Stone, a star-studded guest list, unforgettable performances, and record amounts raised for Sharon and Kelly Stone’s foundation Planet Hope. TV host Frankie Grande was Ringmaster of the 1920’s French Circus Cirque du Nuit (Night Circus)-themed evening, which included performances by Victoria Noyes, American Idol’s Rayvon Owen, Ru Paul’s Drag Race contestant Laganja Estranja, and a private surprise, intimate performance by Andrea Bocelli.
350 guests gathered under the Big Top at the Drever family’s estate, Giardini del Paradiso, in Tiburon for the fifth annual Hotbed Benefit, sipping cocktails by Patron, and viewing a contemporary art gallery while circus performers entertained until the headliner show: an auction with infectiously energetic auctioneer Sharon Stone and fashion show by couturier Tony Ward. Sharon Stone auctioned off her own 1958 Chevrolet Apache truck for $45,000, making it the highest-selling item of the evening.
Additional Hollywood guests included Gilles Marini, best known for his steamy appearance alongside Samantha Jones in Sex and the City: The Movie, and two time Emmy winning actress Sela Ward, who will next be seen as the President of the United States in the highly anticipated Summer movie, “Independence Day: Resurgence.”
Hotbed has become known for its over-the-top fashion moments, with favorites Joy Venturini Bianchi, Monaz Mehta, Drever Family Foundation Events Director Galen Drever, and fashion designers Jake Wall and Blake Patterson, of JAKE, not to mention Sharon Stone, making stylish entrances on the red carpet.
“What an unforgettable year for Hotbed,” said Galen Drever. “Sharon Stone returned as our host and auctioneer and helped raise an incredible amount of money for her and her sister’s organization, Planet Hope. The extraordinary performances and fashion show made our Night Circus a truly magical evening.”
More information can be found at www.hotbedbenefit.com.
ABOUT THE DREVER FAMILY FOUNDATION: For over 35 years, Jan and Maxwell Drever have put their energies into helping young people access the education they need to excel in life. They have donated to schools, foundations and directly to families and students. They established The Drever Family Foundation to enhance quality of life by supporting education for young adults and the public appreciation of art. The Drever Family Foundation raises awareness and funds for Bay Area educational charities with its annual Hotbed event by giving emerging and established artists in various fields the unique opportunity to exhibit their work in a beautiful outdoor setting. To learn more, please visit 2016 Hotbed Benefit: Le Cirque du Nuitwww.dreverfamilyfoundation.org.
ABOUT PLANET HOPE: Founded in 1993 by sisters Kelly & Sharon Stone, Planet Hope is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides outreach and educational resources to homeless, abused, and terminally ill children. Planet Hope Programs include: Summer Camp, Food and Warmth Resources, Emergency Referral Programs and Hope for the Holidays. To learn more please visit www.planethopefoundation.com.
Photos by Drew Altizer