Last night the stars all aligned Saturday November 7, 2015, at The Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills for Wild Aid’s “An Evening in Africa” fundraiser debut. Fergie and Josh Duhamel’s arrival lit up the red carpet, which was lined with everyone from Executive Director of WildAid Peter Knights, Michael Cudlitz of “The Walking Dead,” Amy Tan author of “The Joy Luck Club,” the benefit’s honoree Maggie Q known best known from her role in the “Divergent” series, Bo Derek with her beau John Corbett (Sex in the City’s heartthrob Aiden), Kristin Bauer of “True Blood,” the always funny Chevy Chase of the iconic Vacation movie as well as recent 2015 film “Hot Tub Time Machine,” Hal Sparks of “Queer As Folk,” Terry McMillan the writer and producer of female empowering story “Waiting to Exhale,” Brianna Evigan of “Step Up 2: The Streets,” GRAMMY® winning songwriter Diane Warren (Because You Loved Me—the theme from Up Close & Personal), and the youngest red carpet walker Aidan Gallagher of Nickelodeon’s “Ricky, Nicky, Dicky and Dawn.”
The night began with cocktails and a silent auction with animal friendly products, and segued into dinner and dancing. I spoke with several of the celebrity ambassadors on the red carpet about WildAid’s innovative approach to stop consumption of wildlife products shut as shark fin, elephant ivory and rhino horn.
Watch here. (Warning: Footage contains some adult content and humor).
HIGHLIGHTS on the red carpet:
Peter Knights shared a personal dramatic story involving Maggie Q.
Maggie Q was the best dressed of the evening in her Tory Burch designed dress. She talked about her upcoming nuptials to fiancee Dylan McDermott telling me the wedding is date should be next summer.
Amy Tan revealed news about her very personal upcoming book about her writer’s mind due out next year.
Terry McMillan shared her new book love story project as well.
Diane Warren pulled her friend and Hollywood A-list talent manager Joanne Horowitz onto the red carpet with her to chat about WildAid.
Kristin Bauer tells us what she’s thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Aidan Gallagher shares a child’s view on poaching.
Josh Duhamel, with newly released film “Lost In the Sun,” laughs and pauses to think when I ask, “What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done to aid a friend?” But comedians Hal Sparks and Chevy Chase needed no time at all to answer the question.
See how you can get involved, pledge and donate at WildAid.org.
Special thanks to camera assist Stephanie Cox and Steve Valentine of Valentine Group LA.
THE MONTAGE HOTEL,BEVERLY HILLS
225 N Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Celebrity interviews / Benefit interviews by Nicole Hanratty
Posted November 8, 2015