‘SVU’ star Mariska Hargitay talks about Christine Blasey Ford’s courage during the Kavanaugh hearing, while at her foundation gala in New York City.
There is no doubt that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh were on most people’s minds for the past 24 hours or so.
It was therefore no surprise that “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” star Mariska Hargitay comments on Ford’s testimony, while accepting the champion of hope award for her work with the joyful Heart Foundation on Thursday night the 17th annual Samsung Gala in New York City. “I could not speak tonight without talking about the events of the day,” she said. “I just want to say that I am, and am always deeply moved by the courage. And I believe that that is what I witnessed today.”
Inspired by her portrayal of Olivia Benson on “L&O: SVU,” the Joyful Heart Foundation, founded by Hargitay to help victims of sexual violence, domestic violence and child abuse. “I am very humbled to accept this award, especially during this time when so many extraordinary women’s voices — so many brave survivors have brought so many long-awaited and very necessary change,” she said.
Hargitay’s husband, Peter Hermann, welcomed her commitment. “These are women who for the reach of a fictional character on TV,” he said. “They play the s— out of her role. And not just as a character, but as a human being with compassion in her response to the survivors.”
Last night’s gala raised $3 million for various non-profit organizations supported by Jessica Seinfeld, Kristen Bell, Daymond John, Boomer Esiason, Victor Cruz, Jesse James and Eric Decker, Rob and Marisol Thomas, and more.
Fitz and the Tantrums played a lively opening set for Matthew McConaughey led a Texas auction to take advantage of his love Just Keep Livin ‘ Foundation and IMS.
To win the prize for two tickets for the Mack, Jack & McConaughey gala in Austin, McConaughey egged his wife Camilla Aviles to volunteer her time to the winners.
Questions be enthusiastic in front of a laughing crowd, “Camilla, something else I can throw in there for fun? We can have the hairstyle and the make-up thing with you? That is not an easy question, I know. We get about two minutes of privacy in the 72 hours the whole weekend and now you get one! $32k one more time. Going to two times. Sold! Thank you.”
More funds were raised through auctions for prices to see Lin-Manuel Miranda reprise his role of Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico.
Pitbull lived up to his Mr. Worldwide reputation as he closed the night, performing an array of his hits. He urged the dancing crowd, “Every day you’re here above the ground, you have the time of your life.”
This story originally appeared in Variety.