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Jane Fonda gathers VIPs against the oil companies in California – Monomaxos

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Jane Fonda gathers VIPs against the oil companies in California

 – Monomaxos

When Jane Fonda throw a party, everyone comes.

Case in point: the Oscar-winning activist and star-studded, sold-out “Art for a Safe and Healthy California” preview event that the Oscar-winning actor and activist hosted in Beverly Hills on April 9. The goal of the event was to raise money — more than $10 million, officials said Wednesday morning — and awareness in support of the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Californiaa grassroots initiative working to prevent one that the Environmental Protection Act is not repealed in November.

“They told me Jane Fonda wanted to talk to me before we started the event. “Who says no when Jane Fonda wants to talk to you?” joked the main actor John Legend to the crowd. “I think everyone is here in this room because Jane Fonda asked you to be here.”

Other VIP attendees agreed Chelsea Handler, Maria Shriver, And Judd Apatow, who praised Fonda's organizational skills and recognized the importance of the cause.

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“She is a tireless force in every way. But especially with climate change in recent years and her Friday fire drills and everything she's brought attention to, that's very admirable,” Handler said. “I'm so grateful to have the time in my schedule to come and support it. [Climate change] is not going away, so we have to deal with it better.”

Shriver spoke about Fonda's decades of activism and the importance of raising awareness about the public health issues associated with environmental issues. “What inspires me is that she never gives in or gives up. And especially for women, I think she’s an inspirational figure,” she said of Fonda. “We have a chronic disease problem in this country. We have an unequal healthcare system and people live next to things that make them sick. That is not right. That shouldn't be the case. Addressing the environment as a health issue and connecting the dots for people makes it real and very relevant.”

Writer and director Apatow, who attended with his actress wife Leslie Mann, admitted he's “a fan of charity events” and praises the effort that goes into them. “I appreciate when people make the effort to do things like this because it’s a tremendous amount of work,” he said. “We didn’t have to ask all painters to donate paintings. We’ll just come over and take a look.”

A big fundraiser raffle at the famous Gagosian The gallery provided the opportunity to view and purchase some of the donated artwork on display. (The remainder will be auctioned at Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale during the big sale week in May, while a second set of works will be offered for sale this summer in an exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills.) The art for A Safe and Healthy California benefit features works by leading contemporary artists including Karon Davis, Charles Gaines, Frank Gehry, Alex Israel, Marilyn Minter, Catherine Opie, Christina Quarles, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Ed Ruscha, Kenny Scharf, Hank Willis Thomas, And Jonas Wood.

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