Ellen Degeneres hosted one of the most popular Hollywood fundraisers in Hollywood history over the weekend, and her opening number alone at the annual City of Hope Bash was reason enough to make this A-list star attend. After all, it’s always good to see Ellen in full celeb mom-mode.
Ellen’s sister-in-law and three nieces surprised by making the rounds to check out the fun. Although not quite as high profile as Ellen’s mother, this group of very talented young women will be very well remembered.
In fact, Ellen’s supporting her nieces’ career this way. According to ET, the talk show host mentioned to the crowd that husband and Portia de Rossi’s brother was riding with them through the crowd to help her follow her instincts (Ellen, who’s following some good advice from you, thanks a lot, de Rossi!) and announced that she would donate the night’s proceeds to City of Hope, a Los Angeles-based cancer center and research facility.
City of Hope chose to dole out $50,000 to the very organization that helped Ellen’s nieces in this magical moment of razzle dazzle. Ellen then brought the gang backstage to a photo opp with her and some of the center’s amazing scholars, and, no, we’re not making this up. Most importantly, Ellen spent some time complimenting the young women with the props of a cast sesh, a hair and makeup squad, and hair clips.
There was just one problem. Ellen had to get back on the road and on set to be there for the filming of her daytime talk show.