Golden Globe group disburses $750,000 to charity

August 1, 2008 6:46:26 PM PDT
Despite the lack of a glitzy televised ceremony earlier this year because of the writers strike, the organization that sponsors the Golden Globes dipped into its savings to present $759,865 in grants to film schools and nonprofit organizations at a luncheon honoring the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's new officers. "We have to go forward, and one of the things that we are proudest of is the letters that we get from these students," re-elected President Jorge Camara told AP Television News. "We really can help to fulfill their dreams, and it's so wonderful that we didn't want to say, `We cannot do it this year.' So we are doing the best we can."

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented grants to the Independent Feature Project, Inner-City Arts, California State Summer School Arts Foundation, National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Film Independent Inc., Sundance Institute and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Celebrities attending the event Wednesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel included Aaron Eckhart ("The Dark Knight"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Chris "Ludacris" Bridges ("Crash"), Rosario Dawson ("Rent"), Dana Delany ("Desperate Housewives"), Rosie Perez ("White Men Can't Jump"), Elizabeth Pena ("La Bamba") and Dakota Fanning ("Charlotte's Web").