Aerosmith frontman, Steven Tyler celebrated his second annual GRAMMY Awards® Viewing Party to benefit Janie’s Fund with over 500 friends and supporters including Sharon Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Alice Cooper, and more at Raleigh Studios Hollywood. Hosted by Jane Lynch, the exclusive gala featured a live viewing of the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, three-course dinner by Crumble Catering, and an epic night of music with America's all-time top-selling rock 'n' roll band, Aerosmith.
The second annual event raised over $2.8 million dollars for Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative created by Steven Tyler in partnership with Youth Villages, one of America’s leading nonprofits, to bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Tyler first gave voice to this cause with his hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and his establishment of the fund ensures that these vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice for years to come. Since the November 2015 launch of Janie’s Fund, the organization has raised nearly $8 million, directly helping more than 800 girls and providing more than 115,000 days of therapeutic care.
Additional celebrities, VIP guests and Janie’s Fund supporters in attendance included Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, Audrina Patridge, Caitlyn Jenner, David Foster, Dinah Jane, Duff McKagan and Susan Holmes McKagan, Emile Hirsch, Haley Reinhart, Jesse Metcalfe, Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich, Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh, Kim Petras, Lauren Jauregui, Nicole Scherzinger, Nuno Bettencourt, Rumer Willis, Russell Dickerson, Shep Gordon, Teddi Mellencamp, Terry Crews, Ty Dolla $ign, The Sisterhood, X Ambassadors and more!
Following the star-studded red carpet arrivals, Tyler hosted guests at an intimate cocktail reception – in signature Steven Tyler style – the Raleigh Studio sound stage was transformed into a rock ‘n roll living room complete with medieval wrought iron chandeliers with edison drop lights, plush lounges, and bookshelves filled with personal photos. Surrounding the room were never before released vintage photos of Tyler on whitewashed wooden planks.
During the gala, guests were entertained by Master Mentalist Lior Suchard, The London Essentials and Sesa Wo Suban, a West African drumming group featuring the girls supported by Janie’s Fund. The night also featured moving speeches by Edie Allen and Janie’s Fund ambassador Adriana Turmel who shared their personal stories of abuse and benefits of Youth Villages’ programs.
Immediately following the telecast, the event featured an exciting live auction, conducted by Andrew Boose, with exclusive items including a custom 2018 Honda Fury specially signed by Steven Tyler, Steven Tyler’s personal Can-Am Spyder ST-S, a personal portrait of Tyler by renowned-artist Brian Fox, a guitar used by Joe Perry during a performance later in the evening, A silver based gelatin print of Christopher Makos’ "Mick Jagger in Montauk, 1977," prints of Milton Greene’s "Marilyn Monroe – Mandolin Sitting, 1953," as well as artworks by Mr. Brainwash, RETNA, Jonas Lund, Ayan Farah Valonia, and Vittorio Brodmann, and tickets to Aerosmith's “Deuces Are Wild” Las Vegas residency at Park MGM.
The evening was capped off with Aerosmith revving up the crowd with their classic hits “Janie’s Got a Gun,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Cryin’,” “Dream On” and more. The band closed their set with “Walk This Way” and was joined by Sharon Stone who accepted Tyler’s dare to go up on stage to dance and play the harmonica.
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