After wrapping up her latest trip to visit hubby Channing Tatum on the Scotland set of his film 'Eagle of the Ninth', Jenna Dewan hurried home to take part in an event for an organization that's very close to Chan's sister's heart. Jenna attended (migraine and all) the Inner City Arts Imagine Gala to support her really good friend and new sister-in-law Paige.
Inner-City Arts (ICA), a vibrant arts instruction campus for at-risk children in the heart of Skid Row, celebrated its 20th year with the 2009 Imagine Gala & Auction by honoring "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator, writer and executive producer Philip Rosenthal, his wife, actress Monica Horan Rosenthal, and their children, Ben and Lily.
The organization is a learning oasis in the heart of Los Angeles' Skid Row where professional artists teach students in a studio environment.
ICA has served 150,000 of the city's most at-risk children and works in partnership with the Los Angeles United School District to bring elementary and middle school students to the campus during the day for instruction in visual and performing arts. High school students participate in after-school and Saturday programs.
National research proves students who attend ICA classes show dramatic increases in statewide standardized test scores.
They learn collaboration, creative and conceptual thinking skills and create a whole new vision of self, hope, accomplishment and belonging.
Paul Reiser emceed the event that was chaired by Anna and Ray Romano and included entertainment by the band Los Lobos. The gala also featured the culinary skills of celebrated chefs during the cocktail reception and dinner including: Wolfgang Puck, Alice Waters, Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, Sherry Yard, Suzanne Goin, Michael Cimarusti, Gloria Felix, Suzanne Tracht, Matt Molina, Zoe Nathan and Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook.
For the live auction, Jen told me that Chan donated a day of paintball with him, and she donated a dance class taught by her. I'm sure that whoever won either will have an incredible experience. So jealous!!!
On a side note...Jenna tweeted last night that she's going to have another Q & A on Twitter, so make sure to get in your questions. You can CLICK HERE to see what was asked and answered on the last Q & A Jen did for her fans.
Finally, the wait is almost over! I believe that episode 7 (aka "Windsor") of "Melrose Place" will premiere NEXT TUESDAY, October 20 @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW. This is supposed to be the beginning of Jenna's two episode arc on the show, so don't miss it!!!
If you want to see Jen on TV sooner, fans can watch her movie 'Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal' on the Lifetime Movies Network SATURDAY, October 17 @ 7PM ET/PT.