By Robyn Collins
It was a night full of celebrities, donations, and granting wishes at the fourth annual Make-A-Wish Wishing Well Winter Gala at the Palladium in L.A. on Wednesday (Dec. 7). Honorees and performers included Tori Kelly, artist manager Scooter Braun, X Ambassadors, Bush, Robert Downey Jr and more, reports Billboard.
The event, emceed by Extra host Mario Lopez, honored and awarded those who continue to make a difference within the charitable foundation and for children whose wishes were to meet celebrities, like Downey Jr.
The evening also provided the opportunity to raise funds for the foundation. On average, granting a “wish” costs around $10,000. The event raised $1 million from donations and a silent auction, which included Louis Vuitton sneakers worn by Justin Bieber.
Tori Kelly recently granted a wish to a four-year-old named Brylee Holmes, who passed away following a battle with Batten’s Disease. In Brylee’s honor, Kelly performed her song “Something Beautiful,” before presenting the humanitarian award to Scooter Braun.
Indie rockers X Ambassadors were happy to take part in the evening. “[Make-A-Wish] is one of those foundations we’ve known about for a while,” said keyboardist Casey Harris. “It’s really amazing that we are finally able to participate and give something to these kids and bring some joy into their lives.”
The final award of the night went to Robert Downey Jr., who spoke of playing his iconic character Tony Stark. “This is a great night. It’s one of those benefits of being in Marvel films,” Downey Jr. revealed. “Kids sometimes have this honest to God belief that I’m Tony Stark, so I play it up.”
Once all the awards and auctions were completed, British-rock band Bush took the stage for a semi-acoustic set that included their hits “Glycerine” and “Comedown.”