Home Celebrity From 2009: Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Stars Will Be Boycotted Saturday Night

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s “The Evening Before” party is getting an organized protest on Saturday night.

Members of SAG and all other Hollywood unions are being called on to picket the party, which raises money for the Motion Picture Fund. They’re calling the protest “Evening Before the Evictions?”

The Fund has announced that it’s closing its long-term care facility at the Motion Picture Home outside Los Angeles by the end of the year. Over 70 residents– who were guaranteed to live out their lives at the hospital–would have to be relocated.

The protest–organized by Saving the Lives of Our Own –is set for 7-10 p.m. on Century Park East in Century City, across from Century Park, where the party will be held. According to a press release, the group will try to explain to guests of the “extravagant” event why they’re upset about the closing and relocation, and ask them why proceeds from the party–and its Oscar sibling, The Night Before–don’t go to saving the nursing home.

Among the co-hosts of the Evening Before are Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Sally Field. People magazine, Sprint, and Target are sponsoring the event, where big stars typically receive huge gift bags, iPods, phones, sneakers, and other loot.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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