There were folks with million-dollar checks last night at the University of Miami‘s BankUnited Center, but actress Goldie Hawn got a lot of the attention. (She’s Kate Hudson‘s mom, for you young ‘uns)
The star of Private Benjamin, HouseSitter and First Wives Club, last seen in these parts in December at a Miami Dolphins game, materialized at the kickoff gala of the U’s Momentum 2 fundraising campaign — a drive that’s expected to raise a whopping $1.6 billion!
Already, master fundraiser and UM President Donna Shalala has parted the usual donors from $900 million-plus, but the school needs much more for construction, research, scholarships, athletics and the recruitment of top professorial talent.
But it was Hawn who, at 66 and with no Kurt Russell in sight, got chatted up by every other dude over 30.
“I love it here,” Hawn said of UM. “It’s great to be surrounded by people who make a difference. Places like these are great agents of change.
“UM has been an extraordinary university since Donna Shalala took over.”
Although Hawn didn’t get much of a college education — she lasted one semester at DC’s American University before her dancing took her to Broadway — she now says she may have missed something by not staying put.
“I was on TV at 21,” she said. “Going to college may not have been my destiny.”
Starring about 300 students on hand to entertain or attend to the 900 guests, Thursday’s gala may very well have been one of the top 5 Miami fundraising fiestas this season.
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