Diane Kruger, Tom Arnold and More Talk Second Chances at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
June 10, 2014
The 13th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on Saturday, June 7, in Los Angeles had quite the celebrity turnout, with Diane Kruger, Tom Arnold, Rebecca Gayheart, Eric Dane and Max Greenfield amongst other stars showing their support for the popular nonprofit organization.
Chrysalis, whose motto is Changing Lives Through Jobs, is dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.
Gayheart, who founded the event 13 years ago and attended the Ball with husband Eric Dane and daughter Billie, 4, explained why the charity's been so successful all these years.
"It provides a strong solution that many people offer band-aids too, which is completely necessary, but in the long-term you need a solution," she said. "When one of our clients gets a job, they keep it, because they feel so good about earning it and getting it themselves. Our philosophy is a hand up, not a handout, and it really works."
And it turns out celebs themselves are also certainly in need of second chances when it comes to their own personal lives.
Tom Arnold in particular said that the charity's message speaks to him given his past addiction struggles.
"You know, as a recovering alcoholic and addict, I’ve been given second chances," he shared. "Everybody deserves that -- not everyone get it. ... When people get that second chance, they appreciate it, and really turn their lives around, and really go for it. Those turn out the be the best people – they're certainly the most interesting people."
According to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, he wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for getting multiple chances in life.
"I got a 50th chance, you know? That's living -- that's life," he said. "We all need more than two chances. I mean, I wouldn't be alive if I didn’t have a lot more chances now."
Check out the video to hear why Chrysalis is so inspiring to New Girl star Max Greenfield and Diane Kruger.