Philip Seymour Hoffman - Stars Stage Broadway Benefit For Badger Sisters
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Whoopi Goldberg were among the stars who attended a Broadway gala honouring three girls who were killed in a fire last Christmas (25Dec11).
Lily Badger, nine, and her seven-year-old twin siblings Grace and Sarah died after a blaze broke out at their Connecticut home on Christmas Day (11).
A host of stars and family friends gathered at the New Victory Theatre on Thursday (22Jun12) night to remember the sisters and to raise money for the Lily Sarah Grace Fund, a charity set up to benefit education programmes.
Goldberg served as host of the event, while Hoffman, Julianne Moore and Eric Bogosian took to the stage to read aloud memories shared by the girls' dad Matthew Badger.
Hoffman told the audience, "Her father loved how fearless Gracie was. She picked up spiders, crabs and climbed impossible rocks."
Moore also told how Lily once showed her daring side by jumping into a lake on vacation and Bogosian spoke of Sarah's lovable personality, reports the New York Post.
Emotional Matthew later took to the podium to thank the crowd, insisting, "What a wonderful night."
The girls' mum Madonna Badger, the advertising boss credited with creating Mark Wahlberg's iconic Calvin Klein ad, also lost her elderly parents in the inferno.