So Maria Bello was that girl at the party and fell into the pool. Well, okay, to be fair it wasn’t because she had too much to drink or was trying to get the attention of an ex-boyfriend (think every ’90s teen movie ever) but rather to raise money for a good cause. The beautiful blonde, dressed in a bright red designer suit and Louboutins, sold away the rights to her dryness for $20,000 at Canadian director Paul Haggis’ Fifth Annual Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) Fundraiser Luncheon during TIFF 2013. His APJ Charity raises money for Haiti, and tickets for the meal were going at $1,250 a plate. Hosted at the home of the head of Roots, Michael Budman, the crowd included a mountain of Canadian business tycoons along with international stars including Haggis himself, Adrien Brody, Michael Bolton, Rufus Wainwright, Colin Firth, a very wet Maria Bello, and Hollywood’s cutest couple Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde. Besides Bello’s midday bath, other highlights included a serenading of the crowd by crooner Michael Bolton. Photos courtesy George Pimental Photography…
Adrien Brody and Paul Haggis.
Adrien Brody does the red carpet.
Suave Adrien Brody poses for the cameras.
Adrien Brody, cool and collected as always.
Oscar winner Colin Firth with Oscar winner Paul Haggis.
Colin Firth on the red carpet.
Daniel Lanois performs.
Daniel Lanois entertains the guests.
Fifth Annual Artists for Peace and Justice Fundraiser event scene.
The Fifth Annual Artists for Peace and Justice Fundraiser event space before the party started.
Jian Ghomeshi and Paul Haggis.
Actress Maria Bello challenges the guests to bid on pushing her in the pool.
True to her word, Maria took the plunge after someone bid $20,000.
Maria Bello happily enjoys a post-push swim.
Maria Bello gets ready to make a splash.
Lady in red Maria Bello arrived at the Fifth Annual Artists for Peace and Justice Fundraiser totally dry.
Maria Bello at the Fifth Annual Artists for Peace and Justice Fundraiser.
Michael Bolton at the Fifth Annual Artists for Peace and Justice Fundraiser.
Host Michael Budman and Diane Bald.
Hollywood posse at the Fifth Annual Artists for Peace and Justice Fundraiser.
Michael Bolton and his bros.
Olivia Wilde and funnyman fiance Jason Sudeikis.
Paul Haggis and Adrien Brody.
Paul Haggis and Daniel Lanois.
Paul Haggis and Maria Bello.
Paul Haggis, Moran Atias, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis.
The auction gets underway.
Piers Handling and Paul Haggis.
Rufus Wainwright and husband Jorn Weisbrodt.
Rufus Wainwright and Paul Haggis.
Rufus Wainwright performs.
Stacy McKenzie and Lyriq Bent.