Hillary Clinton feted at Hollywood gala

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepts the Global Champion Award onstage at the International Medical Corps Annual Awards Celebration at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 8, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for International Medical Corps)

Hillary Clinton was feted by Hollywood royalty on Friday night, attending a event for the International Medical Corps at a Beverly Hills hotel during which she was honored for her work with women and girls around the world.

The former secretary of state, whose husband, former President Clinton, was a favorite of Hollywood's Democratic donor class during his tenure in the White House, has given no concrete indication about whether she'll stage another bid for the presidency in 2016. But if the platinum roster of Hollywood names at Friday's event is any indication, she won't lack for money if she opts to run.

The gala on Friday was co-hosted by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and their wives, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Clinton was joined by her husband at a private reception before the gala, but the former president left before the event began to attend a charity poker tournament, an event spokeswoman told the Times.

At the event, Clinton received the group's Global Champion Award for her decades of work helping women and girls, especially in impoverished areas.

During her brief remarks upon accepting the award, Clinton offered no glimpse into her plans for the future, concentrating instead on the charitable work done by the International Medical Corps, an organization with which the former diplomat and first lady has worked for years.

"They really have helped people move from relief to self-reliance," Clinton said. "They ask themselves, what can we do to train people not just for the disaster right now, but for whatever comes, and then have them continue to care for the sick and injured in their own communities."

She recalled the group's work to relieve the suffering of people in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that she visited as secretary of state. At that camp, Clinton said, she witnessed "not only some of the darkest chapters that one can imagine in humanity but also some of the most inspiring and admirable."

Since she relinquished her post atop the State Department in February, Clinton has been delivering speeches and writing a book as she mulls her next step. She has acknowledged that she's considering a presidential run in 2016, and she would be the front-runner for the Democratic nomination if she throws her hat in the ring. But she's also said she's in no hurry to make a decision.

  • Jake Miller

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