The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 honored David Heymen, a big-shot in the film industry, known for producing “Gravity” and all of the Harry Potter films. The organization includes Harvard’s only co-ed undergraduate social club, as well as the Krokodiloes (an all-male a capella group) and the Theatricals, a group comprised entirely of men in drag. These performers made for a funny sight when they danced around some of the more prominent guests, including hedge-fund manager Dan Loeb, a long-time friend of Heymen.
Other famous attendees included J. Crew boss Mickey Drexler, buyout executive J. Christopher Flowers, and Neil Patrick Harris, the 2014 Hasty Pudding man of the year. The presentation honoring Heymen included humorous videos starring famous actresses he had worked with in the past. Sandra Bullock appeared, sitting in a car with her son, claiming not to know who Heyman was, while Emma Watson complained that Heyman always calls her Emily.
In true “Hasty” fashion, the evening was a quick one, according to the vision of the evening’s host, Andrew Farkas (Bloomberg), the Graduate Chairman and Grand Sphinx of the Hasty Pudding Institute. By 8:30, Farkas, who runs his own real estate investment firm, Island Capital Group, was encouraging the guests to move to the after-party. Of course, he still managed to have time to acknowledge sponsors, eat some actual Hasty Pudding, and have a little fun at his own expense before moving the guests along.
In a rare serious moment of the evening, Farkas also highlighted the club’s philanthropic activities, which include making grants for arts education and encouraging satire, comedy and the cultivation of young talent.