Brad Pitt in front of homes he built for New Orleans - NBC video snapshot“Each time I come back to New Orleans and drive over that bridge, I get this swell of joy,” Pitt told Reuters, his eyes going watery.

Pitt shared his feelings about the city and its recovery with a few thousand people on Saturday evening, as he and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, a New Orleans native, hosted the Make It Right Foundation’s biggest fundraiser.

Billed as “A Night to Make It Right,” the star-studded, sold-out gala drew 1,200 guests who paid between $1,000 and $2,500 to attend a dinner prepared by New Orleans celebrity chefs John Besh and Emeril Lagasse, and a concert featuring musical stars Rihanna, Sheryl Crow, Seal and Dr. John.

Hollywood luminaries Sean Penn, Spike Lee, Josh Brolin and Kevin Spacey co-hosted.

(READ the Reuters story in The Province)

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