(and the first time Curtis Stone sabered a bottle of champagne)

AdoptTogether is the world's largest non-profit crowdfunding platform for adoption.

Founded by Hank Fortener, who's own unique family with his parents, their 3 biological children and (after years of fostering), 8 adopted children, inspired him to do all he could to help support other families hoping to adopt.

Baby Ball 2022, held at the CBS Radford Studios in Studio City, was a night to celebrate adoptive families and raise funds in order to help make adoption possible for loving homes, since the costs can often be prohibitive. (Scroll down to see the emotional moment when a couple got the news that their adoption would be fully funded!)

The live auction was MC'd by Chef Curtis Stone (who successfully sabered a magnum bottle of Armand de Brignac Champagne), with tray passed hors d'oeuvres by his catering company, ice cream by Madison & Brown, gift bag by Parker Clay filled with goodies, and donated beverages (Moet & Chandon, Nosotros Tequila, Madre Mezcal, Kastra Elion Vodka, cotes des roses, Bourbon of Proof and Rancho West beer) to keep the evening festive and encourage people to raise those auction batons!

For more information on AdoptTogether visit: adopttogether.org/