The star shows up at a charity event and picks up a $250,000 check for the Film Foundation

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated July 22, 2005 08:15 AM

Angelina Jolie and daughter Zahara weren’t the only ones stepping out this week.

Their Malibu host, Brad Pitt, picked up a $250,000 check to benefit the Film Foundation Inc. at Wednesday’s Hollywood Foreign Press Association luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Others in attendance included Kevin Bacon, Jesse Bradford, Peter Falk, America Ferrera, Sally Field, Emmy Rossum and Ziyi Zhang. At the event, the HFPA (which also presents the Golden Globes) announced more than $1 million in financial grants to film schools and nonprofit organizations.

The occasion marked Brad’s first public appearance since he was diagnosed with a mild case of viral meningitis after checking himself into L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on July 11, complaining of flu-like symptoms. He went home two days later.

Pitt, still sporting his blond locks and wearing a white jacket and shirt on Wednesday, pretended to pocket the check after the presentation, the Associated Press reports.

The actor, 41, was in Ethiopia recently with Jolie to pick up the actress’s newly adopted Zahara.