Take a look inside the gala Marc Benioff hosted for USC, where the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed, James Corden emceed, and billionaires dined with Ashton Kutcher

Marc and Lynne Benioff know how to throw a party.

The billionaire couple hosted the fourth annual Rebels With a Cause Gala on Thursday in a Santa Monica office park. The event benefited research at USC's Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine. Ellison — a close friend and former mentor of Benioff's — was there alongside Ashton Kutcher and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Keep reading to take a look inside the event, which is held every third year and always benefits cancer research.

The Gala was held in the Los Angeles area in Santa Monica, California …

Santa Monica, California.
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… in the courtyard of an office park called The Water Garden.

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A gated entrance flanked by security guards kept onlookers from wandering inside.

Rebels With A Cause Gala.
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The glass tables were decorated with silver accessories and white flowers; the event was designed by AOO Events.

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Women also walked the event wearing lampshades.

"Lamp Ladies" at the 4th Rebels With A Cause Gala.
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Marc and Lynne Benioff hosted.

Lynne Benioff and Marc Benioff.
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Guests included Ashton Kutcher and USC research Dr. David Agus' children …

Ashton Kutcher (center) poses with the children of USC researcher Dr. David Agus, Miles and Sydney Agus.
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… original Fab 5 member Jai Rodriguez …

Jai Rodriguez.
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… Japanese musician Yoshiki Hayashi …

Yoshiki Hayashi
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… Barry Manilow and Lorna Luft …

Barry Manilow and Lorna Luft
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… and Canadian musician David Foster and his daughter, 90210 star Sara Foster.

Sara Foster and David Foster.
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… as did the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform.
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James Corden was the gala's emcee.

James Corden
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The 350 guests were served dinner …

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… and signature cocktails called "Love" and "Hope," inspired by the cancer research the event was planned to fund.

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Tickets, which were not sold to the public, ranged in price from $1,000 a piece to $100,000 for a table.

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At this year's gala, Ellison was honored for the $200 million donation he made to USC at the last Rebels With A Cause Gala in 2016. He received a standing ovation.

Dr. David Agus presents Rebels With A Cause Award to Larry Ellison.
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“[He’s] one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met," Agus said of Ellison while presenting the award. "Every day I thank him for his love for discourse to push for knowledge and truth. I thank him for allowing me to learn from him. Cancer continues to affect us all and we’re obligated to think outside of the box. With Ellison’s support and the $12.1 million raised this evening, we’re able to continue developing innovative programs at the Ellison Institute that our patients need today.”

Dr. David Agus presenting.
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The award itself was designed by Chopard.

The Rebels With A Cause award.
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Benioff and Ellison have a 30-year bromance that began when Ellison took Benioff under his wing and turned Benioff into a star executive at Oracle.

Yoshiki Hayashi, Marc Benioff and Larry Ellison.
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Source: Business Insider

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