John Travolta and his family made their first public appearance since the death of their beloved Jett Travolta in their hometown of Ocala, Florida on Friday.
Travolta, wife Kelly Preston, and daughter Ella Bleu helped raise thousands of dollars for five charities — including The Jett Travolta Foundation — at a screening of their new movie Old Dogs on Friday. The actor and his entire family star in the upcoming animated comedy, but it seemed that The Travoltas benefited from the evening, as well.
The family was emotional as they thanked the crowd for supporting the family since 16-year-old Jett died Jan. 2.
“Kelly, Ella and I want to thank all of you for supporting us over the last year,” John said from the red carpet,” according to The Ocala Star-Banner. “It’s meant the world to us. We know that we have a community. We know that we have friends. And we know that we are loved. We appreciate it. Jett appreciates it. We love you, Ocala.”
“You guys are all so down to earth, loving and caring,” Kelly Preston told the crowd.
The private gala raised at least $37,500 for the nonprofits. The local premiere was his latest film that John has brought to his hometown for charity. The actor has held similar events for Wild Hogs and Bolt.
Old Dogs opens in theaters Nov. 25.