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Back in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Charlize Theron and photographer Randall Slavin joined forces at the Annenberg Space for Photography for the opening of Slavin’s celebrity photo series “REACH: 24 portraits by Randall Slavin to benefit the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project.” Known as CTAOP for short, the actress’ foundation aims to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and sexual violence among African youth.

“Randall took a trip with me to South Africa and saw the project and wanted to do something,” Theron explained. “He came up with this great idea to shoot these portraits.”

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Friends who came out in support included Michelle Monaghan, Ivana Milicevic, Ellen Pompeo, Perrey Reeves, B.J. Novak, Jenna Elfman, David Spade, Sanaa Lathan, Gabrielle Union, Jamie Chung, Elizabeth Reaser, Michael C. Hall and Sarah Silverman, whose portrait was among those hanging in the space.

“It should be important to everyone,” said Silverman of the cause. “You’d have to be an a–hole to not want to prevent AIDS. It’s so preventable now.”

Ciara was a bit more diplomatic.

“We’ve been blessed with large platforms to touch millions of people,” the singer said. “Why not be part of a night like this? I had nothing to do and, no matter how big or small, it’s about being able to give.”

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