17th Annual Race to Erase MS – A Star-Studded Benefit
The stars came out to shine for the 17th annual Race to Erase MS, hosted by Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger. The charity event benefits the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis and was held at the Hyatt in Century City.
Celebrities and supporters, including Linda Gray, Loni Anderson, Buzz Aldrin, Nicky and Paris Hilton, and Anne Heche attended the cocktail reception after walking the orange carpet.
During the reception, I spoke with Loni Anderson who attended the event with her daughter Deidra Hoffman. Hoffman was diagnosed with MS last year. “As soon as I found out my daughter had MS, Nancy Davis was the first person I called for help and guidance,” said Anderson. This was the first time that the two attended the event. Anderson added, “My job now is to be a mother.” I wished them both a Happy Mother’s Day.
Former Dallas star Linda Gray looked absolutely stunning. She attended the event with Dan Gordon, writer and director of her upcoming film, Expecting Mary, which is due to be released in September. Gray shared her enthusiasm of her female cast including Lainie Kazan, Cloris Leachman, Della Reese, and Cybill Shepherd, all who are over the age of 50 she pointed out.
Buzz and Lois Aldren attended the event before flying off to Washington, where Buzz is scheduled to a guest on Top Chef.
Once inside, we were treated to the annual fashion show from Tommy Hilfiger. Performers included 70s rock band Heart, Dr. Hollywood, and Avril Lavigne.
Dancing with the Stars Brooke Burke helped with the live auction for “Puppy Love” which raised $9000 for the 12-week old Maltese, who warmed everyone’s hearts. Other auction items included four tickets to the season finale of American Idol and a 2010 Lamborghini, which was sold for $210,000.
Congratulations to Nancy Davis for another sensational evening to support Multiple Sclerosis.