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Recap: 19th Annual Race To Erase MS Fundrasier To Benefit The Nancy Davis Foundation

Barbara Davis , Nancy Davis , Ken Rickel , Isabella Rickel , Mariella Rickel

Barbara Davis ,Ken Rickel, Nancy Davis with Isabella Rickel and Mariella Rickel (Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America)

Friday, May 18th marked the 19th annual Race to Erase MS fundraiser. The event was held at the fabulous Hyatt Regency Century City, and all proceeds from the evening’s Glam Rock-themed event benefited the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, along with its Center Without Walls (CWW) program. Together, the foundation and the program raise money to help fund the most advanced MS research, while providing treatment for patients. CWW has raised nearly $24,000,000 since its beginning in 1999.

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom at 19th Annual Race to Erase MS

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom at 19th Annual Race to Erase MS (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America)

Host Nancy Davis and co-chair Tommy Hilfiger welcomed guests to the super-glam gala, where they participated in a silent auction. Attendees were treated to star-studded entertainment while they dined, by performers Stevie Wonder, The Tenors, David Cook, and Fitz and The Tantrums—how’s that for dinner music?

Teri Garr and Deb and Bill MacMillan were among the night’s honorees, and were presented with the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis “Medal of Hope” Award. Access Hollywood anchor Shaun Robinson hosted a live auction, which featured exotic vacation package getaways.

Josie Loren at Race to Erase MS

Josie Loren at Race to Erase MS (Photo Credit: tvshowspolilers.blogspot.com)

Also on hand to help show support were Khloe and Lamar Odom. The former Ms. K’s younger siblings, Kylie and Kendall Jenner were also in attendance. Jack and Kelly Osbourne, Cybill Shepherd, Penny Marshall, Marg Helgenberger, Martina Navratilova, Carmen Electra, Shannon Elizabeth, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and many others made appearances as well. The evening also included a celebrity fashion show, which showcased hot new designs from Andy Hilfiger’s Andrew Charles Rock ‘N’ Roll Collection, along with a debut presentation of Authentic Icon, Hilfiger’s American Idol-inspired collection.

latoya jackson and stevie wonder

LaToya Jackson and Stevie Wonder. (Photo Credit: blackvisions.org)

The evening’s event was sponsored by American Airlines, Associated Television International, EMD Serono, and Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Also helping sponsoring the event was Voli Spirits. The premier fruit and fusion flavored vodka company that’s known for being up to 40% lower in calories than other cocktails, is one of leading brands on the market today. Tantalizing flavors such Espresso Vanilla, Orange Vanilla, Raspberry Cocoa and Lemon have helped to make the French-distilled spirit more popular than ever.

Exotic vacation giveaways, a silent auction, celebrity fashion show, and star-studded entertainment made the night a huge success without a doubt. And the most exciting part of it all? Even more money was raised to fund the Nancy Davis Foundation’s MS research, bringing them even closer to a cure.

For donations and information on how you can get involved in finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, go to www.erasems.org.


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