On Friday, April 29 Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger of the Nancy Davis Foundation for MS greeted guests at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza for the 18th Annual Race to Erase MS.
The Rock and Royalty themed event kicked off with an electrifying fashion show featuring a sneak preview of Andrew Charles, the new fashion line by Andy Hilfiger. In addition to this, celebrities Shaun Robinson and Mark Curry held a live auction. Paris Hilton contributed by auctioning a shopping spree and lunch with her sister Nicky Hilton on Robertson Blvd. However, a private yacht trip and an African Safari were the biggest auctions of the night.
Celebrity guests included MS survivor and spokesperson Nancy Davis, Byron Allen, Jake T. Austin, Drake Bell, BG5, Cindy Crawford and many more. Honored guests included MS survivor Katie Mattingly and William O. “Bill” Perkins. Once the celebrities made their way unto the red carpet, they stopped by the Windows Phone Booth to take photos and document videos to tweet; and for every celebrity video tweeted, Windows Phone donated $500 to the foundation!
As inspiration to the event’s royal theme, A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz displayed a exclusively designed wedding gown inspired by the gown worn by Kate Middleton at the Royal Wedding. Bidding for this dress is still open through Monday, May 16, at www.charitybuzz.com.
The Race to Erase MS event hosted a variety of musical performances such as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The evening was closed out by country music star and MS survivor Clay Walker who performed songs including “Lonely Long,” “What’s It To You,” and many more keeping the guests rocking in their seats. The night ended with a performance of “Lean On Me” featuring Clay Walker, David Osmond, Debbie Gibson, and BG5.
Overall, the event raised more than $2 million to contribute to the foundation, which is dedicated to the treatment and overall cure of this disease. The foundation is fighting MS through intense research and is also attempting to educate the general public about the many mysteries surrounding this disease.