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Rocking Race

| July 10, 2014 | Parties

The Party
A slew of famous supporters from Jon Lovitz to Tommy Hilfiger raced to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza for Race to Erase MS, a grand-scale gala hosted by nonprofit founder and multiple sclerosis survivor Nancy Davis. The 21st benefit raised more than $1.75 million for the organization and its research program. “Hopelessness has now been replaced by hopefulness,” Davis decreed.

The Scene
Jordin Sparks greeted the spirited ballroom before media executive and MS advocate Dean Singleton received the esteemed Medal of Hope. Over dinner, last year’s recipient, Jack Osbourne, led a live auction with Howie Mandel, featuring luxe experiences like a stay at the Hilfigers’ estate on Mustique Island and a dinner at Soho House with the Osbournes. The munificent Osbourne clan also commissioned a bespoke Aston Martin Vanquish for $230,000, the auction’s biggest-ticket item.

The Highlights
Of her battle with MS, Davis professed, “The Steven Tyler song kept ringing in my head: ‘Dream On.’” Fittingly, following lively performances by CeeLo Green and Natalie Cole, Tyler drew everyone to their feet with powerful renditions of “Walk This Way,” “Crying” and “Jaded.” He closed with “Dream On” before reminding Davis’ family that they’re not alone, that “we’re going to fight this disease”—and that he’s doing more than simply dreaming. –Photos by Wireimage



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