Race to Erase raises $1.5 million for MS research

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Hollywood’s support for Race to Erase MS continued into its 31st year at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on Friday, helping the Nancy Davis-led charity raise $1.5 million for multiple sclerosis research.

The evening’s headliner, Natasha Bedingfield, performed a medley of her songs and those of others, including her 2000s hit “Unscribed,” recently given new life in “Anyone but You,” and Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” which she sang with Davis and friends. Bedingfield was introduced by Casey Affleck.

“This is a cause worth standing up for,” Bedingfield said Variety. “There are a lot of fantastic ones [medical] developments to date. Music is the thing that brings hope and inspires people to stay creative. The solutions are always created – they are always a bit out-of-the-box.”

The Grammy-winning duo A Great Big World performed three songs, including “This Is the New Year.” Before playing, singer Chad King told the crowd that he was diagnosed with MS in 2007, but tried to “ignore” the symptoms from himself, friends and family.

King said he has experienced physical differences in recent years, including walking and, most recently, using his voice.

“This will be one of the first times me and Ian have been together [Axel] have been performing together for a long time,” said King, who walks with a cane. “It is an honor to be here with all of you and with Nancy to create such awareness.”

The Davis family, including 93-year-old matriarch Barbara Davis, has been a charitable organization in LA for decades. Barbara founded the Children’s Diabetes Foundation in 1977 and spearheaded the annual Carousel of Hope event, which for more than thirty years has attracted Sidney Poitier, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Shirley McClaine and Robert DeNiro.

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Nancy Davis was diagnosed with MS 33 years ago, when she was 33. Race to Erase MS has boosted its advocacy and fundraising efforts for multiple sclerosis. In a Race to Erase MS video presentation shown to the public on Friday, researchers from top academic medical programs, including Johns Hopkins and Yale Universities, presented sanitary developments for MS, an autoimmune disease that affects more than a million people. Americans met, gathered and shared it with everyone. other.

“This [event] wouldn’t happen if it weren’t for the fulfillment of many big dreams and the generosity of the Hollywood community,” Nancy shared Variety. “Everyone has been here to support us. I am so grateful for that.”

Since its inception, Race to Erase MS has featured high-profile music appearances including Stevie Wonder and Sir Elton John, as well as media-friendly perennial attendees such as Tommy Hilfiger, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

Seasoned comedian Caroline Rhea made the tricky job of keeping the dinner’s see-it-all audience engaged seem easy, helping a live auction raise more than $160,000 from the 750-person audience.

Two auction items included a rare breed Australian labradoodle puppy that fetched $18,000, and eight seats at Rick and Kathy Hilton’s annual Christmas pajama house party, which raised $41,000.

Other celebrity attendees included Jessica Lowndes, Ioan Gruffudd, Emma Slater, Bijou Phillips, Joely Fisher, David Arquette, Carmen Electra and Tia Carrere.

More information is available at erasems.com.

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