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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Race to Erase MS: A Huge Hit On Its Silver Anniversary

Ken Rickel, Isabella Davis, Nancy Davis and Mariella Davis. Celebrity Photo/Scott Downie

Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – 1:34 PM

Multiple Sclerosis advocate and Center Without Walls founder Nancy Davis, welcomed guests to the Beverly Hilton for its historic 25th anniversary . She shared a special video highlighting the accomplishments of the organization over the past quarter century, including raising more than $47 million for the Center Without Walls program.

Emcee Scott Rogowsky introduced the fall 2018 runway show from Hollywood-favorite fashion brand Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet. The looks were showcased by a variety of models including Victoria Justice, Serayah, Francesa Capaldi, and Ajiona Alexus.

Peter Facinelli introduced Grammy-nominated artist Elle King, who had the crowd on its feet with her hit song Ex’s & Oh’s and American Girl by Tom Petty. Actress Anne Heche then brought in Siedah Garrett, who sang her single Carry On which she wrote after meeting Nancy Davis and being inspired to do what she could to help the Davis’ cause. She followed that up with Man In The Mirror which she wrote for Michael Jackson.

Randy Jackson brought on the night’s headliner, music superstar Flo Rida, who brought down the house with a seven-song set that included Right Round, In The Ayer, My House and Wild Ones.

The brother-sister duo of Kelly and Jack Osbourne (the latter himself being an MS patient), announced the evening’s fast-paced auction conducted by Letitia Frye. The topper was a Ferrari Portofino, one of the first of its kind to reach L.A., which went for an incredible $250,000.

In what has become a Race to Erase MS tradition, the uplifting rendition of Lean On Me, was performed by Randy Jackson, who was joined on stage by Nancy Davis, Lance Bass, Siedah Garrett, La Toya Jackson, Kechi Okwuchi, A.R.T., Ajiona Alexus, and more. Greg Phillinganes was the evening’s musical director.

The event raised more than $1.6 million to benefit the Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program, a collaboration of top MS research centers working together as a team on ground-breaking research with the goal of treating and, ultimately, finding a cure for MS.

Among the many special guests… Byron Allen, Talitha Bateman, Stacey Bendet, Cheryl Burke and Matthew Lawrence, Terry Butler, Joan Collins, Christine Devine and Sean McNabb, Frances Fisher, Bryan Greenberg, Jessica Holmes, Avril Lavigne, AnnaLynne McCord, Maureen McCormick, Steven McQueen, Ruby Modine, Olivia Sanabia, Vanna White, Rumer Willis and Dave Winfield.

Race to Erase MS was founded in 1993 by Nancy Davis and is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis. All funds raised by the organization, through its iconic galas and year-round initiatives, support the “Center Without Walls” program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, USC, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins.

Davis also created the annual “Orange You Happy to Erase” campaign, which takes place for the entire month of May (MS Awareness Month) and adds yet another branch of fundraising for MS research.

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The Council of the Children’s Burn Foundation certainly knows how to have a great time while simultaneously raising much needed funds for the charity.  The Bel-Air Country Club was the gathering spot for the council’s annual spring luncheon which celebrated the “flamboyant, flowery world” of its featured speaker, the world-renowned floral and fragrance designer Eric Buterbaugh, whose amusing talk of his adventures in that business was a huge hit.

Co-chairs Sandra Rosenbaum and Carol Mancino are to be congratulated for coordinating a beautiful event with the room awash in stunning pink roses and the flowery attire of the 110 attendees.

Council President Barbara Pratt introduced a moving video tribute to the Children’s Burn Foundation created by Natalie Toppino, the talented daughter of Kathy Toppino, chair of CBF’s board of trustees.

Among the many guests… Lenore Kayne, Terri Hofstader, Ruth Gilliam, Shiela Rose, Susan Goss, Barbara Lewis, Suzanne Furst, Cookie Markowitz, Marlene Ridgley and Nancy Silberkleit.

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An upcoming event on Saturday, May 19 is the Uplift Family Services seventh annual Norma Jean Gala to be held under the stars at the Hollygrove campus against the background of the “Hollywood” sign.

This will benefit the charity’s behavioral and mental health programs serving more than 1,200 at-risk children.

Honorees will be writer/comedian Ike Barinholtz and his wife, Erica, as well as talent agent Chris Andrews of Creative Artists Agency.

Actors Edgar Ramirez and Colin Hanks will do the presentations while actress Busy Philipps emcees.

For tickets, call Kathleen Felesina at 323-796-7142 or email:

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The next day, Sunday, May 20, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre will be the “Grand Finals Concert” for young opera singers at 2 p.m. sharp.

This national vocal competition is sponsored by the Loren L. Zachary Society for the Performing Arts.

Admission is free, but tickets are required for the remaining seats at the Wilshire Ebell, 4401 W. 8th St. at Lucerne.

A self-addressed, stamped envelope should be sent immediately to The Loren L. Zachary Society/Grand Finals Concert, 2250 Gloaming Way, Beverly Hills CA 90210-1717.


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