Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Nancy Davis’ ‘Race To Erase’ Gala Brings In Close to $2 Million To Fight MS
Posted Friday, June 21, 2019 - 3:25 pm
What a fabulous evening when Multiple Sclerosis (MS) advocate and Center Without Walls founder Nancy Davis welcomed her usual SRO crowd to The Beverly Hilton for the 26th annual “Race to Erase MS Gala,” which brought in more than $1.8 million for research to fight the dreaded disease. She spoke of the incredible accomplishments of the organization during its 2-1/2 decade history which has raised some $48 million for the cause.
The event honored actress Selma Blair for her bravery and strength demonstrated during her personal battle with MS, as well as the Hausman Family Foundation, for its generous and continuous support of the Race to Erase MS.
The evening began with a special runway show from a Hollywood favorite fashion brand, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet. The beautiful looks were showcased by a variety of models and actors, including Delilah Belle Hamlin, Luca Bella Facinelli, Lilac Emery-Haynes and Mason Grammer… definitely a crowd pleaser.
Soul singer Aloe Blacc started off the entertainment after being introduced by David Foster and Jack Osbourne, who himself was diagnosed with MS in 2012. Blacc sang The Man, and Candyman, and closed his set with a beautiful rendition of Avicii’s Wake Me Up. Foster then brought on the night’s music superstar Flo Rida, who brought down the house with a 12-song set that included hits Right Round, My House and Wild Ones.
In what has become a Race to Erase MS Gala tradition, an uplifting rendition of Lean On Me was performed as the finale of the evening, led by Foster with help from Angelina Jordan, Adan and Fernando Allende, and so many more of the night’s special guests.
Race to Erase MS, founded in 1993, 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 USC, Harvard, Yale, UCLA, Cedars Sinai, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco, and Johns Hopkins.
Davis also created the annual “Orange You Happy to Erase MS” campaign, which took place last month and adds yet another branch of fundraising for MS research. Throughout May, a variety of orange products, many of which are specially created for this initiative, were sold to benefit the cause and elevate public awareness about MS.
Besides the presenters–Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dorothy Lucey, and Robin Roberts–special guests at this year’s gala were Kris Jenner, Tommy Hilfiger, LaToya Jackson, Avril Lavigne, Steven McQueen, Harry Hamlin, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Rumer Willis, Vanna White, Constance Zimmer, Frances Fisher, Byron Allen, Mari Mediavilla, Loni Anderson, Garcelle Beauvais, Michael Campion, Francesca Capaldi, Tia Carrere, Maksim Chmerkovsky, Tommy Chong, Ava Dash, Christine Devine, Lilac Emery-Haynes, Nicole Williams and Larry English, Peter Facinelli, David Faustino, Jessica Marie Garcia, Camille Grammer, Lizzy Greene, Melora Hardin, Bella Harris, Jessica Hart, Tessa Hilton, Jimmy Jam, Keltie Knight, James Lastovic, Javicia Leslie, Chloe Lukasiak, Julio Macias, Sunny Malouf, Sophie Mazzaro, Rachel McCord, Esther McGregor, Charlotte McKinney, Marta Pozzan, Katee Sackoff, Olivia Sanabia, Barry Sloane, Karina Smirnoff, Elizabeth Stanton, Larsen Thompson, Lea Thompson, Garrett Wareing, Diana Warren, Nala Wayans, Dave Winfield, Nicole Guarna and more. A fun-filled wonderful evening for a great cause.