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The 13th Annual Race To Erase MS Themed “Disco Fever To Erase MS”

Posted May 12, 2006

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY KOOL & THE GANG, SISTER SLEDGE AND NATALIE COLE

Tony Danza, Tom Arnold & Bill Maher to Emcee the Live Auction

(Los Angeles, CA – March 2006) – Co-Chairs Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger welcome celebrity friends and guests to the 13th Annual Race to Erase MS event, themed “Disco Fever to Erase MS” on Friday, May 12th, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The event will feature live performances by disco legends Kool & The Gang, Sister Sledge and Grammy Award winning artist Natalie Cole, in addition to other surprise guests. The evening will benefit The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis and is sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, American Airlines, Serono and Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Tom Arnold, Tony Danza, and Bill Maher return as this year’s celebrity auctioneers at the night’s exciting live auction. The high-energy auction will feature an extraordinary list of unique luxury and entertainment items including a dance lesson with “Dancing with the Stars” champion Drew Lachey and his partner Cheryl Burke, a Yorkie puppy to take home and the chance to attend and cover an event with Tom Arnold for his hit show “Best Damn Sports Show Period” among other items to be announced.

The event will be highlighted by an exclusive celebrity fashion show featuring one-of-a-kind disco inspired designs by Tommy Hilfiger. Celebrities expected to attend include Marcia Cross, Sela Ward, Randy Jackson, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Kristin Cavalleri, Daisy Fuentes, Brian Austin Green, Leeza Gibbons, Eva LaRue with many others to be announced. The event is produced by Suzanne de Passe, with David Foster as the musical director. Last year’s event raised $2.7 million for The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, which was founded by Davis in 1993.

This year Nancy Davis will also further her mission to eradicate MS, spread awareness and help others battling their diagnosis with the release of her first book LEAN ON ME: 10 Powerful Steps to Moving Beyond Your Diagnosis and Taking Back Your Life (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, Inc; April 2006). The book is a powerful tool to help guide anyone who has been given a life threatening diagnosis to making good choices, finding the right healthcare and taking back their life. It is not just the story of Nancy’s personal diagnosis, but a “how to” guide where she imparts her hard earned wisdom to others to help them face their disease and move on with their life. All guests of the Race to Erase MS will receive a copy of the book.

The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure for MS. Funding research is the core focus of the Foundation and significant strides have been made to find the cause and cure of this devastating disease. All funds raised through The Race to Erase MS event support “The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls” program, a selected network of the nation’s top seven MS research centers representing UC San Francisco, Brigham & Women’s Harvard Hospital, Yale, The Cleveland Clinic, Oregon Health Science University, Johns Hopkins and University of Southern California. This nationwide collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinicians are on the cutting-edge of innovative research programs and therapeutic approaches to eradicate MS. It is the hope of the Foundation that in addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, an increased awareness will be created by educating the public about this mystifying disease.

Tickets to the 13th annual Race to Erase MS start at $1,000. To purchase tickets for the event, please call (310) 440–4842. For additional information or to request media credentials to cover this event, please call Andy Gelb or Kelly Stephens of PMK/HBH at (310) 289–6200.

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