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THE 16TH ANNUAL RACE TO ERASE MS THEMED “ROCK TO ERASE MS” RAISES $2 MILLION

Posted July 13, 2009

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THE 16TH ANNUAL RACE TO ERASE MS THEMED “ROCK TO ERASE MS” RAISES $2 MILLION

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY LEGENDARY RECORDING ARTISTS
THE EAGLES & MICHELLE BRANCH

Mario Lopez Emceed the Evening, Nancy O’Dell Live Auctioneer

WHO: Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger along with Dustin Hoffman, Jeremy Piven, Blair Underwood, Anne Heche & James Tupper, Kim Kardashian & Reggie Bush, Penny Marshall, Jewel, Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, Angie Harmon & Jason Sehorn, Jon Lovitz, Sela Ward, Bill Maher, Nia Vardalos, Amanda Bynes, Drew Lachey, Daisy Fuentes, Shemar Moore, Kristin Cavallari, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Kelly Lynch & Mitch Glazer, Melissa George, Mario Lopez, Nancy O’Dell, Giuliana & Bill Rancic, Taylor Dayne, Teri Garr, Jessica Lowndes, David Osmond, Don Henley, Rickey Minor, Joe Walsh, Byron Allen, Rick & Kathy Hilton, Wolfgang Puck, David Faustino, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Evans, Barbara Davis, Alexander Davis, Brandon Davis, Jason Davis, Nick Chavez, Courtney Semel, Alexandra Leighton, Alexis Georgoulis, Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit, Vanessa Thanos, Caitlin Crosby, Steven Cojocaru, Casey Johnson, Robert Knepper, Elke Sommer, Lady Victoria Hervey, Cheyenne Tozzi, Thomas Gottschalk, Dr. Lisa Masterson, Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Jim Sears, the “Deal or No Deal” girls, and the “Dancing with the Stars” cast: Louis Van Amstel, Jonathan Roberts, Anya Trebunskaya, Elena Grinenko, Dimitri Chaplin, Alioni Vilani.

WHAT: Co-Chairs Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger welcomed celebrity guests to the 16th Anniversary of Race to Erase MS, themed “Rock to Erase MS.” The event raised $2 million to benefit the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis.

Mario Lopez emceed the event which included a live auction with Nancy O’Dell. Angie Harmon purchased a two week trip to Tommy Hilfiger’s home in Mustique Island for $45,000 and the 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo 560–4 Spyder went for $270,000. The night featured a special opening number by the cast of “Dancing with the Stars”, as well as speeches from Nancy Davis and family, Teri Garr, Blair Underwood, Jewel and more. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also presented Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger with a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles for their work and dedication.

The evening featured a live musical performance by Grammy-Award Winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists the Eagles, who performed “Waiting in the Weeds”, “No More Cloudy Days”, “Love Will Keep Us Alive”, and “Take It To The Limit”. The group ended their performance by having Michelle Branch join them onstage for a rendition of “Lean On Me”, a Race to Erase MS tradition. Grammy-Award Winning artist Michelle Branch also performed her own set including her hit “All You Wanted”. David Osmond, who suffers from MS, also performed his recent single “Last Day”. The evening’s musical director was Rickey Minor.

The event was sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger Group, American Airlines, Lamborghini, Serono, Associated Television International and Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

WHEN: Friday, May 8, 2009

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Century City, CA

MORE: 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, awareness will be created by educating the public about this mysterious disease.

MEDIA: Photos are available at www.wireimage.com. For more information please contact Andy Gelb or Stephanie Samson of PMK/HBH at (310) 289–6200 or stephanie.samson@pmkhbh.com.

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