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2014 21st Annual Race to Erase MS Gala

The 21st Annual Race to Erase MS Gala took place on May 2, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Themed “Love to Erase MS,” the event raised over $1.75 million to benefit the foundation’s Center Without Walls program to provide treatment and ultimately find a cure for MS.

The program included a live auction called by Howie Mandel and Jack Osbourne, during which lucky bidders walked away with items such as a dinner with the Osbourne family at the SoHo House and a week stay at Tommy Hilfiger’s luxurious private home on the Caribbean Island of Mustique. CeeLo Green opened the show performing hits “Bright Lights Bigger City”, “Crazy,” and “Forget You”. Grammy Award-winning artist Natalie Cole spiced up the night with “Everlasting Love” and “Oye Como Va.” Steven Tyler closed the show with his incredible performances of “Jaded,” “Cryin,” “Walk This Way,” and “Dream On.” Natalie Cole then joined him on stage for a magical duet of “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” In Race to Erase MS tradition, a rendition of “Lean On Me,” was performed as the finale of the evening, led by Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, Natalie Cole, and Greg Phillinganes, who were joined on stage by Nancy Davis, Keegan Allen, David Osmond, Brenda Richie, Lynn Palmer, and more.

Celebrity guests at this year’s event included host Nancy Davis, honoree Dean Singleton, presenters Jordin Sparks, Shaun Robinson, Randy Jackson, Shemar Moore, and Keegan Allen, along with guests Jack Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Howie Mandel, Byron Allen, Barry Sloane, Jon Lovitz, Carmen Electra, Alessandra Ambrosio, Cody Simpson, Garcelle Beauvais, Daisy Fuentes, Greg Phillinganes, Cobi Jones, Johnathon Schaech, Frances Fisher, Jack Huston, Karina Smirnoff, Cheryl Burke, Bridget Mendler, Christine Devine, Tony Dovolani, Francesca Capaldi, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, Teri Garr, Thora Birch, Holland Roden, Crystal Reed, Laura Vandervoort, Emma Slater, Chelsie Hightower, Loni Anderson, Anna Trebunskaya, Lea Thompson, Tamera Mowry-Hously, Avon Jogia, Candace Cameron Bure, Zoey Deutch among others.

Thank you to everyone who supported our 21st Annual Race to Erase MS!

2013 20th Annual Race to Erase MS

The Twentieth Annual Race to Erase MS took place on May 3, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The 20th Annual Race to Erase MS themed “Love to Erase MS” raised $1.8 million to benefit the foundation’s Center Without Walls program to provide treatment and ultimately find a cure for MS.

The 20th Annual Race to Erase MS included a live auction called by Howie Mandel and Shaun Robinson, during which lucky bidders walked away with items such as a seven day, six night stay at the luxurious private home on the Caribbean Island of Mustique at Tommy Hilfiger’s “Palm Beach” house, an Italian Dreams vacation including stays at the Cervo Hotel in Porto Cervo, the St. Regis Florence and the St. Regis Rome, a dinner party for 20 at Mr. Chow Beverly Hills, including flowers by Mark’s Garden and JAM Invitations and party consulting by Janis Gurnick and Mindy Weiss party Consultants, and much more. Taio Cruz who was joined by DJ Havana Brown opened the show performing hits “Break Your Heart”, “Higher” and “Dynamite”. Grammy Award-winning artist and musical icon Elton John sang an incredible eight-song set which included hits “Tiny Dancer”, “Your Song”, “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”, “Rocket Man”, “Philadelphia Freedom”, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”, “I’m Still Standing” and “The Circle of Life/Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. In Race to Erase MS tradition, a rendition of “Lean On Me,” was performed as the finale of the evening, led by Aly & AJ Michalka and Greg Phillinganes, who were joined on stage by Nancy Davis, Cybill Shepherd, Marg Helgenberger, Kelly Osbourne, LaToya Jackson, David Faustino and more.

Celebrity guests at this year’s event included host Nancy Davis, honorees Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne, presenters Terrence Jenkins, Kelly Osbourne, Neil Patrick Harris and Marg Helgenberger, along with guests Rod Stewart, Howie Mandel, David Burtka, Cybill Shepherd, Byron Allen, Mel B, Catherine Bell, Cat Deeley, Victoria Justice, Ray Romano, Anne Heche and James Tupper, Kellie Pickler, Daisy Fuentes, Greg Phillinganes, Josh Hopkins, LaToya Jackson, Shaun Robinson, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, Dave Winfield, Shemar Moore, Matt Sorum, Barry Sloane, Swoosie Kurtz, Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry, Chelsie Hightower, Ryatt Rottman, Bella Thorne, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Bruno Tonioli, Kristin Cavallari, Anna Trebunskaya, Robert Knepper, Ziggy Marley, Alexis Knapp, Chris Zylka, Aly and AJ Michalka, Lea Thompson, Linda Gray, Camille Grammer among others.

Thank you to everyone who supported our special 20th Anniversary Race to Erase MS!

2012 19th Annual Race to Erase MS

The Nineteenth Annual Race to Erase MS took place on May 18th, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The 19th Annual Race to Erase MS themed “Glam Rock to Erase MS” raised $1.8 million to benefit the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis and its Center Without Walls program which continues to raise funds in order to provide treatment and ultimately find a cure for MS. In addition to the $1.8 million raised this year, the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis has raised $23,519,888 in contributions since 1999, and has funded MS research grants and programs totaling $18,510,805.

The 19th Annual Race to Erase MS opened with an exciting celebrity fashion show featuring styles from the Andy Hilfiger Andrew Charles Rock ‘N’ Roll Collection in addition to a presentation of the debut collection Authentic Icon, inspired by American Idol. The evening also included a live auction called by Shaun Robinson and Jason Kennedy, during which lucky bidders walked away with items such as a Live Fashion Week Package from the Mandarin Oriental, New York including a three-night stay in a Premier Central Park View Suite, round-trip business-class airfare, two spa treatments, tickets to the Tommy Hilfiger women’s fall fashion show and a $5,000 shopping spree at the Tommy Hilfiger 5th Avenue store, and much more. The a variety of musical performances followed. American indie pop band Fitz and The Tantrums opened the show performing hits “Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” “L.O.V.,” a cover of “Sweet Dreams”, and “Money Grabber.” American Idol winner David Cook followed with an energetic set including “The Last Song I’ll Write for You,” “Light On,” and a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.” Guests then enjoyed a performance by vocal quartet The Tenors who a two-song set including a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Lastly, Grammy Award-winning artist and musical icon Lastly, Stevie Wonder sang a six-song set which included hits “Come Let Me Make Your Love Come Down,” “Higher Ground,” “Easy On Yourself,” “Isn’t She Lovely,” and “Superstition.” In Race to Erase MS tradition, a rendition of “Lean On Me,” was performed as the finale of the evening, this year led by Stevie Wonder.

Celebrity guests at this year’s event included host Nancy Davis, honorees Teri Garr and Deb & Bill MacMillan, presenters Marg Helgenberger, Cybill Shepherd, Khloe Kardashian-Odom and Lamar Odom, Shaun Robinson and Jason Kennedy, performers Stevie Wonder, Fitz and The Tantrums, David Cook and The Tenors, along with guests Taylor Armstrong, Spencer Boldman, Lacey Chabert, Taylor Dayne, Janice Dean, Diana DeGarmo, Zoey Deutch, Christine Devine, Francesca Eastwood, Carmen Electra, Shannon Elizabeth, Clementine Ford, Camille Grammer, Maddie Hasson, Taylor Hicks, LaToya Jackson, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Avan Jogia, Robert Knepper, Jon Lovitz, Camilla Luddington, Jacob Lusk, Jonathan “Lil J” McDaniel, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jack Osbourne, David Osmond, Kalia Prescott, Megyn Price, Shawn Pyfrom, Quddus, Kim Richards, Bobbie Riley, Deja Riley, Taja Riley, Evan Ross, Catt Sadler, Anjelica Salem, Cassie Scerbo, Charlie Sheen, Antonique Smith, Lea Thompson, Pia Toscano, Anna Trebunskaya, Mayra Veronica, Clay Walker, Ace Young, among others.

Guests couldn’t leave without picking up the coveted Race to Erase MS gift bag, enjoying such items as makeup from Laura Geller, certificates to The Bar Method of Los Angeles and Massage LA, nail polish from Essie, socks by Tommy Hilfiger, teeth whitening pens from Star White, to name a few. The evening was sponsored by EMD Serono, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Associated Television International and American Airlines.

Thank you to everyone who came to support the 19th Annual Race to Erase MS to help us race faster to the finish line to find a cure for multiple sclerosis!

Historical Event Summary

2011 18th Annual Race to Erase MS

The Eighteenth Annual Race to Erase MS took place on April 29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The 18th Annual Race to Erase MS themed Rock and Royalty opened with an exciting celebrity fashion show featuring a sneak preview of Andrew Charles, the new fashion line by Andy Hilfiger. Following the fashion show Andy Hilfiger surprised the crowd by performing “Jumpin Jack Flash” with his band. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Clay Walker provided musical entertainment at the end of the night. Honorees at this year‟s gala included MS survivor Katie Mattingly Brass and William O. “Bill” Perkins who both serve on the Board for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis.

In a nod to the event‟s royal theme, A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz unveiled a one-of-a-kind exclusively designed wedding gown inspired by the Royal Wedding Gown worn by Catherine Middleton. At the end of the night guests were treated to delicious cupcakes from Gilt City which they could pair with a tasty concoction from the Don Francisco’s Coffee espresso bar.

Most importantly, the event raised over $2 million dollars for our Center Without Walls program – a research collaboration between the top doctors in the field of Multiple Sclerosis.

Celebrity guests at this year‟s event included host, MS survivor and advocate Nancy Davis, along with Byron Allen, Jake T. Austin, Allison Baver, Garcelle Beauvais, Drake Bell, BG5, Cheryl Burke, Tia Carrere, Mike Catherwood, Steven Cojocaru, Holly Marie Combs, Rachael Leigh Cook, Cindy Crawford, Mark Curry, Zoey Deutch, Janice Dickinson, The Donnas, David Faustino, Clementine Ford, Daisy Fuentes, Teri Garr, Debbie Gibson, Daniel Gillies, Ashlan Gorse, Melissa Joan Hart, Samantha Harris, Andy Hilfiger, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, LaToya Jackson, Kym Johnson, Robbie Jones, Chelsea Kane, Jason Kennedy, Regina King, Amber Lancaster, Sugar Ray Leonard, Jon Lovitz, Virginia Madsen, Bill Maher, Christopher Massey, Kyle Massey, Dr. Lisa Masterson, AJ Michalka, Rickey Minor, Dr. Andrew Ordon, David Osmond, Crystal Reed, Keith Rivers, Shaun Robinson, Melissa Rycroft, Angelica Salem, Allen Schwartz, Matt Sorum, Raven Symone, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Tilly, Anna Trebunskaya, Louis Van Amstel, Mayor Villaraigosa, Jason Wahler, Hines Ward, Sela Ward, Austin Winkler and many more. After celebrities made their way down the red carpet, they stopped by the Windows Phone Booth to take photos and record videos to tweet. For each celebrity video tweeted Windows Phone donated $500 to the cause.

The evening was sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger, American Airlines, EMD Serono, Pfizer, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and Associated Television International.

Thank you to everyone who made the 18th Annual Race to Erase MS a success!

2010 17th Annual Race to Erase MS

The Seventeenth Annual Race to Erase MS took place on May 7th, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The 17th Annual Race to Erase MS event featured a spectacular live celebrity fashion show by Tommy Hilfiger, dazzling silent and live auctions and performances by Avril Lavigne, Heart, and Dr. Hollywood .

The event raised over $2million dollars for our Center Without Walls program – a research collaboration between the top doctors in the field of Multiple Sclerosis.

Major sponsors included Tommy Hilfiger, U.S.A., Inc., American Airlines, Lamborghini, EMD Serono Pfizer, Associated Television International, and Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Among the celebrity guests in attendance were Buzz Aldrin, Loni Anderson, Tom Arnold, Drake Bell, Mayim Bialik, Brooke Burke, Sophia Bush, Kaley Cuoco, Taylor Dayne, Tony Dovolani, Erik Estrada, David Faustino, Jenny Fletcher, Debbie Gibson, Ashlan Gorse, Heart, Anne Heche, Chelsie Hightower, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Kelly Hu, Stephanie Jacobsen, Brody Jenner, Kym Johnson, Robert Knepper, Ali Landry, Jessica Lowndes, Gilles Marini, James Maslow, Chris Massey, Kyle Massey, Rickey Minor, Nancy O’Dell, Masi Oka, Megyn Price, Kelly Rutherford, Melissa Rycroft, Jennifer Taylor, Alessandra Torresani, James Tupper, Aiden Turner, Louis Van Amstel, Damian Whitewood, and Austin Winkler. Presenters at this year’s gala included Olympic gold medalists Apolo Anton Ohno and Lindsey Vonn, as well as Dr. Phil & Robin McGraw and Christopher & Kyle Massey.

Guests couldn’t leave without picking up the coveted Race to Erase MS gift bag , enjoying delicious cupcakes from CRUMBS Bake Shop while they waited.

2009 RACE TO ERASE MS: “Rock to Erase MS”

The Sixteenth Annual Race to Erase MS took place on May 8, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The 16th Annual Rock to Erase MS event featured performances by Dancing with the Stars, Michelle Branch, the Eagles, and David Osmond.

We also had a very fun silent auction, as well as a live auction which featured amazing auctioneer Vanessa Thanos! Mario Lopez mcee’d our event, and Mayor Villaraigosa presented Nancy Davis with an award.

The event raised over $2 million dollars for our Center Without Walls program – a research collaboration between the top doctors in the field of Multiple Sclerosis.

Major sponsors included Tommy Hilfiger, U.S.A., Inc., American Airlines, Lamborghini, EMD Serono Pfizer, Associated Television International, and Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Among the guests were such superstars as, Dustin Hoffman.

Thank you to everyone who made the 16th Annual Race to Erase MS a success!

2008 RACE TO ERASE MS: “We ♥ to Erase MS”

The Fifteenth Annual Race to Erase MS took place on May 2, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The Gala evening featured a celebrity fashion show by Tommy Hilfiger, a dazzling Live and Silent auction, Gourmet Dinner, and live performances by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

The evening raised over $2 million and benefits the groundbreaking research for the treatment and ultimate cure of MS. All proceeds from the event went directly to The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls program.

Major sponsors included Tommy Hilfiger, U.S.A., Inc., American Airlines, EMD Serono, Associated Television International and Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Among the guests were such superstars as, Howie Mandel, Ray Romano, Anne Heche, Emmy Rossum, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Shannon Elizabeth, Maria Mendunos, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, James Tupper and Tom Arnold.
Thank you to everyone who made the 15th Annual Race to Erase MS a success!


2007 RACE TO ERASE MS: “Dance to Erase MS”

The Fourteenth Annual Race to Erase MS, Dance to Erase MS took place on April 13, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The Gala evening featured a celebrity fashion show by Tommy Hilfiger, a dazzling Live and Silent auction, Gourmet Dinner, and live performances by Earth, Wind & Fire, Goo Goo Dolls and Donna Summer.

The evening raised over $2.5 million and benefits the groundbreaking research for the treatment and ultimate cure of MS. All proceeds from the event went directly to The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls program.

Major sponsors included Tommy Hilfiger, U.S.A., Inc., American Airlines, EMD Serono, Associated Television International and Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Among the guests were such superstars as Virginia Madsen, Apolo Anton Ohno, Joey Fatone, Nick and Drew Lachey, Nicole Richie, Stacey Keibler, Ray Romano, Ian Ziering and Michelle Rodriguez.


2006 RACE TO ERASE MS: “Disco Fever to Erase MS”

The Thirteenth Annual Race to Erase MS, Disco Fever to Erase MS, took place on May 12, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The Gala evening featured a dazzling Live and Silent auction, Tommy Hilfiger fashion show, Gourmet Dinner, and live performances by Kool & The Gang, Sister Sledge and Natalie Cole.

The evening raised over $2.5 million and benefits the groundbreaking research for the treatment and ultimate cure of MS. All proceeds from the event went directly to The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls program.

Major sponsors included Tommy Hilfiger, U.S.A., Inc., American Airlines, Serono, and Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. We appreciate the support in finding MS a cure! Among the guests were such superstars as Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Jon Lovitz, Rod Stewart, Randy Jackson, Lisa Rinna, Kelly Osborne, Lara Flynn Boyle , Stevie Wonder, Tom Arnold and Brooke Shields.


2005 RACE TO ERASE MS: “Rock and Royalty to Erase MS”

The Twelfth Annual Race to Erase MS took place on Friday, April 22, 2005.

The biggest names in music united in a star-studded spectacular at The Century Plaza Hotel and Spa featuring live musical performances by Earth, Wind & Fire and Natalie Cole. The gala event included a rock and royalty style celebrity fashion show by Tommy Hilfiger and a live and silent auction hosted by Tom Arnold, Tony Danza and Bill Maher.

Over $2.5 million was raised to fund groundbreaking research for the treatment and ultimate cure of MS. All proceeds from the event went directly to The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls program.

This exciting evening had special introductions by Drea de Mateo, Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Randy Jackson, Catherine Oxenberg & Casper Van Dien and was generously sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger, American Airlines, The Century Plaza Hotel and Spa Ferrari and Serono. Among the 1,300 guests were such superstars as Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Anne Heche, Anjelica Huston, Virginia Madsen, Ray Romano, Blair Underwood, Maria Menounos, Nicollette Sheridan, Regina King, Dule Hill, Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro.


2004 RACE TO ERASE MS: “Glam Rock to Erase MS”

The Eleventh Annual RACE to Erase MS took place on Friday, May 14, 2004.

The biggest names in music united in a star-studded spectacular at The Century Plaza Hotel and Spa featuring live musical performances by Cyndi Lauper, David Lee Roth and Natalie Cole. The gala event included a glam style celebrity fashion show by Tommy Hilfiger and a live and silent auction hosted by Tom Arnold, Tony Danza and Bill Maher.

Over $2 million was raised to fund groundbreaking research for the treatment and ultimate cure of MS. All proceeds from the event went directly to The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls.

This exciting evening had special introductions by Michael Chiklis, Bonnie Hunt, Ray Romano, Molly Sims, was generously sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger, American Airlines, The Century Plaza Hotel and Spa and Serono. Among the 1,300 guests were such superstars as Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, Nicole Richie, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Paula Abdul, Lara Flynn Boyle, Carmen Electra, Sidney Poitier, Jon Lovitz, Jamie Lynn Discala and Dennis Rodman.


2003 RACE TO ERASE MS: “Dancin’ in the Street to Erase MS”

The Tenth Annual RACE to Erase MS took place on Friday, May 10, 2003.

The biggest names in music united in a star-studded spectacular at The Century Plaza Hotel and Spa featuring live musical performances by The Four Tops, Eric Benet, Thelma Houston, and Jamia Simone Nash. The gala event included a retro style celebrity fashion show by Tommy Hilfiger and a live and silent auction hosted by Tom Arnold, Tony Danza and Montel Williams.

Over $2 million was raised to fund groundbreaking research for the treatment and ultimate cure of MS. All proceeds from the event went directly to The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls.

This exciting evening, co-hosted by Kelsey Grammer and Jane Leeves, was generously sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger, American Airlines, The Century Plaza Hotel and Spa and Serono. Among the 1,300 guests were such superstars as Melanie Griffith, Rod Stewart, Angelica Huston, Sarah Wynter, Kenny G, Lisa Kudrow, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Jennifer Tilly, Jon Lovitz, Nick Lachey, Michael Chiklis and Rachael Leigh Cook.


2002 RACE TO ERASE MS: “Peace and Love to Erase MS”

The Ninth Annual RACE to Erase MS took place on Friday, May 10, 2002.

The biggest names in music united in a star-studded spectacular at The Century Plaza Hotel and Spa featuring live musical performances by Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, Don Henley, and Stevie Nicks. The gala event included a 70’s style celebrity fashion show by Tommy Hilfiger and a live and silent auction hosted by Tom Arnold, Tony Danza and Bill Maher.

Nearly $2.6 million was raised to fund groundbreaking research for the treatment and ultimate cure of MS. All proceeds from the event went directly to The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls.

This exciting evening, co-hosted by Sela Ward and Jay Mohr, was generously sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger, VH1, American Airlines, The Century Plaza Hotel and Spa and Serono. Among the 1,300 guests were such superstars as Sylvester Stallone, Ray Romano, Brooke Shields, Tara Reid, Lisa Kudrow, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Jennifer Tilly, Jon Lovitz, Montel Williams, and Angela Bassett.


2001 RACE TO ERASE MS: “Rock ‘N Soul to Erase MS”

The Eighth Annual RACE to Erase MS, May 18, 2001, proved to be one of the biggest and best events ever as the RACE returned to the newly renovated Century Plaza Hotel & Spa.

For this year’s “Rock ‘N Soul to Erase MS” Nancy Davis, Tommy Hilfiger, and John Sykes of VH1, collaborated to reinvent the annual event with new flare and excitement. This evening produced by David Foster featured stellar performances from Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Brian McKnight and Nelly Furtado.

The celebrity filled crowd was on its feet raising the roof and nearly 2.5 million dollars for MS. Surprise appearances by Cher and Mick Jagger were among the highlights as was the live auction.

Former Bay Watch star, David Hasselhoff bid a whopping $42,000 for a trip around the world courtesy of American Airlines and Starwood Hotels. Other celebrity supporters included John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Penny Marshall, Rachael Leigh Cook,Thora Birch, Jennifer Tilly, Montel Williams, Angelica Huston, Lea Thompson, Joe Pantoliano, Stone Phillips, Sylvester Stallone, and Dustin Hoffman.


2000 RACE TO ERASE MS: “POP to Erase MS”

The Seventh Annual RACE to Erase MS, April 28, 2000, brought a new powerhouse to the fight against MS, talk-show host, Montel Williams. The RACE honored Montel as the first “Man of Courage” award recipient for his excellence in bringing nationwide awareness to the plight of all those suffering with multiple sclerosis.

The event returned to Los Angeles and the Century Plaza Hotel with a theme of Pop Art, Pop Culture and Pop Music. The evening consisted of a silent and live auction, a fabulous dinner, a Tommy Hilfiger celebrity fashion show, and entertainment by Bush, 98 Degrees, and Wyclef Jean. The show was hosted by Tom Arnold, Bill Maher and Billy Connolly.

This years attendance rose to over 1200 supporters including Sylvester Stallone, Gina Gershon, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dustin Hoffman, Rachael Leigh Cook, Dominique Swain, Eric McCormack, Jenny McCarthy, Catherine Bell, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, David Hasselhoff, Daisy Fuentes, Donny Osmond, Bijou Phillips and Christian Slater.

This was a monumental year for the Race as Grammy Award winning producer David Foster and Sony/Epic Records came together to help us produce “Keeping the Dream Alive”, a compilation CD featuring The RACE to Erase MS theme song “Lean on Me”. The CD was available in 2001 and all proceeds will go to the Nancy Davis Center Without Walls.


1999 RACE TO ERASE MS: “Rock to Erase MS”

The Sixth Annual RACE to Erase MS, May 21, 1999, took a gamble and hit the jack-pot when it headed to Las Vegas to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and its commitment to finding a cure for MS.

The weekend event included a 5K run/walk, a medical symposium, a celebrity poker tournament, concerts by the Goo-Goo Dolls, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Cheap Trick, stand-up comedy by David Spade, phenomenal silent and live auctions, and a Tommy Hilfiger fashion show featuring Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Michael Bergin, and Portia DeRossi.

A crowd of more than 1,000 including Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Angelina Jolie, Joe Pantoliano, John Stamos, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jenny McCarthy, and Dennis Rodman flew in for the sixth annual gala sponsored by VH-1, Tommy Hilfiger and The Hard Rock. This event-filled weekend raised over 2.5 million dollars for crucial MS research.


1997 RACE TO ERASE MS

The Fifth Annual RACE to Erase MS, November 14, 1997, explored the fascinating world of fashion.

Our principal sponsor, Tommy Hilfiger, who has graciously supported The RACE To Erase MS since its inception, honored our cause as sole beneficiary of the opening of his first flagship store in Beverly Hills on Friday, November 14, 1997.

Highlighting the evenings festivities at the Century Plaza Hotel was a fabulous runway show starring top models (Naomi Campbell, Bridget Hall, Marcus Schenkenberg, Esther Canadas, Alex Lundquist) celebrity models (Lisa Rinna & Harry Hamlin, Tia Carrere, Carmen Electra, Richard Grieco, David Arquette and Gwen Stefani). ALL SPORTING TOMMY HILFIGER GEAR! Performances by Sheryl Crow, No Doubt and Natalie Cole were unforgettable.

Co-chairs Nancy Davis, Tommy Hilfiger and VH1’s John Sykes were thrilled with the event’s success and among the evenings supporters were emcees Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman, with special guests including Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cindy Crawford, Dustin Hoffman, Quincy Jones, Bill Maher, Sidney Poitier, Fran Drescher, Jared Leto, Penelope Ann Miller, Jenny McCarthy, Sugar Ray Leonard, Don Henley and Gabriel Byrne. Together they raised more than $2.3 million!


1996 RACE TO ERASE MS: “Multisports for Multiple Sclerosis”

The Fourth Annual RACE to Erase MS moved the event to Los Angeles for the first time and took place June 1, 1996.

The summer sports fest was quite a departure from the Aspen ski party, but with the same theme: RACE! There was boxing, tennis, running, jumping, leaping, eating, buying, donating, laughing! You name it, we did it – including earning $2 million for The UCLA Medical Center’s Dr. Ellision and The Center Without Walls.

Produced by David Foster, Don Henley, Natalie Cole and Bill Maher performed with Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman as the emcees. Celebrities in attendance included Muhammad Ali, Jerry Seinfeld, Dustin Hoffman, Courtney Thorne Smith, David Spade, Marlee Matlin, Chris Farley and Frances Fisher.


1995 RACE TO ERASE MS

The Third Annual RACE to Erase MS, February 10 & 11, 1995, was held in Vail, Colorado.

The only thing comparable to the fun on the hill was the star-studded bash off the ski course. Produced by David Foster, performances by Natalie Cole and Kenny G brought down the house while friends Dean Cain, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Sugar Ray Leonard, Phil Hartman and Kevin Pollak joined in the very cold and blizzard-ish fun. The third annual Race earned an additional $1.7 million!


1994 RACE TO ERASE MS

The Second Annual RACE to Erase MS, February 11 & 12, 1994, brought out the stars once again to Aspen, Colorado – and the fund raising dollars.

Kenny G and Kenny Loggins rocked the house with an impromptu performance by Gloria Estefan. Comedic performance included Dennis Miller. The auction was emceed by Dennis Miller, Ed Begley Jr. and MC Hammer. Super celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, Pierce Brosnan Lynda Carter, Kim Alexis, Marlee Matlin and Richard Dean Anderson made the $1.5 million weekend a blast.

Just who won that downhill slalom race? Aw, we’ll never tell! But Team Nancy was out in full force and ready for another year. Proceeds for the race went to The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls.


1993 RACE TO ERASE MS

The first-ever RACE to Erase MS was held in Aspen, Colorado just one year after chairman Nancy Davis was diagnosed with the illness on a ski vacation.

The two-day event which took place February 14 & 15, 1993, raised $1.3 million for the MS research efforts of Dr. George Ellison of UCLA, The Rocky Mountain MS Center and The Aspen Valley Hospital.

The pro-celebrity ski race held in conjunction with the Chrysler Pro Ski Tour included stars MC Hammer who performed at the Country Western Party Friday evening, Michael Bolton and Kenny G performed Saturday night and celebrities in attendance included Dennis Miller, George Hamilton and Jimmy Connors. And we can’t forget the snow volleyball tournament that landed more snowballs than spike balls!

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