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Race to Erase MS Gala Celebrates 25th Anniversary

May 1, 2018

The Race to Erase MS gala always seems to end with a dance party, and this year’s event was no exception. “We did come to party, right?” said rapper Flo Rida, closing the evening of festivities at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday.

“What I need to know,” the rapper then said, “is which one of our ladies out here is going to come on stage with me?” Then not one but what appeared to be about 20 women in cocktail frocks crowded onto the platform to join Flo Rida for his next number.

The affair marked the fundraisers 25th anniversary and packed a runway show displaying the Alice & Olivia collection. They also had performances by Flo Rida, Elle King and Siedah Garrett. The event was emcee’d by HQ Trivia Host Scott Rogowsky.

The crowd included: Anne Heche, Peter Facinelli and Randy Jackson introduced performers to a star-infused audience that included Avril Lavigne, Rumer Willis, AnnaLynne McCord, Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian, Byron Allen, La Toya Jackson, Frances Fisher, Camille Grammer, Joan Collins, Lance Bass, Logan Browning, Tracy Campbell and Pepi Sonuga.

For the gala’s nearly two-hour silent auction, guests meandered the hotel’s garden to bid on, among other things, exotic trips, designer clothes, art, entertainment packages and internships.

Later in the ballroom, guests opened their wallets for a nine-item high-ticket live auction, paying $9,000 for a Pomeranian puppy, shown off by Victoria Justice; $15,000 for dinner at the Osbourne home with Sharon, Ozzy, Kelly and Jack Osbourne; and $250,000 for one of the first Ferrari Portofinos in Los Angeles.

Since 1993, the Race to Erase MS has raised more than $47 million to fund research into improved treatments and what will hopefully be a cure for multiple sclerosis. This year’s gala raised more than $1.6 million from tickets starting at $1,000, tables up to $100,000, the auctions and additional donations.

Via LA Times