MS Survivor and advocate Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger will celebrate the 19th Annual Race to Erase MS event at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on May 18, 2012.
Each year since its inception the celebrity-filled gala has raised millions for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis and its Center Without Walls program, a selected network of the nation’s top six research centers that operates with one mutual goal: to always communicate and never duplicate medical research. This year’s star-studded evening, entitled “Glam Rock to Erase MS,” will feature exciting live musical performances by vocal quartet The Tenors and American Idol winner David Cook, as well as a specially-choreographed dance performance by Derek Hough. Additionally, Teri Garr and Deb and Bill MacMillan will be presented with the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis “Medal of Hope” Award.
The evening, generously sponsored by EMD Serono, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Associated Television International and American Airlines will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Once in the main ballroom, the event will open with an exciting celebrity fashion show which will feature 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 as modeled by Pia Toscano, Jacob Lusk, Catt Sadler, David Osmond, Debbie Gibson, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Eva La Rue, and Shannon Elizabeth and among others. Guests will be treated to a one of a kind live auction hosted by celebrity auctioneers Shaun Robinson and Mark Curry, with live auction items including fabulous European, Mexican and domestic hotel stays from St. Regis, a walk-on roll on the hit show “Anger Management” including meet-and-greet with Charlie Sheen, stays at exclusive Hyatt hotel destinations, a stay at the Vomo Private Island Resort in Fiji, reserved seats to tapings of Jay Leno, The Rachael Ray Show, and The Talk, Alice & Olivia shopping spree with Paris and Nicky Hilton, as well as other amazing vacation getaways and experiential packages. After the live auction, guests will be able to enjoy the gala dinner and live entertainment. The Race to Erase MS event has raised more than $35 million for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis and its Center Without Walls program, which was founded by Davis in 1993.
The month of May not only marks the 19th Anniversary of the Race to Erase MS event, but it also acts as “Orange You Happy to Erase MS” awareness month, with orange being the vibrant color chosen to represent Multiple Sclerosis and hope. This May will mark the 5th annual “Orange You Happy to Erase MS” campaign, featuring a variety of products being sold with all or a portion of proceeds to benefit the cause. The campaign features products and partners including DKNY, jewelry from Nancy Davis’ own line of Peace & Love Jewelry, Alex and Ani, Bing Bang Jewelry, CJ Free, Anastasia, Luxe by Lisa Vogel, Shoe Dazzle, make-up by Laura Geller, Lisa Hoffman Beauty, Archipelago, Don Francisco’s Coffee, watches by Deuce Brand, products from Kashwere, EFX Performance Inc. bracelets and more. Proceeds from the sales of these fabulous items will go to the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis. To purchase any of these items, please visit www.erasems.org.
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 debilitating disease. All funds raised support “The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls” program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins. This nationwide collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinicians are on the cutting-edge of innovative research and therapeutic approaches to treat 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.
The Nancy Davis Foundation’s innovative MS Forum and Expo takes place the following day, Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Presented by WebMD, the MS Forum and Expo will be an open forum discussion with the most prominent and leading multiple sclerosis research scientists from the Nancy Davis Foundation for MS Center Without Walls Program. These brilliant doctors from around the nation will be discussing the most exciting breakthroughs in MS science discoveries, along with panelists Nancy Davis, Janice Dean, David Osmond, Dean Singleton, Teri Garr, Clay Walker and more. The MS Forum and Expo is free and open to everyone, and offers a unique opportunity for guests to ask questions of MS doctors about the advances that have been made in multiple sclerosis research and patient care.
Tickets to the 19th Annual Race to Erase MS start at $1,000 and tables start at $10,000. To purchase tickets for the event, please contact [email protected] or (310) 440-4842.