The A list of execs and artists from film, TV and music attended the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund’s dinner honoring record producer David Foster. The Nov. 12 event, which attracted a record attendance of 1,100 to the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport, boasted a ’70s theme and was fittingly emceed by TV czar Merv Griffin.
Performers paying homage to the prolific Foster were Az Yet, All-4-One, Celine Dion and Cheryl Lynn, whose warbling of her 1979 nugget “Got to Be Real” was a showstopper.
“The fund’s (research) bench to beside approach is clearly working,” said Foster, who was presented with the org’s Children’s Choice Award by Barbra Streisand. “It doesn’t matter which one of us carries this (award) home, as long as we put these wretched diseases in the history books.”
The event raised $2.1 million to advance the org’s mission to end the suffering of children afflicted with cancer, leukemia and AIDS.