Sheryl Crow and No Doubt have been tapped to perform at the fifth annual Race To Erase MS benefit, set for Friday at the Century Plaza Hotel.
The event, co-sponsored by designer Tommy Hilfiger and VH1, and created by Nancy Davis, is designed to raise funding for research into a cure for multiple sclerosis. The funds are disseminated to a number of organizations active in the field.
In addition to the musical performances, the evening will also feature a celebrity-studded fashion show boasting some of the industry’s top models and TV and film industry big guns.
The gala, which will be taped by VH1 for airing Dec. 19, will also herald the arrival of Hilfiger’s store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
The Hilfiger and VH1 connection (the cabler’s prexy John Sykes is also a co-sponsor of the evening) stems from Hilfiger and Sykes both having siblings afflicted with MS.
“Tommy and I were discussing things one day, and we discovered we both had sisters who were hit with MS,” Sykes told Daily Variety. “We decided at that time to get together for an event that would help raise money for the medical research and raise awareness.” The fourth annual event raised more than $2 million.
David Arquette, Carmen Electra, Richard Grieco, Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna and Mara Wilson will be among the celebs participating in the fashion show.
On Monday, Hilfiger inked with the William Morris Agency to develop projects for the designer’s firm in music, film, TV and online. (Daily Variety, Nov. 11).