Friends rally around St. Jude’s

Benefit raises over $1 million

After 20 years of soliciting money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, host Tony Thomas was heartened by the fact that “someday, my children will be asking your children for money, too.”

In all, more than $1 million was raised during St. Jude’s gala benefit Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton.

Rocker Sheryl Crow turned up, freely admitting, “I’ve played weddings and bar mitzvahs before, I’m not ashamed to admit.” Apropos of the charity, she performed the tune for which she won a Grammy , the Guns N’ Roses 1987 hit, “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and changed the lyrics in her hit single, “All I Wanna Do” from “I like a good beer buzz, early in the morning” to a kid-friendly “milk.”

Those who showed up in support of the Thomas Family charity event included performers Ray Romano and Marc Anthony, as well as, Holly Hunter, Carrie Fisher, Penny Marshall, Tim Allen, Kelsey Grammer, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Grey and Laura Dern.

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