For rocker Sheryl Crow, raising awareness for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer has been part of her family values from the get-go, so lending her name and her songs to the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s 10th-anni bash was a no-brainer.
“I’ve always tried to limit the number of causes I get deeply involved in, but breast cancer is one that I’ve really held close to my heart,” she said. “My mom kind of raised us with a lot of consciousness about our bodies, which has served me well ever since.”
Crow and fellow pop veteran Stevie Nicks were the headlining talent for the event, sponsored by VH1 and cosmetics giant Revlon and held at the majestic Hammerstein Ballroom on Gotham’s West Side Wednesday night.
Before Crow and Nicks rocked the house downstairs, a bevy of New York luminaries participated in a dinner and auction of donated items, with proceeds going to the Coalition. Auction took in more than $100,000; the most sought-after item was a dinner for four at the famed Italian eatery Rao’s, which fetched a cool $29,000.
Among those on hand were Revlon topper Ronald Perelman with Ellen Barkin, Julianne Moore, VH1’s John Sykes, Julie Bowen and Karen Duffy.
Moore, who is expecting her second child in April, said she’d been involved with the cause off and on for several years, but the stars aligned recently to kick her interest into high gear.
“I’ve been friends with Ellen and Ronald for a long time, and now I’m with Revlon,” she said, referring to a spokeswoman pact she signed last year. “Now that they’re involved, it’s all kind of serendipitous.”