Summer brightens benefit

HOLLYWOOD — Friday’s 14th annual Race to Erase MS benefit saved the best for last.

The Tommy Hilfiger fashion show offered strong visuals; Tom Arnold leading the auction raised over $1 million; the speeches from Nancy Davis and a wheelchair-bound Teri Garr (“I hate everything about MS, and that includes MSNBC, not to mention PMS”) were enlightening, but it was Donna Summer backed by Earth, Wind & Fire that rocked the Century Plaza’s ballroom.

There were occasions earlier in the evening when the powerful sound system hit some torturously high decibels but David Foster put it to good use when he called Summer from the aud to join EW&F for a trio of disco classics.

“You take care of business first,” said Davis about the fund-raiser. “And then you rock out.”

The Suzanne de Passe-produced event raised over $2.5 million.

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