Robin Williams struck the perfect balance of comedy and commemoration at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s annual Los Angeles Gala, Making Magic Happen, on June 6.
The fundraiser, which started off as a modest cocktail party three years ago, showed off its powerhouse support by gathering an eclectic crowd of 500 guests, including studio execs from Universal, Warner Bros. and Fox, along with thesps Billy Crystal, Jane Seymour, Wilmer Valderrama and Cheryl Hines; as well as neuro-scientists and patients who have benefited from the foundation’s support.
Williams, who has worked as a board member for the organization since its inception, took the stage and gave a heartfelt speech sharing anecdotes from time spent with his college pal, Reeve, whom he described as a “real-life superman; a brave, compassionate and extraordinary man.”
“(At Juilliard School) I would stay behind him, trying to catch all the girls he didn’t want. And they still didn’t want me,” joked Williams. “So my therapist told me, ‘Let it go!’ “