Celebrity events on both coasts raise money for cancer charities
Charities on both coasts took on the Big C over the weekend.On Saturday night in East Hampton, Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, together with the Cinema Society, hosted an alfresco screening of Showtime’s aptly titled “The Big C” at the fashion guru’s beachside home. The skein’s Laura Linney and Gabourey Sidibe, together with Showtime’s Matt Blank and David Nevins and about 200 other guests, including Martha Stewart and Mark Ruffalo, watched the show atop Karan’s pool, surrounded by tons of candles and lanterns flickering in the night. Afterward, everybody headed to the beach for a roaring bonfire. “Cancer is there for every one of us,” said Karan, whose husband, Stephen Weiss, died of the disease. “As we sit here on this wonderful night, it’s about healing every one of us. When you have family, friends, and loved ones affected, it becomes about treating the patient, not just the disease.” In West Hollywood, the American Cancer Society honored Steve Mosko at the org’s annual California Spirit Bash on Sunday afternoon at the Pacific Design Center. “Cancer touches all of us,” said the Sony Pictures prexy. “My mother died of cancer, and two of my sisters have recently been fighting it as well. We all have to do what we can to help find cures.” The event raised $700,000 thanks to many celebs’ generosity: Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” bid on a variety of auction offerings, as did Vanna White, while Pat Sajak went another route, by donating a few choice items. And “Top Chef Masters” alum Mark Peel of Campanile fame, who devoted his day to mixology, concocting an odd-tasting drink made with rye and ginger beer.