Heal the Bay fetes Roberts, Moder
While half of Hollywood unspooled pics in Cannes, the other half stayed home to raise coin for their favorite cause.On Wednesday, the Montreal-based org Fuck Cancer INWYKIWY (“It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know”) held its first fund-raising party in the U.S., at the Avalon Hollywood. Quddus, host of ABC’s upcoming “Duets” series, approved the provocative name. “It’s gangster,” he said. “Actually, it made me check with ABC to make sure I could hit up this event.” In Santa Monica, eco-couple Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder were honorees at Thursday’s Heal the Bay bash at the Jonathan Beach Club. Julia Louis-Dreyfus remarked, “How can I call myself Julia with Julia in the room? Maybe I should change it to Michelle Obama.” Receiving their award, Roberts cracked, “Is this recycled materials? Because if it isn’t, we’re not taking it.” According to Roberts, the couple didn’t have easy access to the tony club, having been warned, “You can’t come in this way.” “Put it on the Mudds!” Roberts shot back. Teri Garr received the Medal of Hope at Friday’s annual Race to Erase MS gala, at the Hyatt Regency. Despite a gaggle of former “Idol” contestants like Jacob Lusk, Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, the crowd was not keen on the Fox show, its finale tickets selling for only five grand. Event featured perfs by David Cook and Stevie Wonder, who had celebs joining him onstage for “Lean on Me.” What makes a gay fund-raiser different from any other? The gays talk about their kids more. For example, Wanda Sykes was chatty at Saturday’s An Evening with Women gala to benefit the Gay & Lesbian Center. At the BevHilton, Sykes revealed the joys of raising two white kids, quipping, “I get to call them monkeys. You can’t call black babies monkeys. That baby is going to fuck you up!” Of course, Barack Obama’s recent support of same-sex marriage had to be addressed. “That’s the last piece of the puzzle they were looking for,” she said of Republicans. “He’s the anti-Christ.” Evening also included perfs by Courtney Love, Linda Perry and Aimee Mann, who joked, “My job is to bring the tone down a bit with songs of depression and despair.”
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