HOLLYWOOD — More than $3 million was raised last weekend at the sixth annual Race to Erase MS, held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The Friday and Saturday event, renamed Rock to Erase MS to reflect the change of venue of the event from Los Angeles, featured concerts, a Tommy Hilfiger fashion show and a 5K run/walk.
Proceeds went to the Center Without Walls, a medical research and treatment consortium whose mandate is to find a cure for MS by 2001.
The Friday fashion show featured top models sporting Hilfiger’s 1999 spring line and a Goo Goo Dolls concert.
The Saturday morning race was followed by a concert that night that boasted perfs by Cheap Trick, Wyclef Jean and Hootie & the Blowfish.
Woody Harrelson used the Vegas locale to honor Elvis Presley by warbling a blistering version of “Jailhouse Rock,” while Wayne Newton provided backing vocals on “Lean on Me.”
The event, taped for a VH1 airing in July, was emceed by Jon Lovitz, who also offered a tribute to the late Phil Hartman that hushed the crowd. It also featured a live auction led by Tom Arnold.
Items included a recording session with David Foster, which went for $85,000. An opportunity to be in a Hilfiger print ad was sold for $25,000.