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Celebs sashay through ‘Chicago’ DVD benefit

Auction raises money, hope for St. Jude Children's Research

Celeb models and their professional counterparts razzle-dazzled the aud during the 2nd annual “Runway for Life” benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Aug. 19 at the BevHilton.

Evening, tied into the DVD release for “Chicago,” started with schmoozing, then kicked into gear with a live auction. “Murder She Wrote” thesp and Windy City native Ron Masak served as auctioneer, egging on bidders to spend $10,000 for a puppy — after all, it’s for charity. The most popular item, however, was six tickets to Michael Jackson’s Neverland, which went for $20,000 and was promptly donated to the event’s guest of honor, Elizabeth LaBotto, a 4-year-old suffering from brittle bones disease.

The fashion show featured music from “Chicago” and clothing from Hugo Boss and Robert Ellis; latter co-chaired the event with Marlo Thomas, daughter of St. Jude’s founder Danny Thomas. John Ritter and Cybill Shepherd were the night’s reigning divas, va-vooming down the runway and playing up to the crowd. Ray Romano hammed it up, following models around with his tongue hanging out. And at one point, a shy Calista Flockhart was dragged onstage in a sequined gown by Ritter and then abandoned to the limelight.

Other runway models for the day included Jennifer Aniston, Phil Donahue, Allison Janney, Gabrielle Union, Debbie Reynolds and Jane Kaczmarek.