HOLLYWOOD — Guests were feeling generous Friday at the 12th annual Race to Erase MS fund-raiser at the Westin Century Plaza Hotel; even Tom Arnold got auctioned off as a prize.
A guest spot on Arnold’s “Best Damn Sports Show Ever” went for $13,000, but not before co-auctioneer Bill Maher told Arnold, “I will bid $11,000 to spend the day with you.”
The evening’s live auction was bookended by a fashion show by Tommy Hilfiger and perfs from Natalie Cole and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Actress Nicollette Sheridan‘s animal instincts came out during the live auction when she hopped onstage to save an English bulldog puppy from the hands of Jason Davis, son of co-host Nancy Davis.
As Sheridan cradled the puppy, she offered to walk the dog and throw in a lunch with its new owner to help increase the bidding. It worked; the puppy went for $10,000.
The night was not all fun and games. Davis’ sons spoke to the crowd about their mother’s battle with multiple sclerosis.
Thesp Teri Garr, who also lives with multiple sclerosis, gave a humorous speech in which she referred to MS as “a scum-sucking pig of a disease.” After having lived with the disease for more than 20 years, Garr told the crowd, “I’m starting to feel like I own the damn thing.”