WHAT: The Entertainment Industry Foundation’s annual bash to benefit the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance and the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health on Wednesday. Theme of the evening was Hollywood meets Motown, a discreet nod to the fact that 30% more African-Americans die from the cancer than any other group.
WHO: Katie Couric, emcee Conan O’Brien, plus performers Mary J. Blige, Vanessa Williams, Elvis Costello, John Legend, Chaka Khan, James Taylor, Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel, Elmo and the Muppets and Smokey Robinson
WHERE: Gotham’s Waldorf-Astoria
CAN WE TALK?: “There are very few women in the business who can bring together so many (celebrities) to talk about their colons,” designer Carmen Marc Valvo — who accepted the award for his support of the NCCRA — said of Couric.
SHADOW OF MOTOWN: After dinner — and an auction that included a trip featuring a visit to the Playboy Mansion — O’Brien introduced the main musical show, noting: “Who better to kick off an evening of Motown entertainment than the whitest man in America.”