The best medicine

Williams makes magic at benefit

Robin Williams struck the perfect balance of comedy and commemoration at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s annual Los Angeles Gala, Making Magic Happen, on June 6.

The fundraiser, which started off as a modest cocktail party three years ago, showed off its powerhouse support by gathering an eclectic crowd of 500 guests, including studio execs from Universal, Warner Bros. and Fox, along with thesps Billy Crystal, Jane Seymour, Wilmer Valderrama and Cheryl Hines; as well as neuro-scientists and patients who have benefited from the foundation’s support.

Williams, who has worked as a board member for the organization since its inception, took the stage and gave a heartfelt speech sharing anecdotes from time spent with his college pal, Reeve, whom he described as a “real-life superman; a brave, compassionate and extraordinary man.”

“(At Juilliard School) I would stay behind him, trying to catch all the girls he didn’t want. And they still didn’t want me,” joked Williams. “So my therapist told me, ‘Let it go!’ “

More Scene

  • Demi MooreComedy Central's Roast of Bruce

    Demi Moore Appears as Surprise Guest at Bruce Willis' Comedy Central Roast

    Robin Williams struck the perfect balance of comedy and commemoration at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s annual Los Angeles Gala, Making Magic Happen, on June 6. The fundraiser, which started off as a modest cocktail party three years ago, showed off its powerhouse support by gathering an eclectic crowd of 500 guests, including studio […]

  • Outfest Filmmakers Get Political, Issue Call

    Outfest Filmmakers Get Political, Issue Call to Action on Opening Night

    Robin Williams struck the perfect balance of comedy and commemoration at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s annual Los Angeles Gala, Making Magic Happen, on June 6. The fundraiser, which started off as a modest cocktail party three years ago, showed off its powerhouse support by gathering an eclectic crowd of 500 guests, including studio […]

  • Bob Woodruff Foundation Acquires Veterans Org

    Bob Woodruff Foundation Acquires Veterans Org Got Your 6

    Robin Williams struck the perfect balance of comedy and commemoration at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s annual Los Angeles Gala, Making Magic Happen, on June 6. The fundraiser, which started off as a modest cocktail party three years ago, showed off its powerhouse support by gathering an eclectic crowd of 500 guests, including studio […]

  • Tiffany HaddishTiffany Haddish at the Hollywood

    Tiffany Haddish on Future Career Plans, Taking Advice From Tyler Perry, Melissa McCarthy

    Robin Williams struck the perfect balance of comedy and commemoration at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s annual Los Angeles Gala, Making Magic Happen, on June 6. The fundraiser, which started off as a modest cocktail party three years ago, showed off its powerhouse support by gathering an eclectic crowd of 500 guests, including studio […]

  • Vince Gilligan Carolyn Strauss Paley Center

    'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan Suggests 'Maybe It's Time for Heroes Again' on TV

    Robin Williams struck the perfect balance of comedy and commemoration at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s annual Los Angeles Gala, Making Magic Happen, on June 6. The fundraiser, which started off as a modest cocktail party three years ago, showed off its powerhouse support by gathering an eclectic crowd of 500 guests, including studio […]

  • Our Very Own Carlin McCullough

    Amanda Peet's New Play 'Our Very Own Carlin McCullough' Has a 'Game of Thrones' Connection

    Robin Williams struck the perfect balance of comedy and commemoration at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s annual Los Angeles Gala, Making Magic Happen, on June 6. The fundraiser, which started off as a modest cocktail party three years ago, showed off its powerhouse support by gathering an eclectic crowd of 500 guests, including studio […]

  • Shirel Kozak, Billy Crystal, Marina Zenovich,

    Billy Crystal, Filmmakers Remember Robin Williams at 'Come Inside My Mind' Premiere

    Robin Williams struck the perfect balance of comedy and commemoration at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s annual Los Angeles Gala, Making Magic Happen, on June 6. The fundraiser, which started off as a modest cocktail party three years ago, showed off its powerhouse support by gathering an eclectic crowd of 500 guests, including studio […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content