Race to Erase MS: Nancy Davis is Still Sprinting Towards a Cure

The mega philanthropist donned an orange evening gown for her 22nd annual gala


Not everyone can pull off a bright orange ball gown, but it works on mega MS philanthropist Nancy Davis. Davis held her 22nd annual (wow!) Race to Erase MS fund-raiser on Friday night, packing the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza from wall to wall with an energetic crowd. The group was so buzzy she could hardly get it to zip it when she hit the stage. Tommy Hilfiger bounced up there to receive an award presented by his son and daughter. “I accept this on behalf of my sister, who has had MS for 25 years,” he said. “She is great in spirit but she suffers.” His wife Dee also sported an orange gown. Then Hilfiger brought it back to the lady of the hour. “Nancy Davis carries the orange flag 24/7.” The two met at Davis’s first fund-raiser in Aspen—she has been raising money and awareness for medical research for MS since she was diagnosed with the disease over 20 years ago. Many of the current drugs that combat the progression of the disease were piloted by her Center Without Walls.

Paris Hilton hit the stage holding a teacup Pomeranian a little bigger than her hand for the live auction. “I just lost my little dog Tinkerbell,” she informed the crowd in between making her ‘That’s Hot’ face and smooching the pup. Sharon Osbourne led the heated auction and snapped up the dog for $17,000. She sat by daughter Kelly and son Jack. Jack Osbourne was diagnosed with MS in 2012. Another hot ticket on the auction was a Bespoke Aston Martin Vanquish that went for $155,000.

Rita Ora hit the stage loaded with Bulgari jewels (one of the sparklers went flying while she was singing – “Nobody sweep the floor!” she said, and kept on performing) and she was followed by Ne-Yo, who brought his dancers and their red hotpants. The evening ended with goody bags and cupcakes. The event raised $1.7 million.