Race to Erase MS

May is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. Nancy Davis kicked things off with her annual fund-raiser. This year’s theme? Rock and Royalty

The first person I spied as I walked into the crowded Hyatt Regency ballroom at the Century Plaza was Teri Garr, sitting with pals, a smile on her face. This made me smile in turn, as I always look for her at this event (she was diagnosed with MS years ago, as was Davis) and hope she’s doing well. Between the two of them, I fully expect Garr and Davis to raise enough money for research to cure “this scum-sucking pig of a disease,” as Garr has dubbed it many times in the past. There was a Wills and Kate look-alike couple, the large fabu silent auction, and celebu-types like Paris Hilton, Raven Symone, Daisy Fuentes, and LaToya Jackson. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts hit the stage, oddly enough during dinner. “I know some stuff might come flying out of your mouth, but hey, it’s rock and roll,” Jett laughed, urging folks to get into the music. There was an Andrew Charles fashion show (Andy Hilfiger’s new line), and Jett got the whole place on its feet (to hell with dinner!), including a large contingent from Texas who was there for fellow do-gooders Katie Mattingly Brass and William O. “Bill” Perkins. Toward the end of the evening, guest/supermodel Cindy Crawford breathed a sigh of relief about not having to hit the catwalk. “I don’t know how I dodged that bullet,” she said. Davis went from table to table chatting folks up with her orange nails, a color she picked a few years ago to represent the cause. “It’s a happy, healthy color,” she said. For more info on the organization, go to www.erasems.org