The stars were out in full force at the Juvenile Diabetes Research gala at the Beverly Hilton. Seated at Barbara Davis' table were such notables as Sidney Poitier, Sugar Ray Leonard, Barbara Sinatra and the ubiquitous Kirk Douglas, who really gets around for a 91 year old stroke survivor. Did you know he recently received a special honor for Defending the Freedom of Expression from Pen USA?
Some of the other notables enjoying the song styling of Neil Sedaka, included Vanity Fair's Dominick Dunne (who spends every day at the Phil Spector trial), Nikki Haskell, who presented each guest with her own special exercise equipment, and Natalie and Paul Orfalea, (owner of Kinkos) who received the Caregiver Awarder for helping so many children in the areas of health and education.
Some of the impressive celeb participants included host Larry Gelbert, Lou Diamond Phillips, Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand & Fog) and Gary Dourdan (CSI).
Brad Garret (Everybody Loves Raymond) served as MC, and announced that $295,000 was raised for cancer research.
There are four stages of live entertainment, casino style gaming and silent and live auctions. Last year Adam Carolla was the auctioneer and helped raise over $1.8 million. For more info on how you can attend this star studded event, and do your share to conquer cancer, visit their website at www.concernfoundation.org. Hope to see you there on the Hollywood Beat.