Dennis Quaid came bouncing out on stage, guitar in hand, strumming to the music of The Sharks, at The Night Under the Stars Gala, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Quaid delivered an energetic performance, even running through the audience, and seemed a bit manic for the staid, genteel crowd. But soon a large contingent of members of the grocery industry were shaking their stuff to his raucous melodies. He performed many original tunes, plus classic hits such as "Great Balls of Fire", "Spill The Wine" and "Gloria." Perhaps the most touching moment occurred when Entertainment Tonight's Jann Carl and her hubby, David Sears traipsed on to the dance floor, and began dancing with two young girls in wheel chairs.
Jann Carl (Entertainment Tonight)
with Dennis Quaid at MDA Event
Jann, who grows more gorgeous every year, has been associated with the MDA for ten years, and she and Ed McMahon (a 19 year veteran), co-hosted the black tie event. Honored were Dennis Bassler, Senior VP of Albertsons, and John Joseph Davis, internationally acclaimed photographer, who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) just last year.
As we all know, Jerry Lewis is synonymous with the MDA, and we are pleased to announce that his facial bloating (due to medication for serious illnesses) has been alleviated. His words to Davis were "your tenacity and strength of character set a sterling example of courage in the face of a daunting challenge."
Thanks go to Chairman Timmi Masters, and her hard working committee, for a spectacular evening which raised more than $380,000 to help "Jerry's Kids."
Jerry Lewis (National MDA Chair)
Friday the 13th will be a lucky day for George Barris, Hollywood's King of the Kustomizers. Barris, creator of such cars as the Dukes of Hazzard General Lee, the Beverly Hillbillies Jalopy, and The Flintstones, Flintmobile, is auctioning off over 80 of these valuable autos by Bonhams & Butterfields auction house.
On the 13th, many of the Hollywood stars who worked with these celebrity cars, will bid goodbye at two receptions at the Peterson Automotive Museum. Some of the celebs expected to attend included William Shatner, Farrah Fawcett, Bo Derek, Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin), and David Hasselhoff. There will be VIP tour from 10 Am to 9 PM; and the actual auction will take the following day. If you're in the market for a one of a kind auto or motorcycle, this is the place to be on the Hollywood Beat.