“We are so thrilled to be celebrating 26 years of progress at our annual gala.” – Nancy Davis
On May 10, the biggest and brightest personalities gathered at a prestigious event for an incredible cause: LOVE To Erase MS.
Stars converged at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles in support of Race To Erase MS foundation. LOVE To Erase featured live performances by Grammy-nominated R&B/Soul Artist Aloe Blacc and platinum-selling international music star Flo Rida, with David Foster serving as musical producer. The gala also featured a Spring/Summer 2019 runway show from Alice + Olivia with many celebs modelling in the show.
Among the evening’s celebrity presenters were Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jack Osbourne. Special guests included Kris Jenner, Avril Lavigne, Steven McQueen, and Rumer Willis.
This year’s gala highlighted Selma Blair for her bravery and strength during her personal battle with MS, as well as the Hausman Family Foundation for their unwavering generosity. In October 2018, Selma revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The 46-year-old actress shared the news on social media.
Selma’s longtime friend and Cruel Intentions co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar helped introduce her at the gala, saying:
“It would’ve been not only easy, but understandable, for Selma to hide when she received her diagnosis. Instead she’s done the exact opposite. She is facing this head on and sharing this journey with the world. I don’t think there is a stronger person I know.”
Taking the stage with her son Arthur, 7, Selma emotionally shared:
“I am really happy. I am really happy that you are all here. That I get this chance to speak for so many people who don’t get a chance to speak…
I have to tell you, everything is for our future, for the people who have immune diseases. My dream is that I get to be a useful mom as long as this kid wants me.”
Race To Erase MS was founded in 1993 by Nancy Davis and is committed to the treatment and cure of Multiple Sclerosis. Dedicated to funding research, all proceeds raised go to the Center Without Walls program, a choice network of top MS research centers. Hand in hand with combating MS through clinical research, they aim to educate the public and raise awareness about the disease.
To date, the celebrity-filled gala has raised over $48 million. This year, Race To Erase MS commemorates 26 years of medical advancements. The event raised over $1.8 million to benefit Race To Erase MS and Center Without Walls.