Race to Erase MS gala honors Selma Blair, raises $1.8 million

Dealing with a recently diagnosed, aggressive form of multiple sclerosis, which appears to have caused spasms in her vocal cords, Blair at times struggled to speak but never lost her sense of humor.

Honoree Selma Blair from left, Arthur Saint Bleick, Robin Roberts and Sarah Michelle Gellar onstage during the 26th Race to Erase MS gala.

The lively shindig, which was at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, featured a fashion show by Alice and Olivia by Stacey Bendet and upbeat performances by Aloe Blacc and Flo Rida, who delivered a 12-song set that had everyone jumping up on their feet.

During the reception and massive silent auction, media mogul Byron Allen, Songwriting Hall of Famer Diane Warren, attorney Robert Shapiro and a multitude of models, actors and reality stars could be seen mingling or busily placing bids on children’s toys, hotel stays, restaurant certificates, internships, VIP experiences, handbags, jewelry and more.

Inside the ballroom, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robin Roberts, Johnny Galecki, Dorothy Lucey, Jack Osbourne, the night’s musical producer David Foster and event founder Nancy Davis addressed the audience.

Combined with auction proceeds and additional donations, this year’s gala raised more than $1.8 million to fund research into the cause, treatment and cure for multiple sclerosis.

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