The Scene: Friday's fifth annual Race to Erase MS, benefiting multiple sclerosis research. The night at the Century Plaza Hotel included a Tommy Hilfiger fashion show opening with Naomi Campbell, performances by Sheryl Crow, No Doubt and Natalie Cole, but "no doctors quoting unrecognizable Latin terms," said co-chairwoman Nancy Davis. "The guests should learn a little about the disease, feel good about giving money and leave wanting more."
Who Was There: Co-chairs Davis, Hilfiger and VH1 President John Sykes, plus 1,260 guests, including Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cindy Crawford, Dustin Hoffman, Quincy Jones, Penny Marshall, Bill Maher, Sidney Poitier, Rita Rudner, Jimmy Connors and Marvin and Barbara Davis.
Fashion Perspective: "I'm one of those smart husbands who allows his wife to dress him," said actor Kevin Pollack. "I have what's called the Elvis Factor--nothing matches and who cares? It's like 'Go ahead, put the leopard-skin seats in the pink Cadillac.' What I have is money and good intentions, and my wife has all the taste."
The Silent Auction: Everything from a Buttmaster exerciser autographed by Suzanne Somers to diamonds set in white gold. One guest, torn between the benevolent / narcissistic poles of his personality, said he "couldn't decide between the Jack Russell terrier and the laser skin resurfacing."