Celebrities attend Runway For Life for St. Jude

    Stars Come Out to benefit St. Jude.

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    A star-studded cast of celebrities joined Marlo Thomas, Terre Thomas, Tony Thomas, Phil Donahue and Robert Ellis at the fourth annual Runway For Life® fashion show to benefit St. Jude on September 15.

    One of the stars of the show, however, didn’t appear on the catwalk, but the style and beauty of the 2003 Enzo Ferrari was unmistakable.

    Just a week prior to the event, the Enzo was given to the Runway For Life committee by an anonymous donor for the event’s auction. This marked only the second time that the rare Enzo had come up at a public auction to benefit a charity. Ferrari manufactured and sold only 399 Enzos, with one extra car built and presented to Pope John Paul II, which was later auctioned for tsunami relief.

    The car was purchased by Luxury Motors for $1.15 million. In all, the Runway For Life raised more than $2 million for the hospital.

    But, of course, the auction wasn’t the only style and beauty on display for the evening. Stars Cindy Crawford, Jenna Dewan, Daisy Fuentes, Deidre Hall, Harry Hamlin, Jane Kaczmarek, Chris Klein, Anna Kournikova, Rob Morrow, Nancy O’Dell, Smush Parker, Lisa Rinna, Cybill Shepherd, Brenda Strong, Alison Sweeney, Amber Valletta, Louis van Amstel and Amy Yasbeck donned the designs of Robert Ellis and Sy Devore Menswear and strutted on the virtual undersea catwalk in tribute to Walt Disney Pictures’ The Little Mermaid. The Runway For Life served as the kick-off party for the release of Disney's The Little Mermaid Platinum Edition 2-Disc DVD set. The event was sponsored by Disney (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) and the Conair Corporation. The dinner and wine for the event was underwritten for the fourth consecutive year by Gilbert and Rose Marie Chagoury.

    The Runway For Life event was co-founded by Terre Thomas and close family friend and fashion designer Robert Ellis in 2002 as a way for the Thomas Family to continue the work of their father, hospital founder Danny Thomas, in the Los Angeles area. To date, the event has raised more than $5.25 million for St. Jude.

    In addition to the Enzo Ferrari, the silent auction had a number of special items for everyone including trips to Hawaii; Sydney, Australia; Istanbul, Turkey; Madrid, Spain; and Hong Kong, China.

    “This year’s Runway For Life was an incredible success,” said Terre Thomas, co-chair of the event, along with Ellis. “We are very fortunate to have so many friends in Hollywood who continue to believe in the dream of my father that 'no child should die in the dawn of life.' It is thanks to them and hundreds of thousands of people across the country that children everywhere have a fighting chance to live.”


    September 2006

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