Stars shine for St. Jude at second annual Runway for Life Celebrity Fashion Show in Hollywood

    (Los Angeles, California - August 19, 2003)


    Marlo Thomas and Jennifer Aniston

    Marlo Thomas and Jennifer Aniston, who played mother and daughter
    on Friends, make their way down the runway.


    The movie Chicago® may have gotten the Oscar, but St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was the star on August 19. Some of Hollywood’s biggest names celebrated the DVD release of the Academy Award-winning film for the benefit of the hospital founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas at the second annual Runway for Life Celebrity Fashion Show.

    The event was created last year by Terre Thomas, daughter of the St. Jude founder, and fashion designer Robert Ellis. Thomas and Ellis were joined this year by Marlo and Tony Thomas and Phil Donahue. Fund-raising totals from the event are expected to exceed well over $1 million.

    Celebrity models and guests in attendance included Jennifer Aniston, Tyson Beckford, Cindy Crawford, Carrie Fisher, Calista Flockhart, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Deidre Hall, Natasha Henstridge, Rachel Hunter, Allison Janney, Jane Kaczmarek, Carre Otis, Debbie Reynolds, John Ritter, Ray Romano, Ryan Seacrest, Cybill Shepherd, Gabrielle Union and Amber Valletta.

    During the evening, businessman Carlos Peralta and his wife Mariana, from Mexico, were so moved by the St. Jude story that they gave $1 million to the hospital.

    The show featured choreographed segments from the movie including All That Jazz, Razzle Dazzle,Cell Block Tango and Roxie. As homage to the rich history of the Windy city, additional segments included Everyone Knows It’s Windy and It’s Getting Hot in Here, harkening back to the Great Chicago Fire.

    Before the show, attendees were treated to a silent and live auction featuring high-end, one-of-a-kind items including five-star trips to Paris, Greece and New York, including limo service, first-class air and accommodations and diamond jewelry.

    “Once again the L.A. crowd and Hollywood celebrities came out for St. Jude,” said Terre Thomas. “Every year they have increased their support and I know that the children of the world are grateful for the friends they have in Los Angeles.”