The gala in Los Angeles was a night to celebrate Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson for Universal's continued support in the fight to end multiple sclerosis and honor David Osmond, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, but it was more than just a good time.
The 36th Annual MS Dinner of Champions raised $1.8 million to support worldwide MS research and vital programs and services for people living with MS and their families.
Here are snapshots and sound-bites from the red carpet, where SheKnows chatted up The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan, Joe McIntyre, Donny Osmond, Bill Pullman and D.B. Sweeney about everything from the MS Dinner of Champions and The Event, to The Amazing Race and the New Kids on the Block.
We also got Nia Vardalos to strike a pose and caught shots of Bill Pullman, D.B. Sweeney and Joe McIntyre.
"I have friends and a family member with MS and got pulled into the MS family," The Amazing Race host Phil Koeghan told SheKnows. "Over the years, we've raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and last year, at the age of 40, I took on the biggest mental and physical challenge of my life and biked across America. There was no better organization to raise money for than MS. I am excited by the idea that maybe, in our lifetime, we'll be able to cure this horrible disease. It takes movement away from people and I'm lucky to be able to move, so I'm excited about moving to make a change."
"Winning is one thing, but at the end of the day, you want entertaining," Keoghan said.
"We've got some great teams. I love the father and son YouTube sensation. They're a dynamic couple, because they might as well be from different planets. The dad is very traditional and old school, and the son is this new age guy who's into the internet. The way the two of them interact, it's magic."
"I'm a National MS Society Ambassador," Bill Pullman proudly told SheKnows. "Tom Sherak got me involved, but it was easy, because I have a good friend, a college professor, who's had it for many decades and I'm impressed by what the society has provided her in the way of machinery. She has to have a voice-activated wheelchair and she's gotten a lot of assistance."
Pullman also dished to us exclusively about what is up next for the actor. "I did this movie Rio Sex Comedy and I'm going to Rio Wednesday, for the opening," Pullman previewed.
"I did a movie called Bringing up Bobby with Milla Jovovich (and Marcia Cross) this summer and another movie called The Greatest Movie Ever Made. Isn't it great, to be able to say, 'I'm in The Greatest Movie Ever Made?' They're all going to be unusual and different."
"To raise 1.8 million is amazing, and in this economy, it says a lot," McIntyre raved. "My brother-in-law's sister, Melissa, has MS and their parents, Tom and Madeline Sherak, have headed up this event for so many years and raised a lot of money and awareness. I'm looking forward to seeing Donny Osmond rock the house tonight!"
What about New Kids on the Block? "The New Kids are still doing their thing. We're going to be together next weekend doing a photo shoot for some future stuff and the cruise is the bomb. Next year is already sold out. It was the fastest selling cruise in the history of all cruises. We broke our own record. It sounds hilarious and crazy, but it's so much fun. We've got things planned and I've also got a couple acoustic shows coming."
"They've raised so much money and it's a very efficient charity," Sweeney said of the MS Society. "Some of these charities spend 83 cents to raise a buck. That's not really helping and that's not how they do it here. It's great that people continue to give."
Sweeney was quick to dish what he said is his best role on The Event. "I don't know what The Event was or is, but what they're laying out is great and I have the greatest part I've had in years," Sweeney raved. "I'm a very naughty boy and I'm causing a lot of havoc."
And D.B., what's that you're holding all about? "Two Tickets to Paradise is a movie that I wrote and directed, with Moira Kelly (John C. McGinley and Ed Harris), and it was released on DVD last week," Sweeney said. "It won maybe 15 film festivals and I'm proud of it! We set out to make a guys' movie, and guys like it, but the surprise has been that women really responded. The movie's honest about how guys are. They're not as bad as you think; they're not as good as you think."
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