On Saturday, October 27th, nearly 1,200 guests gathered at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles in support of the IMF’s 6th Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting the Peter Boyle Research Fund.
The Annual Comedy Celebration began in 2007, when event Chair Loraine Boyle, IMF Board member and wife of the late actor Peter Boyle, reached out to IMF co-founders Susie Novis and Dr. Brian Durie with a profound desire to make a difference in the lives of people coping with multiple myeloma. Loraine established the Peter Boyle Research Fund, calling upon both her and Peter’s friends to join her in raising both awareness and money to find a cure. They answered her call without hesitation, and have been donating their time and talents to our cause ever since.
Once again joining Loraine this year were Vice-Chairs Donna and Steve Feig, whose support played an integral part in the overall success of the event. Ray Romano, the evening’s host, opened the show with his Everybody Loves Raymond co-star, Doris Roberts. The TV mother and son reminisced about their favorite moments on the show and fondest memories of Peter.
Also appearing on stage that night were fellow comedians Jeff Garlin, Judy Gold, Gilbert Gottfried, Dom Irrera, and Fred Willard, whose unique styles had guests laughing for 90 minutes straight! But the show-stopping finale was the incredible musical performance by Joe Walsh and his band, whose amazing set left the audience screaming for more!
The event—complete with red carpet and paparazzi—also featured a dazzling silent auction with over 100 items, including a guitar autographed by Joe Walsh, fantastic trips, and an assortment of Hollywood and sports memorabilia and gift baskets from high-end boutiques and restaurants. When a small bidding war broke out over the autographed guitar, Joe Walsh generously agreed to donate a second guitar—effectively doubling the highest bid of the night!
After the show, the main dining room of the 1920’s style Ebell Club was transformed into a lounge-chic after-party for VIP guests, who sipped champagne and sampled desserts while chatting and schmoozing with friends, colleagues, members of the cast and other celebrity guests.
In only six years, the Annual Comedy Celebration has raised $3.5 million for the IMF’s ground-breaking research initiatives. The IMF would like to thank our presenting sponsors Celgene Corporation and Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, as well as the over 20 additional sponsors for their generous support.
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