HollyRod DesignCare Gala

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Arsenio Hall, Reverend Jesse Jackson join Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete for DesignCare 


Actress Holly Robinson Peete and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, stars of the Oprah Winfrey Network reality series “For Peete’s Sake,” paraded on the runway at the 18th annual DesignCare Gala and greeted guests seated outside at former professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard’s expansive Pacific Palisades home.

“You know you have good friends when they let 600 of your friends roll up into their crib,” said Robinson Peete, thanking Leonard and his wife, Bernadette. The July 16 affair benefited the HollyRod Foundation, which provides care for those people living with autism and Parkinson’s disease.

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It was a star-studded evening of music, fashion and raising money. Here are six things you missed if you weren’t there.

1)  As Laila Ali, Muhammad Ali’s daughter, looked on, Leonard offered a tribute to “the greatest of all time and my hero” …


Click here to read my entire story in the fashion/ lifestyle section of the Los Angeles Times and scroll down the page to see more pictures.

As an aside, this is always a wonderful gala, as most often the evening combines a Grammy-nominated performer, an ultra-glamorous fashion show and a glorious setting, such as this year’s venue: Sugar Ray Leonard’s beautifully manicured backyard. (No matter how luxurious the hotel, private homes invariably have them beat for ambiance.)

At this gala, as a bonus, there’s also Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete as hosts, who charmingly bantered through the official ceremonies, while surrounded by their celebrated and enthusiastic friends.

And… the desserts were alcoholic! Check out Cake Buzz!

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Top photo: Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete take the stage at the HollyRod DesignCare Gala  (Photo by Tiffany Rose/ Getty Images for HollyRod Foundation)

Second photo: An enthusiastic Arsenio Hall has a front row seat at the HollyRod DesignCare Gala  (Photo by Tiffany Rose/ Getty Images for HollyRod Foundatio)

Third photo: From left, Ashley Laverne Jackson applauds as the Reverend Jesse Jackson joins former professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in a victory sign at the HollyRod DesignCare Gala (Photo by Tiffany Rose/ Getty Images for HollyRod Foundation)

Fourth photo: From left, Chris Paul Family Foundation’s Desiree Paul and CJ Paul, Jada Crawley, and one of the night’s honorees: NBA player Chris Paul at the HollyRod DesignCare Gala  (Photo by Tiffany Rose/ Getty Images for HollyRod Foundation)

Fifth photo: Former NFL player Curtis Conway and former professional boxer Laila Ali at the HollyRod DesignCare Gala, which included a tribute to Ali’s father, Muhammed Ali (Photo by Tiffany Rose/ Getty Images for HollyRod Foundation) 

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Published  July 22, 2016 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA