The Stars Came Out for the Scleroderma Foundation's 10TH Annual 'Key to a Cure' Gala

10th Annual 'Key to a Cure' Gala on November 4th at L.A.'s Wilshire Grand hotel attracted celebrities, V.I.P.'s, and some of California's top medical professionals. The gathering was put together to honor those who have contributed to the progress in treatments for scleroderma, a life-threatening connective tissue disease that affects the skin and internal organs.  The evening was hosted by the comedic actor Mark Curry, and guests were treated to a live performance by Grammy-winning recording artist Peter Cetera, who sang several of his songs, including 'The Next Time I Fall', and 'The Glory of Love.' 

The Legendary Peter Cetera

Attendees and presenters at the event included Desperate Housewives actress Kathryn Joosten, Desire's Eliana Alexander, Deal or No Deal girl Lindsay Clubine, Discovery Channel host of Cool Stuff and How it Works Steve Truitt, and ABC news personality Adrienne Alpert.

Desperate Housewives Star Kathryn Joosten strikes a pose with Deal or No Deal's Lindsay Clubine

Honorees included Dr. Neil Jones, who received the Janie S. Benner Memorial Spirit Award, David B. Parker, who received the Spirit of Hope Award, and the Scleroderma Lung Study, which received the Spirit of Leadership Award.  Sponsors included Fort Ashford Funds, LLC and Anheuser-Busch, Inc., and the Benner Family.  10th Anniversary Patron Awardees included: La Habra host Lions Club, Debbie Flannagan, Wescom Credit Union, Jesus Rangel, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Nancy Wempe, Beta Sigma Phi, Chris Corman, Vertical Cure, and Dennis Benner. 

Big Brother's Erika Landin supports the cause

The evening was filled with happiness and tears, as honorees and presenters talked about how scleroderma has affected their lives in different ways.  A live auction was hosted by Today in L.A.'s Steve Truitt, with help from Mark Curry, who jumped on piano and drums, and pumped up the crowd to bid on spectacular packages.  Auction prizes included two first class trips to Hawaii and private suites for 24 people at games for the L.A. Lakers and Kings.  'Let's go, this is for a fabulous cause, let's see those hands,' Truitt shouted as a bidding war ensued for V.I.P. seats to the upcoming sold out Barbara Streisand concert. 

KNBC's Steve Truitt auctions off a first class trip to Hawaii

A silent auction had guests shopping for everything from spa packages to trips to Santa Barbara, as well as a bevy of fun items from Anheuser-Busch (including a Budweiser electric guitar), fabulous works of art, wine baskets, and even laser eye surgery donated by top local eye surgeon Dr. Rajesh Khanna.  Winners were able to take their auction items home that evening, making for some early holiday shopping for a good cause.

Host Mark Curry expresses how important it is to continue research for Scleroderma

The evening finished with dancing and a wonderful performance by The Jay Sterling Band, playing standards and big band sounds that had even tired guests on their feet.

The Scleroderma Foundation is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization helping the interests of those who suffer with scleroderma. The Foundation's 24 chapters and 160 support groups nationwide help to carry out its three-fold mission of support, education, and research. The Scleroderma Foundation is the leading nonprofit supporter of scleroderma research' funding over $1 million of new grants each year to find the cause and cure for scleroderma.  More information can be found at www.scleroderma.org

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