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Loraine Colonello and Calista Flockhart

Comedy for a Cure

Sponsored by Variety, The Music Box @ Fonda and Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, Comedy For a Cure was a night of laughter and fun to raise funds and awareness for tuberous sclerosis, a grave disorder that affects one in 6,000 children. The evening honored Billy Bush, host of Access Hollywood and was hosted by two charming and beautiful Hollywood ladies: Calista Flockheart and Teri Hatcher. No less than 300 other Hollywood insiders also attended the event. The evening began with a VIP celebrity cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed soon after by a comedy show, featuring Bill Maher and the Dan Band, along with other stints including a special performance by Bob Saget. The event also hosted a live auction with world-famous auctioneer, Damon Casatico. One of the finest items at the auction was a Martin Katz Diamond Line Bracelet valued at US $4,500, which successfully went for over twice its value at US $10,000! Proceeds from the charitable evening benefited the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. In the past three years, the event has raised over US $350,000 to support research and families affected by TS.

The TS Alliance was founded in 1974 by parents of children with the disorder who recognized the need to educate the public and medical community about the illness. Today, the TS Alliance provides its members with the most current information about the disorder, and also awards grants for research that will eventually result in a cure for it.

TS is defined as a genetic disorder that causes the formation of tumors in vital organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys, eyes, skin, and lungs. The tumors result in serious health problems, including epilepsy, autism, heart disease, kidney failure, lung disease, mental retardation, and even death. It is, in fact, the leading cause of epilepsy and autism. More people suffer from it than even cystic fibrosis. Every 20 minutes, a child is born with TS, making it as common as muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease.

With philanthropic events such as this Comedy for a Cure, research is on the verge of making major discoveries that will have significant impact on individuals with the disorder.

POWER congratulates all the Hollywood notables who came out to the support the event and make such a large impact on those who suffer from the disorder as well as their families and friends.

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