Philanthropy

13th Annual Design Care Benefit Honors CBS, Lonnie Ali and Rodney Jackson Peete

The gala, sponsored by the HollyRod Foundation, benefits those with Parkinson's disease and Autism.
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The HollyRod Foundation sponsored the 13th Annual Design Care Benefit, which took place at a private residence in Beverly Hills on July 23. The foundation, which has been raising funds since 1999 to provide support for those living with Parkinson's disease and autism, presented the HollyRod Corporate Compassion Award to CBS; the Matthew T. Robinson Jr. Award of Courage to Mrs. Muhammad Ali; and the HollyRod4kids Champion honoring those that have provided tremendous support for Parkinson's and Autism to Rodney Jackson Peete. Peete, who has autism, is the son of Hollywood founders actress Holly Robinson-Peete and her husband, retired quarterback Rodney Peete.

The Design Care Benefit attracted such stars as Regina King, Garcelle Beauvais, and Perrey Reeves. Reeves Give Back Hollywood's Brandi Milloy that she attended the event because she loves "to see how [Holly Robinson-Peete] is so devoted and driven. She has never lost touch with what's important to her and is always giving and caring."

On the following day, the Second Annual My Brother Charlie Family Fun Festival was hosted by the HollyRod Foundation at Culver Studios. Robinson-Peete said that "in California the instances of autism have jumped over 200% since 2002." The actress, who created the foundation due to her father's Parkinson's and her son's autism, believes that "the biggest advance in Autism is that people have been able to speak out like myself and talk about it and really raise awareness about Autism."

Robinson-Peete's co-star on The Talk, Sharon Osbourne, also attended the 13th annual Design Care Benefit. The star, who recently announced an upcoming hiatus from the show, said that she and her husband Ozzy Osbourne attended "for the Peete family; we wouldn't have missed it. It's Holly's foundation; she works day in and day out for this cause and we're here to support her and her family." The TV personality and her husband were the winning bidders of an eight-week-old rescue Yorkie at the event's auction. The bidding for the Yorkshire Terrier puppy named "Ozzy" started at $5,000, and ended with a final offer from the Osbournes of $10,000.

Osbourne told AOL TV that she has no desire to permanently leave The Talk, explaining: "I don't want to give it up. It's a great, great show. We've all worked really hard over the last year I'm not going to walk away from that. I just need some real good quality time to be with my hubby." She is due to leave the show when her husband's tour ends in September.

The 13th Annual Design Care Benefit also featured a performance by Grammy nominated artist Ledisi and a runway show by fashion designer Naeem Khan. Khan is known for his intricately designed red carpet gowns worn by Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and first lady Michelle Obama.