The Michael J. Fox Foundation raised nearly $5.7 million for Parkinson’s research at the star-studded sixth installment of its gala event, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's,” held Saturday, November 11, 2006. The evening was co-chaired by Lonnie and Muhammad Ali, Cheryl and David Einhorn, Holly Andersen and Douglas Hirsch, and Helen and Martin Scorsese.
Nearly 1,000 guests, including Denis Leary, Susan Sarandon, Donny Deutsch, Ronald O. Perelman, Ryan Reynolds, Famke Janssen and New York Mets MVP David Wright joined Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan for the British Invasion-themed party. Performances of classic Beatles tunes by The Fab Faux, a Beatles tribute band, and by rock icons Sheryl Crow, Rob Thomas and Elvis Costello had guests dancing at their tables. Early in the evening, surprise guest Axl Rose took the stage for a masterful rendition of Paul McCartney's “Live and Let Die.”
The Foundation's Board of Directors covered the costs of putting on the event, so every dollar raised will go straight to Parkinson's science. Michael J. Fox and the Foundation staff thank the co-chairs, performers and guests who made the evening such an incredible success.