BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Tim Allen, Bill Bellamy, Jon Lovitz, Bob Saget, and Robin Williams are among the extraordinary collection of comedians who will take to the stage on Friday, March 26, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel to benefit the Scleroderma Research Foundation. This stellar lineup will be kicked off by John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls singing his world famous song, Iris. The event is Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine -- an evening of world-class comedy and gourmet dining to raise awareness and funds aimed at finding a cure for scleroderma, the debilitating and often deadly disease affecting more than 300,000 Americans. Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine is the flagship fundraiser of the Scleroderma Research Foundation, the only organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to raising the funds necessary to find a cure for this life-threatening illness. Led by Saget in his sixth appearance, each talent will perform live on stage at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel for one of the most successful charitable events of the social season (last year's gala boasted net revenues in excess of $1,000,000). The evening's "hot cuisine" will include a sumptuous five-course feast prepared by celebrity chefs and renowned Los Angeles restaurateurs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, television's "Too Hot Tamales" and chef-owners of award-winning Border Grill (Santa Monica/Las Vegas) and Ciudad restaurants. Guests will be seated among stars from the worlds of television, film, sports, politics, music, and business. A live auction hosted by comedian Bill Bellamy will feature exclusive packages including tickets to Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida, a private jet charter for 50 guests to Las Vegas, a Hollywood package complete with 'walk-on' role on NBC's Will & Grace, a magnum collection of extremely rare wines from Napa Valley's most respected vintners, and more. Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine proceeds will benefit scleroderma research at leading U.S. medical institutions such as Dartmouth, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Ohio State, Stanford, UC San Francisco, and others. Scleroderma is a chronic, often life-threatening disease of the connective tissues affecting as many Americans as multiple sclerosis, more than muscular dystrophy, and 1/3 as many as HIV. Approximately 80% of scleroderma victims are women in the prime of their lives, but the disease also strikes men and children across all ages and ethnic boundaries. The word scleroderma is Greek and literally means "hard skin." The disease is most serious when it affects internal organs, causing severe damage and serious complications to the body's digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and immune systems. Since its founding in 1987 by scleroderma patient, the late Sharon Monsky, the Scleroderma Research Foundation has mobilized and developed an acclaimed national scientific and medical research program focused on the highest quality medical research. The organization is focused on research at the cellular level to understand the mechanisms of the disease and ultimately develop therapies to stop or reverse its progress. Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine was established in 1988 and has since welcomed a long list of leading celebrities to the stage, donating their considerable talents to elevate the profile of the disease and raise millions of dollars for scleroderma research. The goal of the Scleroderma Research Foundation is to "go out of business." The focus, clear and specific: to find a cure for scleroderma. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $16 million toward that goal. Individual tickets for Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine are $500; $1,000; and $2,500, with proceeds going directly toward the nationally recognized programs of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Advance reservations are required. Table prices range from $5,000 to $100,000. To purchase, call (310) 914-9100. For more information call (805) 563-9133. For further information, please contact: Charles Spaulding of Scleroderma Research Foundation, +1-805-563-9133, ext. 18, or fax, +1-805-563-2402, cspaulding@sclerodermaUSA.org ; or for tickets, +1-310-914-9100.
SOURCE Scleroderma Research Foundation