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Out to Pasture

Holly Robinson and Rodney Peete's growing fund-raiser took over a Malibu horse pasture for an auction and fasion show.

Actress Holly Robinson Peete and her retired NFL quarterback husband, Rodney Peete, attract the kind of boldface guests to their fund-raisers that studios like to show off at their own events -- stars like Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy, who aren't seen much on the public party circuit. The Peetes don't have jobs or contracts to offer as a lure, but what they do have is plenty of goodwill and good karma. The combination has enabled them to grow their Hollyrod Foundation benefit from a launch event for 200 people in their backyard nine years ago to this year's 500-guest gala on the site of a horse pasture in Malibu on July 21.

The Peetes worked closely with event producer IMAG Productions to create their ninth annual DesignCare (formerly DesignCure) event. With a vast piece of land offering a blank slate, organizers built black-and-white structures for the alfresco event and painted them with colored light. Vases of roses and hydrangeas in white, salmon, purple, and pink also added splashes of rainbow hues.

After a couple of hours of bidding on the silent auction, guests moved toward the stage area for a fashion show of slinky evening wear by New York-based designer Naeem Khan. The Peetes then honored friends and philanthropists Quincy Jones, Yvette and Kyle Bowser, and Jerome Bettis. In the spirited live auction that followed, Jim Carrey bid $30,000 for dinner at the Peetes' home with fellow comedians Chris Tucker, Cedric the Entertainer, and Chris Rock. Morris Day and the Time rocked the evening to a close.
DesignCare, started in honor of Holly's father to support people with Parkinson's Disease, has since expanded its mission to help others in need, including victims of Hurricane Katrina.

---Irene Lacher

This article was originally posted by BizBash on 7/25/07

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