This weekend in Malibu, Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete held their 14th Annual HollyRod Foundation Design Care Benefit. It was a great night with a lot of awesome people in attendance, and it raised a lot of money for 2 worthy causes – Autism and Parkinson’s Disease.
Holly and Rodney were kind enough to honor us with this year’s Champion Award, which meant a ton to Zev and I. The video they played before we went up to receive the awards was a real tearjerker, and sure enough it jerked the tears right out of me.
This was the video:
By the time that ended I was pretty much a wreck. I figured Zev would talk first so I could gather myself, but Holly handed him the mic and he handed it right to me so I had to try to talk through the waterworks. I managed to choke out a story about our friends Brett and Susie Sokol, who became a big part of our Amazing Race experience when Susie relayed to us that she had told her 12 year-old son Brett he had Asperger’s because of the way he responded to Zev on the show, which was incredible to hear.
When I was finished, Zev took the mic and called up his family and our friends who were there to support, and we all had a big group hug on the stage. It was a great moment.
Among others we met Paula Abdul, Arsenio Hall, Byron Allen, and Brian Grant – who does amazing things for Parkinson’s while living with it. Natalie Cole sang to us, Mark Curry made us laugh, someone bought a Shih-tzu for $10,000… lots of good things happened.
It was a night we’ll remember forever, and we have Holly and Rodney to thank for it. The world needs more Peetes.
We’ll post some more video when we get it, but in the meantime please give if you can to the HollyRod Foundation here: http://www.hollyrod.org/donate-now/