Celebrity Moment: Hobnobbing with Tom Arnold and Gwen Stefani at a Cancer Benefit

It’s been a while (2018?), so I don’t remember all the details, but I recall this was a Cancer benefit, and perhaps it was the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Foundation. I remember is was held in Culver City. It was not just any ordinary charity event; it was a gathering that brought together some of the most beloved celebrities, making it an event to remember. The event had a special connection to the world of television, as there was some relationship with one of the characters from “Starsky and Hutch.”

Meeting Tom Arnold was a pleasure. He was friendly and approachable, and it was fascinating to hear him talk about his support for cancer research and his personal connections to the cause. Our brief conversation left me with a sense of admiration for his commitment to making a difference.

The atmosphere was relaxed and informal, so I felt fairly at ease mingling with the stars. Cheryl Burke and Karina Smirnoff were there too, and I actually helped arrange them being there, because I was friends with Cheryl’s mom Sherri Burke. I thought was awesome that I was able to make a contribution, and bring stars to the benefit. It was an honor

One of the most memorable moments was meeting Richard Simmons. True to his vibrant personality, he stood out in a pink warm-up suit, radiating energy and seemed to be joking around with lots of people. His outfit and demeanor brought a smile to everyone’s face and he seemed just like the Richard Simmons that I knew from watching him on TV years ago.

Taking a picture with Gwen Stefani was another highlight of the event for me. I remember feeling a bit nervous, and it felt like she didn’t want me to stand too close to her. Haha! Despite my nerves, she was gracious, and the photo turned out to be a cherished keepsake from the event.

Gwen Stefani

Reflecting on that event, it’s clear that the real stars of the event were not just the celebrities but the countless individuals and families affected by cancer. The event raised awareness and funds for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Foundation, a cause that continues to be vital in the fight against this devastating disease.