The Waldorf Astoria was filled with stars from the sports, television, music, and political worlds to raise funds to find a cure for paralysis. Over 2,500 people packed the Grand Ballroom for the 25th annual Great Sports Legends Dinner benefitting the Buoniconti Fund, sponsored by pharma billionaire and philanthropist Stewart Rahr. Rahr, in his signature black garb and yellow sunglasses and watch, was introduced by legendary broadcaster Bob Costas, and then gave a touching speech capped by his announcement of a $2 mil donation. Those standing for a series of ovations included Willie Mays, Donald Trump, Jack Nicklaus, Bill Russell, Tom Brokaw, Gloria Estefan, Annika Sorenstam, Russell
Simmons, Christie Brinkley, Brian Leetch, Dan Marino, and Michael Irvin.
The room seemed totally shocked when Rahr, AKA “the #1 King of All Fun,” had his good friend President Bill Clinton suddenly appear from behind the curtain after Rahr's speech. Clinton spoke to the crowd for nearly 10 minutes. “Trump and I like to hang around with Stewart because we've never met a guy who enjoyed giving his money away as much as Stewart Rahr,” said Clinton. “I wish he'd get as much as Bill Gates, he'd just give it all away just like Gates except he makes it more fun and everyone would be wearing those yellow sunglasses.” Later Clinton poked fun at Donald Trump, comparing his style with Rahr's: “I told Trump once, the reason you love to hang with Rah Rah is that he makes you look like you are on heavy doses of Ritalin or Prozac all the time.” At the end of the night, after performances by the Pointer Sisters and Donna Summer, Rahr was seen driving around the lobby in his new yellow golf cart drumming up more support for a paralysis cure, helping to raise a record $20 mil!