HollyRod Foundation Hosts Star-Studded 14th Annual DesignCare Event

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Holly Robinson Peete and husband Rodney Peete threw an evening of music, fashion and celebration for their HollyRod Foundation’s 14th Annual DesignCare event in Malibu, Calif. on Saturday. The actress says she worked really hard to make the event a success.

“It’s a lot of work. I mean its stressful, because you basically have to beg people for money,” Peete, 47, tells Celebuzz. “And that’s hard in this economy, let’s be real. I call it creative begging. So, there is an art to making someone donate. The most important thing is that people feel confident and happy to donate to your cause. So, that’s a lot of work.”

Which stars attended the charity event?

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Arsenio Hall, Yvette Nicole Brown, Paula Abdul and Michael Ealy stepped out to support the Peetes on their foundation, which focuses on Parkinson’s disease and Autism. These causes are important to Peete because her father suffered from Parkinson’s and her son has autism.

“It’s great. She’s such a lovely person. I love what she’s doing for her charity. This is the 14th year and this is the first year that I’ve been here, so I’m very excited about tonight. It’s going to be brilliant,” said Melanie Brown, also known as Mel B of the Spice Girls.

The HollyRod foundation gave several awards including one honoring a sponsor, Toys R’ Us, and former basketball player, Brian Grant, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in  2008 and was awarded the 2012 Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Award of Courage.

Fashion designer, Sue Wong, showcased her clothing line, which featured formal gowns with edgy embellishments. Plus, Natalie Cole and Jeffrey Osborne performed at the event.

“It was really important for me to be here,” Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke tells us. “[Holly’s] a friend. So, I support her for that reason, but also for the cause. She does so much work.”

Additional reporting by Catherine Greis.