Lights. Camera. Cure: Hollywood’s Star-Studded Dance-A-Thon
By Ria Sardana
Hollywood may be known for its overindulgence and luxurious parties, but the city is no stranger to amazing charities. On Sunday, January 27, Lights Camera Cure, hosted by actors Devon Werkheiser and Gia Mantegna, held its second annual Dance-A-Thon at the Avalon in Hollywood to benefit Four Diamonds Fund. Celebrities that graced the red carpet to help fight pediatric cancer included Skyler Day of NBC’s Parenthood, Joe Mantegna of Criminal Minds and Brandon Routh of Superman Returns. The event included musical performances by Drake Bell, DJ Splyce, Bex and Vanjess.
A total of 170 dancers committed to standing and dancing for the entire six hours to raise a minimum of $250 dollars each for the charity. Vanessa Werkheiser, daughter of event founder Gary Werkheiser, stated the dancers ended up going above and beyond the required fundraising amount, raising an average of $500 each. The event itself, which is based on Penn State’s 46-hour Dance-a-Thon, was planned by Penn State alumni at an event in Werkheiser’s backyard.
Actor and musician Drake Bell, who amazed the crowd with a standout performance, was just one of the many celebrities on hand with a love for charities and giving back. Bell worked with The Who’s Roger Daltrey and, when asked what it was like working with a rock legend, the very modest musician answered, “It was a dream come true. He was in one of my favorite bands of all time.” Along with enjoying The Who, Bell is quite fond of other timeless classic rock bands, such as The Beatles. “If I could perform on stage with anyone, it would have to be Paul McCartney,” said the 26-year-old former Nickelodeon star. As both an actor and musician, it seemed difficult for him to choose which one he enjoyed more. “I have been doing both for so long, but music is close to my heart.” The music industry has been treating him well, he says, and he’ll soon be touring and releasing a new album. Some of his current top hits include, “It Makes Me Happy” and “Found a Way”.
Bell also mentioned that he has a new show in the works. “I’ll be participating in this new ABC show called Splash.” The series has a total of ten celebrity cast members, such as Kendra Wilkinson, who will be trained to synchronize dive and compete in pairs.
Throughout the night Bell and other celebrities made an effort to talk to fans and even bust a few dance moves. Spirits ran high throughout the entirety of the event and every single person exuded passion and love for the cause. Tears were shed during speeches regarding Four Diamonds Fund and the unveiling of the total amount raised, $67,851.10.