Game for Games
But the emotional center of last week's fund-raiser in New York City was the group's cofounder Elizabeth Glaser, who, though in frail health, traveled from her home in L.A. to give a brief speech that moved many in the crowd to tears. (Glaser and her actor-director husband, Paul Michael Glaser, lost their daughter Ariel to AIDS in 1988, and both Elizabeth and her 9-year-old son, Jake, are HIV-positive.) "Elizabeth is a hero to anyone who understands that you always have to bring hope, you always have to fight against despair, you always can find more meaning in your own life by helping others," Clinton said as she presented Glaser with a presidential commendation.
The afternoon-long event, sponsored by Harper's Bazaar, did indeed raise spirits—not to mention more than $1 million for pediatric AIDS research. Entertainers and athletes, moguls and models put their egos aside and played carnival barkers. Hillary tossed beanbags at the Krazy Kans booth, while Harvey Keitel led games of ticktacktoe. "All the little kids were so cool," said Wayne's World's Mike Myers, who put in his time at the dunking booth. "I had a blast."