Hollywood Helps a Brave Couple Raise Money for Children Dying of AIDS

updated 11/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

On the surface it seemed like just another Hollywood premiere, with klieg lights, limos, the crush of paparazzi and a parade of celebrities. But the stars who showed up at Mann's Chinese Theatre to see Glenn Close and James Woods in Immediate Family and to attend a party at the Hollywood Paladium didn't come just for the glitter. They each paid $250 a ticket—raising $250,000—to help the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Dedicated to providing research to help children with AIDS, the organization was founded in 1988 by Elizabeth Glaser, wife of actor-turned-director Paul Michael Glaser from TV's Starsky and Hutch.

Co-hosting the party were Columbia Pictures president Dawn Steel and the Glasers, who lost their 7-year-old daughter, Ariel, to AIDS last year. Elizabeth, who contracted the AIDS virus from a blood transfusion following her daughter's birth, unwittingly passed it to Ariel during breast-feeding. Elizabeth remains HIV-positive, as does her 5-year-old son, Jake. Only Paul Michael has tested negative.

The Glasers are gratified by the response of their peers, which they call tremendous. "This is our community," said Elizabeth, referring to such guests as Close, Richard Dreyfuss and the other half of the Starsky and Hutch team, David Soul. "Paul and I have shared our personal life in part so we could establish the foundation and raise the necessary funds for research. People have to understand that AIDS affects children differently than adults. This evening will help get things started."

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