The Word of Mouth on Ted Danson's Hawaiian Celeb Bash: It Was a Ball
updated 10/16/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/16/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
On the links, former Chicago Bear and leading rusher Walter Payton continued to break records, nailing the weekend's longest drive of 310 yards. His Brobdingnagian blasts prompted rival Wayne Rogers to sigh to Kris Kristofferson, "Well, we could always go swimming."
The outdoor sports were just a warm-up for the main event, a fund-raising auction of items such as airline tickets and a walk-on role on Cheers. LaToya Jackson tried to go for broke in the bidding on a diamond, emerald and sapphire necklace donated by Harry Winston. Alas, Robert Conrad bagged the bauble for $18,000 (about $500 more than it was worth).
While his guests one-upped each other on and off the playing fields, Danson, who netted about $140,000 for his campaign, remained on the sidelines, explaining, "It would be rude to host an event like this and then win all the awards."