Indeed, relief was what the day was about as 1,500 guests, including 20 HIV-positive children, descended on media mogul Ken Roberts's Brentwood estate. The event, cosponsored by the Milken Family Foundation and PEOPLE, raised $1.8 million for research. Geena Davis credited the festive mood to the charity's co-founder Elizabeth Glaser, who died of AIDS in 1994 (her widower Paul Michael Glaser is still involved in the organization). "It's her spirit that makes this continue to thrive," said Davis.
That legacy was evident in Hydeia Broadbent, 14. HIV-positive, but healthy for four years, Hydeia hung with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. "Through all the trials and tribulations, I kept her hanging on by telling her there was hope for tomorrow," said her mom, Patricia. "That's the message of today."