updated 11/09/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/09/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST
Hosted by billionaire oil and real estate tycoon Marvin Davis and his wife, Barbara (their daughter Dana, 30, has diabetes), the event—held for the 13th time in the last 20 years—drew guests as disparate as rapper Coolio and former President Gerald R. Ford, who paid up to $5,000 a plate to hear Celine Dion croon the Titanic love theme. A total of 1,300 revelers snacked on lobster and lamb chops, fortifying themselves for an auction of artwork (including a Stallone original),-puppies and assorted oddities (such as tap-dance lessons from actor Tony Danza). A pair of Chanel diamond earrings went for $7,100 to actress Jennifer Tilly, already groaning under the weight of gems from Harry Winston. "I've passed the $1 million mark in borrowed jewels," she said.
For suitably dazzled actor Greg Kinnear, being surrounded by such star power was as good as it gets: "Hey, I'm just resisting the temptation to go up with my little autograph book and try and nail some of these people."