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Matthew Perry Hosts Lili Claire Gala

The Lili Claire Foundation is a little richer this week, thanks to Matthew Perry, Charlie Sheen and some of TV's biggest stars.

As he has done in past years, Perry, the star of the new NBC drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," hosted the foundation's 9th annual dinner and auction on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. He got some help this year from co-stars Amanda Peet and Sarah Paulson.

Also taking to the stage at the event were Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer, the co-stars of the CBS hit "Two And A Half Men."

Record producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri was given the foundation's "Music of the Heart" award. He was accompanied by his long-time girlfriend, Janet Jackson.

Producers Kim and Eric Tannenbaum received the "Spirit of Leadership" award. They are executive producers of "Two and A Half Men."

The benefit dinner was prepared by Food Network celebrity chef, Tyler Florence.

The annual event raises funds for Lili Claire Family Resource Center at UCLA, which provides services and resources for families of children with Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome, autism and other neurological disorders.

The organization was founded by Keith and Leslie Litt-Resnick, whose daughter, Lili Claire, suffered from Williams Syndrome. Serving on the board of directors are Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette, Anthony Edwards, Patricia Heaton, Melina Kanakaredes, Lisa Kudrow, Bradley Whitford, and Jane Kaczmarek.

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