Hatcher, who plays “Susan Mayer” on ABC’s hit show “Desperate Housewives,” was one of the many cast members, celebrities, and fans of the show who gathered on the outdoor set for “A Block Party on Wisteria Lane” to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The first event of its kind on Wisteria Lane – and the first time the set has been open to the public – allowed attendees to enter some of the infamous home facades and sets used on the iconic show. Wisteria Lane is technically “Colonial Street,” which has been used for many motion pictures and television shows since 1946, including So Goes My Love (filmed at what is now the Solis home on DH), “Leave It to Beaver,” Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Partygoers enjoyed a traditional barbecue from StoneFire Grill and Rattlers, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, cocktails and a wine bar, and a shaved ice stand. With artists creating work for auction on the spot, rubbing elbows with some of the Hollywood elite, including Nathan Fillion (“The Castle”), Dana Delaney (“Body of Proof”), Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”), and Housewives’ Felicity Huffman, Vanessa Williams, Marcia Cross, James Denton and Doug Savant, it was certainly more than your average block party!
One of the highlights of the evening was a performance by The Band from TV, comprised of Bob Guiney, James Denton, Jesse Spencer, Adrian Pasdar, Gary Cole, and Scott Grimes, among others, playing crowd pleasers like “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “Walking in Memphis.” Hatcher joined the band for a few songs to perform a few cover songs, which included Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” and Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “I Feel Lucky.” Jorge Garcia of “LOST,” performed the Blues Brothers’ hit, “She Caught the Katy.”
Volvo, a presenting sponsor along with ABC, offered a limited opportunity drawing for attendees to win “The All-New Naughty Volvo S60,” the first Volvo to be dubbed “naughty” – and with the plays and plots that have taken place on the infamous “Wisteria Lane,” there couldn’t have been a more appropriate place to launch the new model. While having a henna tattoo that meant “luck” applied to his arm (another block party activity), the now-henna-tattooed winner was announced.
Initial estimates indicate that more than $125K was raised.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, and 70,000 people worldwide. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. At the helm of the Los Angeles chapter and who made the Block Party fundraiser possible is Judy Ranan, whose husband George Perkins is the executive producer of “Desperate Housewives.”
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