Bill Cosby entertains at local benefitAn invitation-only "Evening with Bill Cosby," held March 24 at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, raised more than $400,000 to benefit Sequoia Hospital's Heart & Vascular Institute.
The Sequoia Hospital Foundation hosted a sold-out ballroom of guests who paid $1,000 per plate to attend, according to foundation spokesman Joanie Cavanaugh.
Fifty guests, each of whom paid a premium for the experience, began the evening with a meet-and-greet with Mr. Cosby. They were given copies of the entertainer's new book, "I Didn't Ask to be Born (But I'm Glad I Was)," and an opportunity to pose for pictures with him. Mr. Cosby entertained for more than 90 minutes before closing the evening.
The entertainer donated his performance as an honor to his childhood friend, Sequoia Hospital's Dr. Edward Anderson, a cardiologist with Silicon Valley Cardiology, who grew up in the same neighborhood in Philadelphia as Mr. Cosby.