July 26, 1993 12:00 PM

WHEN SUMMER HITS HOLLYWOOD, HOLLYWOOD hits the beach. Or more specifically, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Tori Spelling, Nicollette Sheridan and even TV tool-guy Bob Vila took to the sand in front of the hotel on July 10 for the Honda del Sol Pro/Celebrity Volleyball Challenge that drew in $25,000 for the American Oceans Campaign. Alas, the celebs seemed more familiar with grosses than nets. “I’ve never played [volleyball] outside of P.E. in high school,” said Spelling. (Her team lost.)

The next night the action was in the hotel ballroom, as the sixth annual Cool Comedy-Hot Cuisine gala raked in more than $200,000 for the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Lily Tomlin kept the celeb crowd laughing, while Full House star Bob Saget—whose sister Gay suffers from the autoimmune disease—emceed a high-spirited auction during which John Candy plunked down $8,200 for a sports package (including a trip to next year’s Super Bowl) and onetime China Beach-er Dana Delany paid $8,300 for two tickets to Paris and a Paloma Picasso bag. Surrounded by platters of hip California cuisine from L.A.’s City restaurant, Delany chirped, “This is probably the most fun benefit I’ve ever been to.”

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