Backstreet Boy Howie D. raised over $100,000 at his Lupus 2000 benefit held Sunday night at Universal Studios in Orlando.
The event benefited the Lupus Foundation and its ongoing research of the chronic autoimmune disorder which claimed the life of Howie's sister, Caroline Dorough, who died of the disease in 1998.
Howie enlisted the help of his Backstreet buddy A.J. McLean at the benefit, as the two duetted on a cover of the Commodores' "Brick House."
"There's a lot of people that weren't able to come," Howie explained to MTV News. "They've donated some stuff, like Mariah Carey's donating an outfit from one of her videos. I've got a shawl, kind of scarf-ish thing from Shania Twain, and Shaquille O'Neal is giving us one of his shoes, which I'm going to try to stick both of my feet in before I auction it off, and a basketball. I've actually brought some stuff as well, some of
the earlier stuff that we've worn in the Backstreet concerts." [RealVideo]
For the record, Carey kicked in the outfit from her "Heartbreaker" video, while two dinners with Howie D. sold at the auction for $15,500 each.
The very busy Howie D. also jumps into the club business as a co-owner of an Orlando nightspot called Club Tabu which has its grand opening this Thursday night.