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Child's Play

The social set has a good time for a good cause at the annual New Yorkers for Children gala

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New York fashion week is over, but it didn't take long for the parties to wind back up again. After taking the weekend to recover from the endless slew of events and runway shows, the fashion set pulled out its gowns and tuxedos for the first benefit of the fall season last night, the 14th annual New Yorkers for Children gala.

"You do have to relax after the craziness and you hear everyone complaining fashion week was difficult, but it was a fabulous time," said model Crystal Renn as she made her way inside Cipriani 42nd Street. Renn admitted she was nursing a cold after the busy week, but she wouldn't have missed last night's black-tie affair, a New York institution celebrating and supporting youth in foster care. "This is the one gala of the year that you always look forward to—it's the perfect evening," she added.

Gayle King, who was standing nearby, was just as excited about another marker of fall: football season. "Basketball is my favorite sport, but I just love watching football," she said after catching up with Giants star Justin Tuck. "They had a great game last week even though it didn't go our way, but with the two Manning brothers, it was great."

Once guests, including New Yorkers for Children founder (and honoree of the night) Nicholas Scoppetta, Veronica Webb, Selita Ebanks, and Hugh Jackman, took their seats at the dinner tables, Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the speeches and fundraising portion of the event. "Cipriani has a reputation for its glitter and glamorous clientele, and that's certainly true tonight," he said as he surveyed the crowd. "Who would have thought, two people here at the same time—Hugh Jackman and Mike Bloomberg. What a night!" He might have added Common to that list. The rapper performed to close out the evening.

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