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Post-Fashion Week, Fall Gala Season Begins With New Yorkers for Children's Annual Fête

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September fashion week is over in New York; cue fall gala season. So despite a tornado watch and President Obama's visit causing a bit of a traffic nightmare throughout the city, a mix of models and uptown socials made it to Cipriani 42st Street last night for the annual New Yorkers for Children fall benefit. "I'm so tired from all of it," said Hilary Rhoda, encircled by Dannijo designers Danielle and Jodie Snyder. "But we did go to spin class at 7 a.m. today, which I think is impressive. You just have to get back at it!"

Exhausted as they might have been post-fashion week, the group got back at it for a good cause: supporting kids in NYC foster care. NFL Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck, one of the evening's honorees (along with Estée Lauder's John Demsey), took the mike—after adjusting it for his 6' 5" frame, to laughs—to recall how he'd first gotten involved. "A lot of times you go to these events and try your best to engage with the people there, and when you leave you feel touched, but the day goes on," he explained to the crowd. "This was a little different for me and my wife after we sat down at the tables with kids ages 5 to 18 and had a conversation about their struggles. It became something I really wanted to be a part of." (Everyone in attendance ended up doing their part; the evening's auction raised $1.35 million.)

"Tonight really gives you some perspective," added Dani Stahl between speeches by the children in the program. "And I thought I had problems earlier because the dress I wanted to wear tonight didn't come in time and my Instagrams weren't working—what a reality check."

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