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Do-Gooders Dodge Bad Weather to Support a Pair of Worthy Causes

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The thought of staying home is rarely sweeter than during a bitter snowstorm. But many revelers braved last night's slush to attend the 18th Artwalk NY charity auction in Soho for precisely that reason: The event benefits New York City's Coalition for the Homeless. "Last week's hurricane gave many of us a closer look at what it would be like not to have a warm home to go to, or worry about when our next meal or shower would be, or where our children would sleep," said artist Jack Pierson, one of the evening's honorees.

The auction, which featured donated works by artists such as Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Jenny Holzer, and Ed Ruscha, turned out to be the most profitable fundraiser in Artwalk's history. The evening's co-chair and host, Coco Rocha, didn't repeat the Irish dance performance she gave at last year's event, but she charmed (and in a few cases, bullied) a $5,000 donation from each one of the eight rows in the audience. "I'm truly committed to the work that this organization does, and especially to their efforts that support children," she said. She doesn't only participate in the fundraiser; she also spends time distributing food and clothing out in the field.

Meanwhile in Chelsea, Housing Works was having their annual Fashion for Action shopping fundraiser at the Altman Building, to support their mission to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS. The auction here included art of the sartorial variety—pieces by Calvin Klein Collection, Chanel, Fendi, and Tory Burch. "If you buy ten things, I'll go home with you!" announced Patricia Clarkson, who has been involved with the event for five years. She herself was stationed at the DVF stand, and proudly showed off her acquisition from last year: a Valentino purse. She'd meant it for her mother, but in the end she kept it for herself.

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