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April 24 2014

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Ping-Pong For Haiti, And Other Adventures In Fashionable Do-Gooding

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Emergency parties, disaster-relief socials—whatever you want to call them, there was no shortage of get-togethers in New York last night designed to raise much-needed money for Haiti’s devastated earthquake victims.

Modelinia and SPiN teamed up to bring paying guests into the trendy Gramercy table tennis club, with proceeds benefiting Friends of the Orphans. “We’re watching it on TV and then we go on with our daily lives. And tonight we’re having fun, but we realize why we’re here—that’s a step,” offered paddle-wielding Doutzen Kroes. Of all the models, the Dutch former speed-skater seemed to have the best game. “I’m just competitive,” she insisted.

Farther downtown, hotelier Jason Pomeranc was overseeing a party at the Thompson LES that he and his team had only started planning Monday. “This situation requires people to move quickly, so everyone’s going outside the norm to do something right,” he said. (Narciso Rodriguez had been quicker than most, holding a benefit at 60 Thompson on Monday night.) And so the likes of Vito Schnabel, Lily Donaldson, and Justin Giunta made their way up to DJ Mark Ronson—whose sister Sam was spinning at a simultaneous fundraiser at Pomeranc’s L.A. property, the Roosevelt—by way of a lobby donation box. The nightlife crowd showing it cares, fashion types paying for drinks? “Like I said,” Pomeranc shrugged, “outside the norm.”

Photo: Retna

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