Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen Support Art—Even When They Don’t Win It-------
On Friday night, it was Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen vs. Amy Sacco vs. Mary Alice Stephenson in a bidding war to the finish. The prize: Dan Colen’s One of Everything, a hotly contested lot at Free Arts NYC’s annual benefit auction. It had all the potential for a social throw-down of epic proportions—except that (we like to think, for the cause of party peace) a mysterious fourth bidder ended up taking the cake. Ah, well. The Row designers were hosts as well as bidders for the evening, and drew guests like Hilary Rhoda, Jason Wu, John Varvatos, and even third sister Elizabeth Olsen (namesake of Elizabeth and James). More than a few came away with a new acquisition, like Evan Yurman (whose company, David Yurman, co-sponsored with Vanity Fair) and benefit committee member Stephenson, who snagged a stencil-scrawled photo by Luca Babini. “This is New York, the cultural capital of the world, and 400,000 kids don’t have access to after-school art programs,” she said. The attending culturati did what they could to remedy that: The evening raised $550,000, and the hostesses Olsen donated enough between them to fund two days of after-school programming.
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