Sweet Charity

Monday, March 5, 2012

Steve and Wendy Madden, Cory Kennedy, Genevieve Jones, model Jessica White, and celebrity stylist Derek Warburton were just a few of the fashion and social notables who made their way to the Metropolitan Pavilion on Thursday night to join The Doe Fund’s President George McDonald in support of the charity’s first annual Sweet: New York fundraiser.

Upon arrival, the glamorous guests were greeted with an impressive array of desserts and savory delicacies by renowned chefs and pastry artists from Pescatore, Tao, Godiva, and Baked by Melissa, to name a few.  Madison Cowan – the first ever Grand Champion of Food Network’s Chopped and the star of BBC America’s No Kitchen Required – made a special appearance and dazzled the crowd with his own sweet and savory creations.  In between the scrumptious tastings, guests bid on donated items from the likes of DKNY, Coach, Steve Madden, and Betsey Johnson and prints from famed photographers Terence Koh, Albert Cheung and Rick Bolen.

And the music proved to be as eclectic as the food and the art.  DJ Chelsea Leyland took over the music reigns for the evening, playing a mixture of genres – “indie, rock, reggae, because there’s a diverse crowd here,” she explained to AVENUEinsider.  More in demand than ever, Leyland has several upcoming gigs this spring, but first, she is off to Mexico for what we can only assume is a much needed vacation.

This was also Leyland’s first event for The Doe Fund, a $50 million organization that helps 1,000 people every day better their circumstances through job placement; transitional and permanent housing; and social and educational services – all paving the way towards eventual self-sufficiency.  You’re probably more than familiar with the “men in blue” of the organization’s signature program, Ready, Willing & Able, who can be seen cleaning 150 miles of New York City streets every day –  rain, shine, or snow.  All once incarcerated or homeless, these “men” complete the program with full time, permanent employment, apartments of their own, and their sobriety. Sweet, indeed.


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