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What you missed! - 10th Annual New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala

Ashley McDermott, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavosand Nancy Jarecki were on hand at the New Yorkers For Children Tenth Annual Fall Gala which raised over $1.5 Million to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. (Photo Patrick McMullan) See more photos


Fight for Sight - Young Visionaries' "Eye-Opening Socials"
Mon, Oct 12th. 6pm
Hea Lounge
Young Professionals 21-45
Business Casual
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Join Fight for Sight's Young Visionaries at Hea in the East Village for cocktails & an informative presentation on Glaucoma, by Dr. Norman J. Kleiman, PhD, Columbia University. $40 until Oct. 5, $50 afterward. Beer & wine with presentation. RSVP with payment now for a discount! 212-679-6060. Monday, October 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Cupcakes & Cocktails for a Breast Cancer Cure
Tues, Oct 13th. 7:30pm
Young Professionals
Charity Scene presents Cupcakes & Cocktails for a Breast Cancer Cure on Tuesday, Oct 13th at Tenjune. Proceeds benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, on behalf of the American Cancer Society. 1 hour open bar, cupcakes, and a dj spinning all night. Baked by Melissa will be the principal sponsor for cupcakes and Tia Walker will be speaking about her experience as a breast cancer survivor.
Ice Theatre of New York Annual Benefit Gala & Performance
Mon. Oct 26th. 7pm
Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers
Dance & skating fans
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ITNY Gala includes a performance at Sky Rink and star-studded benefit honoring Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Wylie and choreographer Lar Lubovitch, followed by festivities @ The Lighthouse. Olympian Rosalynn Sumners will be MC. Proceeds go to ITNY's Education & Outreach. Tix start @ $350, tables @ $3,000. Info 212-929-5811,
A Celebration of the Music of Frank Loesser
Mon.Oct 26th. 7:30pm
The Minskoff Theatre
The Actors Fund presents Chance and Chemistry: A Celebration of the Music of Frank Loesser. Co-Chairs are Jo Sullivan Loesser and Sir Paul McCartney. Hosted by Annette Bening, Kevin McCollum and Jonathan Tisch. An all-star cast in a one night only concert. All proceeds benefit the programs and services of The Actors Fund.
America Dances! Celebrating Broadway, TV & Film
Mon. Nov 2nd. 7pm
New York City Center
Black tie, dance chic
Performers from Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Dancing with the Stars, Electric Boogaloo's Mr. Wiggles, Melanie LaPatin and Tony Meredith's Dance Times Square, Rock Steady Crew, So You Think You Can Dance, Step UP 3, and The Street Beats Group. Proceeds go to benefit the educational scholarship program at Career Transition For Dancers.

Highlighted Event - Rolex presents America Dances! Celebrating Broadway, TV & Film 

On November 2nd, join artists from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Step Up 3 and more for dinner and a special performance at New York City Center to benefit the educational scholarship program at Career Transition For Dancers. The evening will be honoring Patrick Swayze (1952-2009), Lawrence Herbert, and the The Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.

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Featured Young Philanthropist - Lauren Benanti

2008 Tony Award winner for her role as the unintentional queen of Burlesque, Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, Laura Benanti is currently starring in Lincoln Center's production of In the Next Room. With three Tony nominations already under her belt, Laura is the new "it girl" of Broadway. Whether it is co-starring in productions such as Nine with celebrities like Antonio Banderas, or playing the sheepish innocent Liesl in The Sound of Music, Laura always manages to take time out to of her busy schedule to help charities she feels close to.

Hometown: Kinnelon, NJ
Alma Mater: Life
Occupation: Actress, singer
Relationship Status: Married to Steven Pasquale
Charities You Feel Closest To: Career Transition For Dancers, ASTEP (artists striving to end poverty), Free Arts (for abused children), Amnesty International
Favorite Book of the Moment: The Wisdom of Love (Jacob Needleman)
Favorite Restaurant: Gustorganics (one of the greenest restaurants in the world)
Favorite Bar or Lounge: My living room
Item You Can't Live Without: iPhone
Your Favorite Date Spot: Central Park 
The Perfect Guy is: my husband (usually)
Favorite City: New York! It is the greatest city on earth
Your Favorite Vacation Destination: My Mamoo's house in Fenwick Island, Delaware
Uptown or Downtown Living?: Downtown
Union Square or Central Park?: Central Park
Go-To Designer: Marc Bouwer
Most Dangerous Store: Wink
Favorite Channel/TV show: NatGeo.  Modern Family (yay Jesse!)
Other Hobbies: Cooking & eating :-)
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