The 6th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit was an incredible success raising an incredible $450,000 for the organization. The event took place at the John Varvatos boutique on Sunday, March 9th, and it was hosted by Cindy Crawford & Rande Gerber. Attendees included music guests Cheap Trick and celebrity guests Casey Affleck, Justin & Keisha Chambers, Angie Harmon, Elisabeth Rohm, Jeremy Piven, Brendan Fraser, Michael Urie, Melina Kanakaredes, Danielle Panabaker, Dylan McDermott, Paul Reiser, Tracy Edmonds, Joely Fisher, Alice Cooper, Jeff Garland, and Nia Vardalos.
All came out to enjoy an afternoon of fun-filled family activities such as customizing kids’ Converse, creating Rock Star Build-a-Bears, and the always-popular celebrity storytelling. Justin Chambers arrived book-in-hand ready to entertain the throng of kids circled around. Michael Urie, Angie Harmon, Elisabeth Rohm, and Danielle Panabaker also lent their talents during story time. Chambers, Crawford, and Harmon later spent time helping their kids personally design a pair of Converse.
Outside of the kids’ corner, the adults were also having fun. Guests shopped in the John Varvatos boutique, bid on fantastic silent auction items and gave as big as their hearts during the live auction. Oscar nominee Casey Affleck kicked-off the program by introducing John Varvatos. Auctioneer Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, wife of funnyman Will Ferrell, lead the live auction with the help of NY Giants owner Steve Tisch and Heather Thomas Brittenham. Cindy Crawford & Rande Gerber generously purchased a 2008 Holiday Party for Stuart House, which involves the couple sponsoring a memorable holiday get-together for the children and families served by Stuart House.
The highlight of the day, however, had to be the massive performance by rock legends Cheap Trick. With the band decked-out in John Varvatos, Cheap Trick kept the crowd on their feet during the 45-minute set including their many hits such as “I Want You to Want to Want Me.” Guests’ jaws dropped when surprise guests Alice Cooper and Wayne Kramer of MC5 joined the band on stage to close out the stellar performance.