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Marc Raboy, Luci Arnaz and
Jon Giswold

Steven Leon and Larry Scott

John Demsey, Regina Quattrochi
and Todd Oldham

New York Opens Its Heart
For AIDS Service Program

Story by Edward T. Callaghan
Photos by Rob Rich

CTRESS Lucie Arnaz, designer Todd Oldham, Thom Filicia from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, fitness guru Jon Giswold and Channel 7 weatherman Sam Champion joined New Yorkers at the 16th annual Open Your Heart charity auction. The fundraiser benefits Bailey House, New York’s oldest AIDS housing project.

More than 600 guests were on hand to bid on the thousands of items gathered by a truly stellar committee and volunteers including fantasy vacations to the Mayan Riviera, La Isla Bonita, Vueques, and a week’s stay in Cliveden Castle on the River Thames, and a trip to Rio and a stay at the 5-star Pestana Rio Atlantica, donated by Prideworld Travel.

Jeweler Anthony Nak, whose creations grace such red-carpet glamour gals as Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cameron Diaz, donated some fabulous BLING-BLING – gray sapphire, lemon citrine and blue beryl chandelier earrings that would put Nicole Kidman into a swoon.

Co-chair Jon Giswold, Hamptons realtor Marc Raboy and Lucie Arnaz in a shimmering red silk trouser suit greeted old friends at the entrance to the main live auction room including Barry Gordin, Miss USA Susie Castillo, Robbie Browne and Vincent Minuto (his Hamptonsdomestics Co. staffs all the big, and we mean big, houses and yachts in the Hamptons and Palm Beach).

There was plenty of scrumptious food thanks to eventeur extraordinaire Larry Scott of Laurence Scott Events. Scott, a major supporter of Bailey House, donated all the food and décor for the massive event. Captain Steve Leon raced around the rooms making sure that everyone had a plate and drink in their hands.

MAC Cosmetics, another long-term supporter, kicked up the evening’s tally with a whopping $50,000 donation!

Bailey House executive-director Regina Quattrochi was ecstatic with the turnout.

“The money raised at this event will help provide housing and crucial support services like job training for many former homeless people living with HIV/AIDS in New York City,” she said. “With public support for organizations like Bailey House dwindling, help from the private sector is critical.”

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