Doug Wilson, Glenn Hendricks,
Yvonne Ervin

Gina Quattrochi, Ana Lenes, Dean Labate

Jeff Branson and Michael Corbett

Lively Auction Supports
New Yorkers With AIDS

Story by Edward Callaghan
Photos by Barry Gordin

TARS of stage and screen, fashion designers and over 600 big-hearted New Yorkers dug deep in their pockets at the18th annual Open Your Heart auction gala at New York’s Puck Building to benefit Bailey House, the nation’s first provider of supportive housing for people with HIV/AIDS.

Event co-chairs Marc Levine and Jimmy Markee created a lively event with over 300 lots of tempting treasures, a sumptuous buffet, mucho cocktails (thanks to Castle Brands and Boru Vodka) and dozens of celebs and probably one of the best looking crowds in town.

The honorary chairmen – most of whom were shopping up a storm as well – included All My Children stars Jeff Branson, Thorsten Kaye and Susan Lucci, Natasha Richardson, Susan Sarandon, Michael Corbett, Bruce Sloane, Yvonne Ervin, Dean Labate, Jed Root, Paul Solberg, Solgar CEO Rand Skolnick and Jesse L. Martin of Law & Order fame.

Among those attending were State Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, Trading Spaces star Doug Wilson, Queer Eye’s Carson Kressley (his offering of a day horseback riding in the country with lunch at his home was a hotly contested live auction item) and InStyle’s Tim Allis.

As in previous years Mac Viva Glam was a principal sponsor joined this year by Solgar Vitamins, Jed Root Inc., InStyle Magazine, Walt Disney Company and Castle Brands. Everyone’s favorite weather guy Sam Champion, a fervent supporter, pitched several big-ticket auction items.

"All of the money will help the thousands of homeless people in New York City who are struggling with HIV/AIDS," said Gina Quattrochi, CEO of Bailey House.

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