Brown, Klein Feted By Friends In Deed
NEW YORK — Makeup artist Bobbi Brown, chief executive officer of Estee Lauder Cos.-owned Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, was honored Monday night by Friends In Deed, the 14-year-old organization dedicated to supporting those with AIDS and cancer, their caregivers and those dealing with grief and bereavement.

Ross A. Klein, president of W Hotels Worldwide, was also honored during the cocktail party and dinner held at Balthazar.

"They are both profoundly generous human beings in many ways [and] totally in line with Friends In Deed," said Cynthia O'Neal, the organization's president. "They are givers and care about other people."

Organizers pointed to Brown's efforts with Dress for Success; she recently joined the board of the organization, which helps low-income women make transitions into the workforce by providing them with professional attire. Also cited was Brown's involvement with Jane Addams Vocational High School in the Bronx, where, in the past few years, Brown began regularly donating discontinued makeup and magazines from her company to the school's cosmetology program — and supplies like baby formula, diapers and blankets to its day-care center.

"I'm overwhelmed and humbled," Klein said. "When I was thinking about my association with Friends In Deed, [I realized] it's been 12 years. They were there for me 12 years ago and now I'm here for them." Originally, Klein volunteered with Friends In Deed. Then, speaking frankly, he said, "someone close died and I became a client."

Brown, who said she doesn't often talk about it, mentioned a stepbrother who died of AIDS more than a decade ago. "[Friends In Deed] is about people who help people. It's not corporate. They just get into it — doing [services] for people with AIDS and their families."

During a lighter moment in the evening, a magician performed a card trick for Brown, which resulted in the six-of-hearts — with "Bobbi" scrawled on it — stuck to the ceiling of the restaurant. "I already hired him for my kid's bar mitzvah," said Brown, adding, "come into Balthazar, see my card."

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