While The Box isn’t generally considered a hot bed of moral rectitude, even the ‘hood’s notoriously stringent Community Board 3 would be hard pressed to find fault with the charity benefit held there on Monday evening.
A well-behaved crowd including Piper Perabo, Damian Loeb, Leelee Sobieski and Fiona Scarry sat for a civilized dinner in honor of “Only Make Believe,” an organization aimed at helping terminally ill children founded by owner Simon Hammerstein’s mum Dena.
Mike Myers, a Hammerstein family friend, served as the evening’s host, but even he couldn’t ignore the elephant in the room. “The last time I saw Simon get behind something like [“Only Make Believe”] it was in the back of a bus with an adult film crew,” the comedian joked to the crowd.
The goody-two-shoes act didn’t last for long. By the stroke of eleven, raunchy club regular Raven-O and a clique of scantily clad backup dancers had taken the stage before headliner Alan Cumming performed a saucy cabaret act — much to the crowd’s delight.