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Sarah Jessica Parker, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, Katie Couric, Marisa Tomei, Regis and Joy Philbin and Marlo Thomas ventured to Vera Wang’s Park Avenue apartment last Thursday night to kick off Real Simple’s “Get Organized New York” event, a tag sale in Central Park Oct. 15-17 that will benefit the Fund for Public Schools.

“It seemed like the most sensible thing I’d ever heard of,” said Parker, herself a graduate of the Cincinnati public school system. “There’s no reason that students shouldn’t have the same wonderful experiences I had.”

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Besides donating items from “Sex and the City,” including all of Carrie Bradshaw’s jury duty outfits, a few crystal-encrusted cell phones and a big chair made by Aiden, Parker cleaned out her own house. “You should do the same,” she said.

Tomei arrived empty-handed — Fern Mallis, for instance, gave a set of silverware — but she was planning to do some digging. “My closet needs a cleaning,” Tomei explained. “I’m also interested in what other people brought.”

A few blocks away, the Frick Museum hosted an event for its Young Fellows. Though the clock inched closer and closer to 9 p.m. and the start of the first Bush/Kerry debate, no end to the party was in sight.

“What time do the debates really start?” asked Valesca Guerrand-Hermes.

“It’s not a fashion show or a party,” countered Andrew Saffir. “It starts on time.”