THE JIG IS UP: Coco Rocha helped raise over $35,000 at Tuesday’s Artwalk benefit when she kicked up her heels in an Irish jig for donors that opened up their checkbooks for the Coalition for the Homeless. The dancing managed to upstage appeals from co-hosts Alec Baldwin, Richard Gere and Carey Lowell for the organization, which eventually raised over $839,000 from the evening, which was sponsored by Fendi. Artwork from Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer and Kim McCarty, among others, were auctioned off during the evening. “This is a time of extraordinary need. In a world and economy where people are thinking about themselves, it’s hard to think of other people,” said Gere, before introducing Shepard Fairey, who presented an “Artist as Activist” print as part of a program created by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Fairey, who got his start as a graffiti artists, noted, “I had no idea how things were going to unfold for me. I probably would have more likely been saying ‘Would you like fries with that,’ than ‘Thank you Richard Gere.’”

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