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Martha Stewart has a special connection to Justin Beiber. “I’ve always been a fan. I just want him to grow up.”

Stewart was standing by Beiber’s autographed guitar he donated for the silent auction at the gala Wednesday night raising nearly $500,000 to benefit the Martha Stewart Center for Living for geriatric care at Mount Sinai Hospital. The guitar wasn’t sold at the event, held at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia headquarters for 250 guests. But on Thursday, Stewart was tweeting to drum up interest. Those honored at the event were Al Gindi and the late Samuel “Sonny” Gindi, the founders of Century 21 off-price chain, as well as Betsey Gotbaum, the late Victor Gotbaum and Hester Diamond. “We believe in living life to the fullest and maintaining a great quality of life right to the end,” said Isaac Gindi, partner in Century 21 and Samuel’s son.

“The Martha Stewart Center for Living helps people achieve this.”