Village Academies/Esquire Event

We attended a fundraiser for Lisa’s work last night, hon­or­ing Bill Cosby and oth­ers. It was held in Esquire’s swank Esquire North pent­house on Cen­tral Park North, and the mag­a­zine is also fea­tur­ing Vil­lage Acad­e­mies founder Deb­o­rah Kenny in this month’s issue:

In six years, Kenny’s vision has grown into a trio of char­ter schools under the rubric of Vil­lage Acad­e­mies, located in New York precincts where a mus­cu­lar poverty has thrived for gen­er­a­tions. The num­bers alone tell a com­pelling story. Locally, pass­ing rates for seventh-grade math hover around 30 per­cent. At HVA, the rate is a stun­ning 96 percent.

Cast mem­bers from Gos­sip Girl showed up, and Tyler Hilton played a few songs, (who played Elvis in Walk the Line Johnny Cash movie).

midtown office + loved ones

At least the ladies look good – Matt and I have taken bet­ter pictures.

More pho­tos below the fold.

We were caught upstairs when Bill Cosby took the stage, so we watched from a monitor:

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Dan Humphrey, err Penn Bad­g­ley, from Gos­sip Girl. Ser­ena van der Wood­sen (a.k.a Blake Lively) was also there, and I had to keep remind­ing myself that she was born in 1987:

“Dan Humphrey” from Gossip Girl

Penn Bad­g­ley from Gos­sip Girl.

From Central Park North

iPhone FAIL. The view was stel­lar look­ing south over the park.

Tyler Hilton did a pretty good cover of Dylan’s It Ain’t Me Babe, and the girls were swooning:

Tyler Hilton

Tyler Hilton from One Tree Hill.

There are also some wire images of the celebri­ties attending:

UPDATE: Here is video of some of the celebri­ties in atten­dance, talk­ing about Vil­lage Academies:

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