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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