Models Take Over the Ping-Pong Tables for Haiti

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Imagine this: Julie Henderson, Doutzen Kroes, Hilary Rhoda, and Selita Ebanks surround a Ping-Pong table, battling it out for charity. Last night, that scene came true, as Modelinia hosted a fund-raiser event at SPiN New York for St. Damien Hospital in Haiti. Veronica Webb hosted our Livestream event, and the fashion industry turned out in support—from models to celebrities to designers.

Harvey Weinstein and his lovely Georgina Chapman arrived early in the evening, took over a Ping-Pong table, and challenged Doutzen to a game. We have to say, the girl can hold her own. The pair wasn’t the only one at the table. Judah Friedlander couldn’t wait to start getting his Pong on. He wasn’t playing with models, though, as the idea seemed a bit intimidating. “Yeah, they’re all pretty good-looking girls,” he said. “I don’t know if they’re in my class or my league, but they’re all pretty hot.”

Selita served as one of the many charitable hosts of the evening, as she’s of course been affected by the experience in Haiti as well as recent and previous earthquakes in Cayman. “I am so aware of natural disasters,” said Selita. “In the Cayman Islands, we had Hurricane Ivan. It wasn’t even close to the devastation that has taken place in Haiti, but I know what it is like to have fear in your heart and be scared.”

Toward the end of the night, Susan Sarandon corralled the partygoers and introduced James Lipton, who demanded—and received—complete silence for three whole minutes. During those 180 seconds, he regaled the group with descriptions of the auction items up for bid, encouraging all to go online and place their bids. While the party raged for hours, one thing was certain: The line to enter SPiN was never short as everyone donated funds to Haiti. Almost $20,000 was raised last night, proving that any amount can help. Hilary pointed out the interesting position our generation is in, saying, “I am doing the text messaging donation, which I think was such a great idea, especially for our generation. Everyone is always texting, so it’s perfect. It’s so easy since it’s just added to your cell phone bill.”

If you weren’t able to make it last night, never fear. The auction items are still up for grabs, but only until January 27th at 6 p.m. EST, including a private movie screening, cooking lessons from Sam Talbot, designer dresses and handbags, a signed Sean Avery jersey, and tickets to a Nick Jonas and the Administration concert.

And take a look at our slideshow of images from the evening!

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