Friday, May 24, 2024

Hurricane Sandy’s First Victim: Monday Night A List Gala Featuring Sting


Hurricane Sandy is shutting down New York’s glittering social life for a couple of days. The first casualty: super producer Nile Rodgers’ annual We Are Family Foundation dinner and concert. Rodgers and wife Nancy Hunt were scheduled to salute Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, for their charitable work with the Rainforest Foundation. Needless to say, all the tables were sold out. Sting was supposed to perform with Rodgers and his famed group, Chic. Alas, the event at the Hammerstein Ballroom was postponed last night “until the earliest possible date.” The We Are Family Foundation was born right after September 11, 2001 when Rodgers and Hunt put together a charity single version of his “We Are Family” with Diana Ross, Patti Labelle, and dozens of other stars. The foundation is for racial tolerance, but has also been very effective in building schools in Third World countries.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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