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Idina Menzel, Claire Danes honored for charity work

Variety magazine feted Idina Menzel, Iman, Claire Danes, and others Friday for their “Power of Women: New York” issue — not for how much power they have, but how they wield it for good.

The women, along with Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, and A&E President and CEO Nancy Dubac, were honored for their charitable work at a luncheon at ritzy Cipriani in Manhattan. It was hosted by designer Zac Posen and featured Katie Couric, Gayle King, Josh Groban, and others paying tribute.

“The fact that we’re here means we are really lucky…so why do this?” said Sarandon after she was given an award for her support of the group Hope North, which provides an education for Ugandan children of war. “It feels really good to know you have done something.” READ FULL STORY

Oprah Winfrey raises $600,000 for charity with yard sale

Oprah Winfrey has raised more than $600,000 for charity with a yard sale — and, as the Los Angeles Times reported, she still has 250 lots up for sale.

One of the top items from her home was a set of six embroidered 18th-century armchairs that went for $60,000, nearly 10 percent of the money raised so far. A combination of in-person bids at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and online bids boosted some items to more than 10 times their estimated value.

All proceeds from the yard sale will go to Winfrey’s girls leadership academy in South Africa.

Billy Crystal brings $1M to Hurricane Sandy-damaged NY beach town

Billy Crystal has helped raise $1 million to rebuild his native beach town on New York’s Long Island hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy.

The City Slickers and When Harry Met Sally star announced the gift to the city of Long Beach on Saturday, while standing on a newly installed patch of the town’s boardwalk.

Newsday reports $112,000 of the gift will come from Crystal’s family. The $888,000 is coming from money he helped raise at the annual Celebrity Fight Night fundraiser in March, an event that raises money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities.

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