Clinton clan surprises crowd with appearance
Jerry Seinfeld, Suzanne Vega, Ingrid Michaelson and Stevie Wonder were among the featured performers at the April 4 fundraiser honoring lobbyist Lizzie Robbins and benefiting Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network.
Co-hosted by Harvey Weinstein and Joanne Woodward, the swanky affair at Chelsea Piers began with a cocktail party overlooking the Hudson River and ended with a performance by Wonder while guests danced in a conga line that snaked around the room.
Jimmy Buffet congratulated Robbins via satellite before Sen. Chris Dodd took the stage.
“I am a recovering U.S. State Senator,” Dodd said a delighted aud that included Tony Bennett, John McEnroe and Melanie Griffith.
Seinfeld, sporting a buzz cut, entertained with a stand-up comedy routine that included talk of Pop-Tarts, shredded wheat, frozen orange juice and cream of wheat. “Nowadays they have five-hour energy drinks. Five hours is a weird amount of time. Who is working one to six? If you need five hours of energy, just go to bed,” said Seinfeld.
Chelsea, Hillary and Bill Clinton surprised the crowd with their appearance. They were on hand to present an award to Robbins.
“One of my earliest memories is of visiting Lizzie on Long Island with my parents,” said Chelsea. “At the beach, Lizzie encouraged me to run and throw sand, things my parents may not have been so thrilled about.”
Jimmy Fallon and Mayor Michael Bloomberg also made brief appearances on stage.
“I am taking on a show that will air on NBC before Jimmy’s after I leave office in 271 days,” joked the mayor. “My sax player was here before. He was sitting next to Hillary Clinton.”