"Flashing Lights" is a song by American hip-hop artist Kanye West.
It features Detroit R&B singer Dwele and contains background vocals from Australian singer Connie Mitchell.
But we couldn't help wondering how many more dollars might have been raised in pre-recession years.
There were ample indications that times have been tough on the philanthropic set.
Petersburg (Russia, we think), acted as something of a talent wrangler for the event—he'd gotten the singer Ciara__to come, he said as he pulled us over to attempt an introduction to__Sessilee Lopez, onetime Kanye West girlfriend and, more recently, Pageant Barbie in the 50th-anniversary runway show for the iconic doll. On the stage was Aurora Prado Perez, a darling Nicaraguan girl whose cleft palate had been repaired by Operation Smile.
Living up to her name, she was something of a Disney princess for the evening, showing off her pretty grin, dark ringlets, and glitter-coated Mary Janes to every guest who was interested. Finally, embracing moderation, we slipped our formally clad selves onto the subway, up to Marie's Crisis for one last round and a rendition of "The Ladies Who Lunch." Here's to the girls who just watch ...
Except for the steam machine pumping incandescent clouds into the dining room, the aura was one of restraint.
Beets and green beans for appetizers; austere candelabra centerpieces in place of flowers.
and Vanessa Trump, Andrew and Anne Tisch, Gillian Hearst Simonds and Christian Simonds, and Hayley Bloomingdale. C.'d the crowd through a children's-choir performance, handing the mic over to Lacey Tisch, whose work for Op-Smile was inspired by her own experience as a child with a cleft palate.
Pistons superstar John Salley's wisecracks got plenty of hands up in the air during an auction, raising thousands of dollars to support the surgeries.
One partygoer who was short on cash caused quite a scene when he skipped away from his taxi without paying the full fare.
The enraged driver threw his car into park beside the red carpet and commenced yelling until a sympathetic bouncer slipped him the missing bucks.
The song appeared in one episode of the MTV series My Life as Liz.