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Stephen Baldwin hosts a Unik event.

Over 200 supporters of the Edeyo Foundation recently came out for the 3rd annual Edeyo Gives Hope Ball at the historic Liberty Theater in NYC. And who better to host than Hollywood’s most zestful zealot, Stephen Baldwin (I heard whispers that Tom Cruise was their 2nd choice if Baldwin couldn’t clear his schedule).

Founders Unik Ernest and Michael Pradieu established the non-profit 7 years ago with its focus on improving the future of Haitian children through education.

Mr. Baldwin was the perfect host for the evening. At one point, he joked with the audience, “We all have our different challenges, I’m a Baldwin, Let that sink in for a minute.” Seriously dude, you’re friggin Baldwin! The only challenge you should have is how long to pucker during photo ops.

Stephen was lively, enthusiastic, and dressed more like an NBA draft pick than a fundraiser emcee as he showed me his pink pinstripe suite made by a company called Acustom Apparel. I never thought I’d miss that Barney Rubble costume. Of course, I’m joking, I love Stephen, and he looked pretty slick in his custom duds, while I looked like a high school science teacher in my blazer and jeans.

Kicking off the party was a cocktail reception possibly intended to get attendees tipsy enough to bid on a meet and greet with Julia Stiles in Phoenix, her new play, not the city. Special guests included NYC Publicist R. Couri Hay, Nicole DiCocco, Billy Morrissey, Maggie Norris, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (I know, I had to Google some of them too). Following the reception was an award ceremony, seated dinner, and a live auction with other items including courtside seats to the U.S. Open, and a trip to Haiti.

Baldwin had the pleasure of presenting awards to the night’s honorees. Founder of Billy4kids, Bill Lerner, who received the Humanitarian Award. Co-founder Alexson Roy and youth ambassador model, Morgan O’Connor accepted the award on his behalf. Other awards included the Hope Award presented to Jordan Lorrius, the Empowerment Award presented to Modo Yoga NYC’s Rebecca Foon, and the Ambassador Award was presented to Sanford Rubenstein (That dapper attorney in TV commercials). Baldwin received my internal honorary award for longest perpetual squint. He also had my vote for best host.

Grammy Award winners Fabrizio Sotti and Melanie Fiona (More people I had to Google) performed live to close out the event.

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