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On Tuesday, April 23rd, The African Rainforest Conservancy celebrated Earth week with their 22nd Annual Artists for Africa gala at The Bowery Hotel. Over 200 guests donned their best version of “Out of Africa chic” to attend the VIP dinner and cocktail afterparty including Lauren Hutton, Maria Bello, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Whitney Larkin, and Carter Coleman among others.

Cassandra Seidenfeld, Renee Adrienne Smith== AFRICAN RAINFOREST CONSERVANCY's 22nd Annual ARTISTS FOR AFRICA Benefit== The Bowery Hotel, NYC== April 23, 2013== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo-JONATHON ZIEGLER/PatrickMcMullan.com== ==  Lauren Hutton, Carter Coleman, Whitney Larkin== AFRICAN RAINFOREST CONSERVANCY's 22nd Annual ARTISTS FOR AFRICA Benefit== The Bowery Hotel, NYC== April 23, 2013== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo-JONATHON ZIEGLER/PatrickMcMullan.com== ==  Dustin Yellin, Gerald Forster, Peter Augustin== AFRICAN RAINFOREST CONSERVANCY's 22nd Annual ARTISTS FOR AFRICA Benefit== The Bowery Hotel, NYC== April 23, 2013== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo-JONATHON ZIEGLER/PatrickMcMullan.com== ==

Emcee and lauded fashion designer Nicole Miller took the stage following a posh caviar and champagne reception to present Thomas J. McGrath with the Lifetime Achievement award. On behalf of the Kingdom of Norway, Hanz Brattskar accepted the New Species award for their global conservatory and exploratory efforts.

Hans Brattskar, Lauren Hutton, Nicole Miller== AFRICAN RAINFOREST CONSERVANCY's 22nd Annual ARTISTS FOR AFRICA Benefit== The Bowery Hotel, NYC== April 23, 2013== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo-JONATHON ZIEGLER/PatrickMcMullan.com== ==  African Rainforest Conservancy (3)

A live auction of great trips and prize packages by Phillips auctioneer CK Swett ended the lavish dinner, and the fundraising continued into the afterparty with silent auctions for the many pieces of art on display. Most of the art included paintings and photographs, with some sculpture and unique African-inspired pieces as well.

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The afterparty was lively and featured a traditional African dance and bongo drums performance. DJ Leslie Kirchoff kept the crowd entertained well into the evening. With such a great top-shelf open bar featuring bespoke cocktails, and dainty desserts being passed around, the only faux-pas of the evening was a small sculpture being knocked to the floor by a clutzy teenager.

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Happy Conserving,

Jenicka

Photos by Jonathan Ziegler/ PatrickMcMullan.com and by Socially Superlative

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