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It’s a rare event that brings comedians, actresses, reality stars, and local families together on a weekday afternoon. But The 2012 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash did just that yesterday in the Central Park Victorian Gardens.
The Baby Buggy charity started in 2001, spearheaded by Jessica Seinfeld, wife of comedian/actor Jerry Seinfeld, with the goal of providing families in need with all the essentials to raise infants and children.
Yesterday’s event to help raise proceeds for Baby Buggy had carnival rides, arts and crafts, balloon animals, face painting and more! Kids ran happily throughout the bash and parents seemed grateful to not only be having a fun family day but also to be supporting the deserving charity.
Rosie Pope, star of Bravo TV’s “Pregnant in Heels” and owner of Rosie Pope Maternity stores, explained why she wants to give back: “…being a mom is hard enough, I can’t imagine how hard it is to be a mom without access to what you need to take care of your children. Baby Buggy does an amazing job getting them these things.”
And Pope is no stranger to Manhattan’s most beautiful greenery. “In the summer [we enjoy] going to Central Park. We pack a picnic, head to the meadows, and grab a soccer ball. [The kids] can run pretty far in the park”.
A new mom for the third time, Pope gave birth only three weeks ago, making date night with her husband much harder to plan. “I can’t drink because I’m breastfeeding so we just signed up for SoulCycle because it’s dark and the music’s pumping,” she says. “Every Thursday night we’ll be spinning!”
Mariska Hargitay was also there to support the event with her family in tow. As was Tiffani Theissan, who became involved with the charity after her daughter was born.
Baby Buggy’s motto is “Love Recycled”, and to date they’ve donated over 5.5 million items to families across the nation. They accept donations of gently used items, money and time to help make their mission a reality.
Taking in yesterday’s successful Bedtime Bash, Jessica Seinfeld was amazed with the generosity that participants had shown. “We raised over $400,000 in a little afternoon event,” she commented.
When asked to describe how she felt about the event, she replied, “Proud. I’m so proud of the people in NYC for embracing this Baby Buggy idea.”