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When John Varvatos attaches his name to something, you can expect plenty of rock stars and sartorially savvy dudes to be involved. Such was the case Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles with the 12th annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit held at the intersection of Melrose Ave. and Robertson Blvd., outside the menswear designer’s boutique.
Designed to support the Stuart House program at UCLA’s Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica (close to $1 million was raised), the outdoor charity affair drew 1,500 attendees of all ages. Guests including Kate Walsh, David Schwimmer, Ben McKenzie and Ray Romano turned out for the family-friendly street festival, which included a live auction followed by a lively performance by Ziggy Marley.
“I’ve been to this event four or five times,” said LL Cool J, who wore John Varvatos for the occasion. “I just believe in supporting charities that help kids. As a child I went through rough periods,” he admitted. Honorary chair Chris Pine arrived moments before taking the stage to speak passionately about the organization, while Rachel Zoe along with hubby Rodger Berman and their two sons, Skyler and Kaius Jagger, made a beeline for the carnival-themed kids tent. It also was a family affair for the Cyrus brood, with Billy Ray Cyrus and wife Tish showing their support, along with daughter Noah (Miley was nowhere in sight).
“Stuart House is a safe house for a lot of folks that need hope and trust,” said Billy Ray, adding, “John Varvatos is a great humanitarian, not to mention the definition of cool.”
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