Model Citizen: Jason Wu Hosts The Young Friends Of ACRIA Gala

by The Daily Front Row

(NEW YORK) Jason Wu knows how to lure in the beautiful peopleand last night’s event at The Glass Houses in Chelsea was full of all of his gorgeous gals. Wu hosted his first fundraising dinner for the Young Friends of ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America), a 20-year-old organization that helps raise funds for HIV health education and therapies, while getting information and aid to those affected by the disease and virus. Serving alongside Wu on the YFA (ACRIA’s youth-oriented branch) are Kate Young, Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea, Gillian Hearst Simmons, Casey Fremont Crowe, and Dana Lorenz.

Glamming up the event were a bevy of beauties like models Liu Wen, Ji Hye Park, Tati Cotliar, Martha Hunt, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Daria Strokous, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Maddison Brown, Polina Proshkina, and Meghan Collison. In fact, there were so many models in attendance they nearly took up the entire center banquet table in the dining room, with the exception of one megawatt beauty, Diane Kruger. She came dressed in a pale peach strapless Jason Wu dress with an A-line skirt fell just above the ankles and her gold locks were pulled back for a fresh, summery vibe. But Kruger said she wasn’t going to get too much summer fun in, as she’s filming through August, but told us she’s managing to work in one European jaunt. “I think I’m going to Italy after I wrap up work mid-August and I’m planning a big July 4th barbeque at my house in LA, so that will be fun.” Can we come?

Also in attendance? Plenty of the style set’s superstars like Giovanna Battaglia, Michelle Harper, Jenny Shimizu, Zanna Roberts Rassi, Anya Ziourova, Lisa Perry, and Mickey Boardman. Meanwhile, Wu stood up during dinner alongside ACRIA director, Benjamin Bashein to thank the crowd for coming. “I really want to thank everybody for helping us make the first soiree a success and we really hope to be able to carry it on and on and on and on until they move me to the big boys’ table,” joked Wu. And he didn’t leave out his team: “I really want to thank Ben and Liz and Anne from my team to really like put this in shape and dealing with my diva demands, which is a lot,” said Wu. “This is a beautiful crowd and a beautiful night and I hope you all have a great time.” Beautiful, indeed.

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