NEW YORK — The phrase "do something" may conjure visions of Britney, but on Tuesday night at the swank restaurant/club Capitale, stars and celebrities gathered for a higher purpose bearing that name: the Do Something BRICK Awards.
Dubbed "the Oscars of the youth-service awards" by CNN, the annual awards honor young people for service in three areas — community-building, health and the environment — and are presented by Do Something, a community-service-and-action organization co-founded by "Melrose Place" alum Andrew Shue (the "BRICK" in the awards' name signifies building blocks of a community).
Tina Fey from "Saturday Night Live" was on hand to host the event, which awarded $5,000 and $10,000 grants and scholarships to nine young people. Honorees ranged from 16-year-old Welland Burnside of South Carolina, who helped found the Suitcases for Kids program for foster children after he saw them using garbage bags as luggage; to Daniel Kent, also 16, of Indiana, who started a not-for-profit organization to help teach computer literacy to senior citizens in 61 independent or assisted-living facilities.
Fey, who will begin writing another film this summer once "SNL" is on hiatus, said she didn't do much volunteer work in her youth — "I was in charge of recycling and stuff like that, all we had back then was Live Aid and Hands Across America" — but her reason for being at the awards show was simple. "Andrew Shue called and asked if I was interested, and I was a big 'Melrose Place' fan and I wanted to meet him," she laughed. "No — it's just pure good, so how could you say no?"
Seen milling about in Capitale's upstairs VIP area were Tony Danza, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito and "Crossfire" 's Tucker Carlson. However, the casual air was whipped into a froth when former President Bill Clinton entered the room. He posed for photos and chatted with guests while making a 20-minute circuit of the room before heading to the kitchen exit to prepare for his special presentation later in the evening (he introduced Jeff Arnold, a member of Do Something's board of directors).
The evening also featured a performance from Toby Lightman, who showcased some material from her next album, and a silent auction of items including a signed "Sopranos" poster, three limited-edition U2 iPods, a "Gilmore Girls" script signed by Lauren Graham, a lunch with Victoria Gotti at the power-restaurant Michael's, and a November 2003 Glamour magazine, glossy photo and CD signed by Britney Spears.