Susan Sarandon, Patti Smith And Def Jam Execs Host Haiti Benefits In NYC

From sneaker drives to rock shows, the city's celebrities are raising funds for earthquake relief.

All over New York City Wednesday night, actors, DJs, musicians, athletes and other celebrities took part in events collecting money and other donations to help Haiti recover from last week’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

Actress Susan Sarandon was joined by designer Rachel Roy, model Selita Ebanks and “30 Rock” funnyman Judah Friedlander, among others, at Manhattan’s SPiN New York ping pong club. Artists for Peace and Justice co-sponsored the event with Modelinia, and all of its donations and auction proceeds are going to the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund.

Nearby in Midtown, writer and MTV “Real World” alum Kevin Powell was joined by executives from Bad Boy and Def Jam records for the Hearts 4 Haiti clothing and food drive at Arena. DJ Clue, D-Nice, Mick Boogie and others manned the turntables upstairs, while Haitian cultural pride ruled the lounge area downstairs, where the Untouchables DJ Franky spun Haitian Kompa and Zouk music. In additions to financial donations, blankets, first-aid kits, and water purifying equipment were collected for the Doctors Without Borders Haiti earthquake relief effort.

Nike reeled in sneakers and canned food for the Haiti Memorial Fund at a gathering at Sutra in downtown Manhattan. DJ Clark Kent and Jay-Z tour DJ Neil Armstrong controlled the crowd as ballplayers from the shoe giant’s NRF recreation basketball league donated shoes.

Veteran punk singer Patti Smith kicked off a four-night run of fundraising performances by various artists at City Winery in New York. Ticket sales for the series — which also includes Living Colour’s Vernon Reid and Corey Glover and a night of rising indie acts — will go to Doctors Without Borders, as well.

On Sunday, when Lady Gaga wraps up her series of shows at Radio City Music Hall. ticket proceeds from the night’s sold-out performance will go to survivors of the earthquake. Gaga announced the move on “Oprah” last week, also pledging money from Sunday’s merchandise and online sales.

Learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti , and for more information, see Think MTV. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for MTV’s “Hope for Haiti” telethon , airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET.