Dina Lohan is the star of Flip Flop Casual’s Cocktail Party benefiting Project Cuddle, which keeps infants from being abandoned. Tweens and teens are giddy La Lohan is attending the soiree held at Village Club of Sands Point in Port Washington, N.Y., and swarm her when she arrives with brother Paul. But Dina can’t get enough of a rescued infant who attends the festivities with his new mom. Aww!
As The O.C. Beach Band – which includes former members of The Beach Boys – play songs such as Help Me Rhonda, I Saw Her Standing There and Surfer Girl, partygoers bid in the silent auction. Highlights include a set visit to E.R. and lunch with John Stamos!
Foodwise, each room has a different theme. There’s a sushi bar in one suite, a pizza station in another, and salad, burgers, rigatoni and fettucine alfredo in yet another. It’s a mild evening, so many relax on the back porch and in the airy music space.
Oh, look, here’s America’s Next Top Model winner CariDee English. “Do I know you?” she says. Actually, we met at an OK! food shoot in Miami during Super Bowl 2007, I remember. She’s good pals with OK! blogger Jennifer Birn and OK!’s Alisandra Puliti. CariDee mentions lot of her friends are adopted so the Cuddle cause is close to her heart.
It’s a big day for her. She tells me she just got her own show on Fuse! Hip, hip, hooray. It’s a Singled Out-type deal. Is she dating anyone? “Lots,” she laughs.
What’s the key to juggling lots of guys at the same time? “Just be honest that you’re not looking for a relationship,” CariDee tells me. “And don’t let them find out about each other!”
Now Dina’s ready for her closeup. “Have we met before? You look familiar,” she says. Hm, no, but I saw her once at a Z100 event in 2005. “Be nice,” she cautions, as I interview her with two pals and a publicist at her side. Can I just tell you she totally won me over? She’s super-glam yet vulnerable, and even gives me a hug at the end of our chat. Honestly, she’s just trying to be a good mom and raise her four kids to live out their dreams. And she has a huge heart. In fact, when she was growing up, her family took in those in need through Catholic Charities. She’s a born giver. And, she’s totally genuine.
Hooray! The silent auction brings in $150,000 for this worthy cause.
Time to go. Car service is waiting outside for our ride back to NYC.
More than 600 babies have been rescued in the U.S. and Canada through Project Cuddle, which offers a safe and legal alternative to baby abandonment. Call 1-888-628-3353 for more information.
For more on the Lohans, pick up the OK! on newsstands now. “Charlie’s Dream Wedding” is the cover line.