Celebs show off their ice-skating talents during Skating With the Stars held at Central Park’s Wollman Rink. (It’s been Trumpified!) Thanks to a silent auction including a week at a house in the Hamptons, the evening raised $275,000 to benefit Figure Skating in Harlem.
Mariska Hargitay and hubby Peter Hermann glide around the ice. He holds onto her hips as they skate to Third Eye Blind’s Never Let You Go.
“Ice skating is the most graceful, beautiful sport,” Real Housewives of New York City star Countess LuAnn De Lesseps tells me. “I love couples — I love pair’s skating. It’s so romantic and sensual.”
Her Real Housewives co-star, Jill Zarin, brings daughter Allison to the rink. The teen is studying at the Sorbonne in Paris this summer. What does Jill love about being a mom?
“I love watching her grow,” she tells me. “I love the pleasure of seeing her fulfill her dreams. I do. As she gets older, more beautiful and more successful, I want to sit back more — it seems ironic because I’m in the limelight now — but I want to put her in the limelight. That’s my job.”
Mariska’s Law and Order: SVU co-star Chris Meloni takes to the ice with daughter Sophia. “I think I can skate,” he jokes. “If I saw a videotape of myself, maybe I’d think otherwise.” What’s the best thing about her pop? “That he loves me,” she responds, hugging him. “There’s a fiver in it if you give them a good answer,” he tells her.
Donald Trump arrives with a p.u.h. — personal umbrella holder — as he’s mobbed by fans. When asked for a photo with an admirer, he poses and says “Go, go, go, go, go.” He chides Law and Order: SVU star Tamara Tunie. “I hate to tell you, but The Apprentice ratings blew you away Tamara, but that’s okay,” The Donald says. “That’s a vicious rumor,” she says.
Carson Kressley brings his appetite to the charity event. “I’m going to get some steaks!”
What does he love about NYC?
“Just look around,” he says. “We’re skating in this amazing park, and there’s all this great architecture. The people is another. Paris has great architecture, too, but have you been there lately? Not so nice to the Americanos. Also, the shopping. Where do you get Bergdorfs? Nowhere but New York.”
The How to Look Good Naked star sneaks in to pile his plate with chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, pizza, chicken fingers, French fries and brownies.
Back out on the ice, honoree Dorothy Hamill reminisces. “My first competition was here 42 years ago when I was 9 years old,” she says. “Skating builds strength and courage. It’s not necessarily about being a champion.”
Partygoers are treated to gift bags that include Aveeno SPF 55 sunscreen, Cote D’or Experiences Noir Dark Cocoa Chocolate Bar, a fortune cookie from Fortune Girls and an array of beauty products.