I took a plane to NYC Friday and spent a quiet rainy night in the city before taking a cab and a bus to get to the Hamptons, for a very wet weekend. Although I enjoyed a fourth of July barbecue at the house where the owners of Dune nightclub spend their summer, and Kobe Club for drinks with old friends afterwards, getting soaked in the rain standing in the street trying to get a cab for an hour put a damper on my fun. I did play tennis, in the drizzle, and go for a ride on my friend’s boat, in the fog, but now I sit at my rented desk in the NYC office reflecting on the last time I saw the sunshine. It was Thursday afternoon before I left. I put the top down and drove out to Venice for an American’s Second Harvest event at The Boys & Girls Club.
At first I was apprehensive about driving so far (it’s the farthest I’ve driven yet!) but it was for a good cause. Who knew there were so many hungry children in such a seemingly affluent beachfront community! I decided going would help do my part to do some good. Although, as volunteers handed out food as part of a new summer school lunch program, I just watched. I didn’t personally feed even one person. I spoke to David Arquette, who spent his lunch feeding the children. But I guess by talking to him, and telling you, I’m helping to spread awareness. I asked David about his daughter Coco and if there was going to be a Friends movie. You’ll have to read a future OK! for his responses. In between my prying about his personal life and trying for a bit more out of him than that Honey Nut Cheerios are Coco’s favorite food, David rattled off stats like a machine, telling me:
-Last year the organization provided food for 25 million people, nine million of them kids and three million seniors.
-They distributed 2 billion pounds of food lst year.
-There are 18 million kids who depend on school lunches to get fed. Last year the program fed 2 million of them over the summer. This year they’re goal is to feed the other 16 million as well.
-You can learn more about the program at http://www.secondharvest.org.
David knew all of this by heart. It seemed to come from the heart. He has a heart and is funny. My preconceived notion of David Arquette was that he’s a bit goofy. Possibly immature. As he drove off in his Mercedes, that he drove to the event he came to by himself, without a publicist, stylist or umbrella holder, I walked away thinking he may be a bit goofy, but he’s also a compassionate and sincere and charming guy.
I’m going back to LA in less than 48 hours. Do I miss New York? Ask me next time I spend a sunny day here.