The pouring rain did little to dampen the mood on Wednesday night. Inside the Stephan Weiss Studio at ACRIA's 16th annual holiday dinner, festive spirits were running high. "Just a few more days of work and then I'm home for a while," Angela Lindvall said happily. The L.A.-based model had slid into her dinner seat just as the first course was served. She was in town for the 250-person event and then a quick trip down to Pennsylvania to appear on QVC. But it was something more karmic she was happiest about. "I'm getting my teaching certification in Kundalini yoga," Lindvall told Style.com. "Honestly, since I've discovered it, it's changed my whole energy and perspective." Speaking of feel-good vibes, earlier in the night, guests including Craig McDean, Bruce Weber, and Ross Bleckner had shopped their way through Donna Karan's Urban Zen and bid on fashion and art pieces. Auction and dinner proceeds, totaling a record $400,000, went to support ACRIA. After the main course was served, Karan took the stage to introduce the night's special guest, Estée Lauder Group president John Demsey, who was being honored for his work as the chairman of the MAC AIDS Fund. "If we don't sell lipstick, we can't give money away," he said of MAC Viva Glam's mantra from the stage. His straightforward altruism has won him admirers. "John is one of those guys who doesn't talk a lot," Prabal Gurung noted. "He doesn't go on and on about what he's doing like some people in fashion do," the designer added. "He just does it."—Bee-Shyuan Chang read more..
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