040808stipepaltrowsmall.jpgThe Food Bank for New York City held their 5th Annual Can-Do Awards Dinner and fund raiser last night at Chelsea Piers. For the past 25 years, the Food Bank has worked to end hunger by giving low-income New Yorkers access to affordable and healthy food. Last night's dinner was hosted by classy actor Stanley Tucci and attended by celebrities like Michael Stipe, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mike D; musical performances were by Angela McCluskey, Jill Hennessey, Joseph Arthur and Mike Mills.

The most memorable part of the event was a live auction hilariously conducted by Susie Essman, who Curb Your Enthusiasm fans know as Jeff's aggressive, outspoken wife. Exact fundraising figures aren't in yet, but Essman berated at least $25,000 out of the crowd. Overall, the event raised approximately $1 million for the Food Bank.

Another high point was Stephen Colbert's speech, which he began by welcoming "ladies, gentlemen... whatever option there may be tonight... hermaphrodites... Michael Stipe... It's not about loving me tonight, it's about loving the Food Bank." Colbert was there to present an award to MTV Network CEO Judy McGrath, and took the opportunity to "apologize for calling Viacom chief Sumner Redstone 'the crypt keeper' on my show... And I'd like to further apologize for bringing that up again right now."