While his guests sipped neon-colored margaritas and yellow sangria, Oldham spent much of the night autographing the $35 T-shirts and $175 shirts he had created for the affair. Some 240 T-shirts and 23 shirts were sold, with $5 for each T-shirt and $15 for each shirt going to Housing Works. In addition, 10 percent of the take from the 85 pieces sold from a group of tie-dyed skirts, shirts, vests, dresses and T-shirts was donated. "We wanted to do something for Todd," said Susan Falk, president of Bendel's. "We decided to have a party that could help people and allow us to have a wonderful time, also."
Oldham recently decided to limit his in-store appearances to benefits. "It's a great way to raise money for these groups," he said, "and the Housing Works people really appreciate your efforts."