Fashionable Obama fundraiser

Former New York Rangers star Sean Avery, left, buddied up with elite photographer Douglas Friedman at the Obama fundraiser. Photos by Sam Spokony

As the nation prepares for November’s presidential election, Barack Obama got a stylish fundraising boost on Saturday night at a star-studded East Village gay bar.

The Eastern Bloc on E. Sixth St. — which is co-owned by Ben Maisani, better known as Anderson Cooper’s boyfriend — raked in Democrat cash from an array of high-profile fashion designers, editors, models and photographers, all of whom enjoyed the night’s other featured attraction: a bunch of pole-riding go-go dancers, scantily clad in Obama-themed boxer briefs and thongs. One face that stood out in the crowd was former hockey goon Sean Avery, who was enjoying his recent retirement and seemed well on his way to becoming a true fashionista.

The event stayed true to the Obama campaign’s grassroots mantra — a $100 minimum donation seemed relatively small considering the VIPs in attendance — but the final total was nothing to sneeze at; Darren Dryden, the bar’s other co-owner, said that they’d raised $12,000.

From left, TV talk show host Nate Berkus, author and Harper’s Bazaar editor Derek Blasberg, model and musician Karen Elson, and model Cory Bond enjoyed the go-go dancing and fundraising.

–  Sam Spokony

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