On Monday night time in Midtown Manhattan, Neil Patrick Harris, Nicky Hilton Rothschild and Michael Kors danced of their seats, as J. Harrison Ghee, the Broadway actor, sang Aretha Franklin’s basic “Freeway of Love.”

Ghee’s efficiency opened the seventeenth annual Golden Coronary heart Awards, the most important fall fund-raiser for God’s Love We Ship, a corporation that gives medically tailor-made meals to New Yorkers affected by extreme sickness, which was based in 1986 in the course of the AIDS epidemic.

“I think that we have to honor, and make noise about, organizations that can cut through the noise and make a difference,” stated Mr. Kors, a co-chair of the occasion and a board member of the group.

The night honored the Broadway star Ben Platt for excellence within the arts and the actress Scarlett Johansson for philanthropy and activism.

The gala, held on the Glasshouse occasion house that overlooks the Hudson River, drew about 800 folks and raised greater than $3.5 million. The house was adorned with tropical crops to resemble the restaurant Indochine, which offered among the meals. Attendees included the actors Christopher Jackson, Julianna Margulies and Beanie Feldstein; Huma Abedin, an occasion co-chair, creator and longtime aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and Blaine Trump, an occasion co-chair, who was married to Robert Trump, a late brother of former President Donald J. Trump.

Whereas presenting Mr. Platt together with his award, Cynthia Erivo, reminisced about after they would meet between matinee performances of “Dear Evan Hanson” and “The Color Purple” on Broadway. Ms. Erivo stated that Mr. Platt all the time made room for her, “even when he was exhausted, just to be there.”

In tribute to Ms. Johansson, Rupert Buddy, who just lately appeared with the actress in Wes Anderson’s movie “Asteroid City,” stated that she made him really feel “seen and heard from the get-go.”

He continued: “I’m probably the only person in this room, I’m going to guess, who has ever been in a movie with Scarlett Johansson.”

“That’s not true. That’s not true at all,” a voice shouted from the group, because the actor Matt Damon, in a shock look, walked between tables topped with greenery.

“We bought a zoo together years ago,” Mr. Damon stated, referencing the 2011 movie “We Bought a Zoo,” during which he starred alongside Ms. Johansson.

The night time wound down rapidly with a efficiency from Mary J. Blige, one other shock, as attendees had been nonetheless digging into their dinner of beef fillets.

“We’d like to try and get people out of here by 10,” Ms. Trump, who has been concerned with the group for the reason that Nineteen Eighties, defined in an interview. “So, you know, we’re working on it.”

Under, see photographs from occasions in New York Metropolis this week.

On Tuesday night time, at The Commonplace, East Village, a small group of associates gathered on the lodge to have fun the discharge of “Black Friend,” a debut assortment of non-public essays from Ziwe Fumudoh, a comic recognized for her late-night comedy present on Showtime.

Ziwe, who goes by her first identify, stated she noticed the guide as an growth of her work. “I have my hand in multiple pots, like a little octopus,” she stated.

The rooftop house, painted in white and adorned with grey couches and tables, differed from the intense pink and “feminine-with-a-wink” aesthetic typically related to the comic.

“I found writing a book to be really difficult,” Ziwe stated, explaining she needed to floor herself throughout bouts of author’s block.

”I can’t anticipate each particular person to attach each single story, but when they’ll join to 1, that’s nice,” she stated.

Her buddy Emily Ratajkowski, a mannequin and author who printed a group of essays in 2021, stated that she despatched Ziwe a textual content to get pleasure from her publication day, simply as associates had reminded her two years in the past.

About 50 visitors, which included Brynn Whitfield and Jessel Taank, forged members of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” and the director and comic Dan Perlman, crowded round a singular bar tucked in a nook of a sprawling balcony overlooking Manhattan.

Ziwe and Ms. Ratajkowski took turns taking photographs of one another posing on the balcony with its sweeping view of town; later, Ziwe took selfies with Jaboukie Younger-White, the author and comic, within the elevator.

“Our friend wrote a book!” stated Jen Goma, an entertainer, who met Ziwe years in the past. “There is something about our small circle rising up — and it is a celebration.”