The pair host a benefit for rebuilding New Orleans – after a family weekend in the city

By People Staff
Updated August 26, 2007 09:00 AM

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie treated their kids to the quintessential New York City weekend, complete with a trip to a hot-dog cart and a carousel ride in Central Park. Then on Saturday night, it was all about helping a good cause: The pair took a helicopter to the Hamptons to host a dinner party raising money to help rebuild New Orleans.

Both dressed in white, Jolie, 32, and Pitt, 43, left Manhattan and flew into Westhampton for the event, after they were diverted from nearby East Hampton because of foggy conditions. From there, the couple ended up taking a cab to the home of Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the married couple who co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival with Robert De Niro.

Christie Brinkley, Ellen Barkin and Jimmy Buffett were among the celeb guests, New York’s Daily News reports, and Pitt himself gave a speech on helping those affected by Katrina.

The more than 50 guests were served cocktails followed by dinner (a buffet of lamb, salmon and corn pudding), all under a giant tent decorated with black-and-white photos of everyday life in New Orleans.

The fund-raiser helped promote Pitt’s Make It Right project, which is aiming to rebuild areas of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward with environmentally friendly homes.

Last week, Pitt was in New Orleans to give a tour of homes being built in cooperation with Global Green and the Home Depot Foundation. (See for more video from Pitt’s tour.)

• With reporting by MARY GREEN and JEFFREY SLONIM