Updated September 19, 2002 01:00 PM

New York City’s Fashion Week merged glamor and goodwill Wednesday night, with socialites and stars lending support for the ninth annual AIDS benefit Race to Deliver, PEOPLE reports.

The event, hosted by Blaine Trump (the sister-in-law of the Donald) and co-sponsored by God’s Love We Deliver and MAC Cosmetics, celebrated the race, which will take place Sept. 22 in Central Park.

Items auctioned off included tickets to an Elton John concert in San Francisco (complete with hotel and airfare), a MAC makeover, sessions with personal-trainer-to-the-stars Kacy Duke and the most sought-after items of all: two tickets to the December premiere of the Jennifer Lopez movie “The Chambermaid” — which went for a staggering $6,000.

“I just try and do whatever I can for God’s Love We Deliver and AMFAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research), ” actress Natasha Richardson, 39, told PEOPLE. (Her father, Oscar-winning director Tony Richardson, 63, died of AIDS in 1991; her mother is acting legend Vanessa Redgrave and her husband is Liam Neeson.)

“I think that, especially now, when most people think that AIDS is kind of a done deal — which is far from the truth — it’s even more important to go out and wave the flag and keep the torch alive,” Richardson added.

Richardson’s next film, the road-trip comedy “Waking Up in Reno,” opens Oct. 25. The movie follows two couples (Richardson and Billy Bob Thornton, and Patrick Swayze and Charlize Theron) as they travel to Nevada for a monster-truck extravaganza. But on the way they realize that their respective relationships are not completely committed.