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One Sweet Day, one sweet success

“Venue” seems far too sterile a word for Dylan’s Candy Bar, the literally sweet location of last night’s benefit for The Ronald McDonald House Charities, a worldwide organization that provides housing for parents of sick children being treated in nearby hospitals. Sponsored by ParentSociety.com, an online resource for young families, the event served as a kick-off to its Million Dollar Baby Board project, which aims to raise $1 million for the children of RMHC. Patients of RMHC mingled with celebrities and their kids, including Alex McCord of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, and her Brooks Brothers-clad son Francois, all while noshing on the goodies and crafting with edible supplies.

Between the chocolate fountain, the pizza and the sundae bar, I was forced to assess my priorities. Much of the evening was spent bobbing my head to live music from The Dirty Sock Funtime Band, while juggling my notebook, a chocolate-covered pretzel and a vanilla ice cream creation which was smothered in rainbow sprinkles and strawberry sauce.

From the tot perspective, the real star of the night was Pleo—an animatronic dinosaur that acts just like a real pet but requires no litter box, leash, or patience, and who trotted along the purple carpet all night for extra entertainment. A built-in sensor helps Pleo nuzzle, cuddle and tug at your pants—pretty much everything but beg for a walk—perfect for the children of Ronald McDonald House who need a germ-free alternative to a puppy, but also convenient for Manhattan parents, who, for bargain price of $340, don’t have to worry about anything furry destroying the suede loveseat or taking over the never-big-enough city apartment. Pleo dinos are available at pleoworld.com.

From the gumball machine-painting to the energetic tunes, last night there was absolutely no reason to feel guilty about indulging that sweet tooth. --Molly Fedick

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