04/29/1998 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Christie Brinkley, 45, sailed aboard the Good Ship Lollipop at the Manhattan toy store F.A.O. Schwartz on Tuesday, when the supermodel took part in the 10th annual "Bunny Hop," to raise money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, reports PEOPLE. About 500 children and parents turned out for the event, which also featured clowns from the Big Apple Circus who often perform for cancer-stricken children at the medical center. When PEOPLE caught up with Brinkley, she and her 5-year-old son, Jack (with her third husband, Rick Taubman), were watching a little girl perform the old Shirley Temple song in the party-decorated store. "We were honored to be asked," Brinkley said of the invitation to help co-chair the event with her current husband, Peter Cook. "The society from Memorial Sloan-Kettering that works day in and day out all year long trying to make families who are coping with a child with cancer more comfortable." Familiar with the facility, Brinkley said, "They are redoing the pediatric family wing where they get meals and family support . . . My mind can't even imagine what these families are dealing with."
Notice to Readers
An item in the Tuesday PEOPLE.com Daily headlined "Broadway: Healthy Rx" covered a March 12 event that was credited to assisting Actors Equity Fund. In addition, the evening benefited the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, which is part of the Actors Fund of America.