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Fashion Week: Mini Models Strut For Fashion, Philanthropy At "Kids Rock!" Show

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Miniature models made their way down the runway during Fashion Week for a good cause. NY1's Jessica Abo filed the following report.

Kids of television stars, athletes and musicians strutted their stuff inside Grand Central Terminal for the first ever "Kids Rock!" show.

While it may look like this event is all about fashion and red carpet photos, philanthropy is the thread that ties it all together.

"Haddad Brands teamed up with the Amar'e and Alexis Stoudemire Foundation, which is a great cause for the children," says "Kids Rock!" host Amar'e Stoudemire.

The cause helps at-risk youth through education.

Thanks to this event, Stoudemire's non-profit and the organization Kids in Distressed Situations will receive free products from the brands represented on this runway.

"These are children that are living in poverty situations, that may have an illness, children that are in living in foster care homes," says Kids in Distressed Situations President Denise Durham Williams.

They're groups that hit home for these parents.

"It's always great to support different charities, and you know we get to let the kids get up on stage this time," says rapper Lil John.

"I tell Jeffrey, 'You know what? We are very, very blessed, and it can be taken away in a minute, and when you give, you receive,'" says television host Sherri Shepherd.

While many of these parents say they typically like to keep their kids out of the spotlight, they say this event is different, because it sheds light on the importance of giving back.

"Even though you want to keep your life private, opportunities like this don't come around often, so we also want them to enjoy themselves," says NBA player Tyson Chandler.

"I really can't take them to my other events, so I think this was a perfect cause and perfect timing as far as me having moments with my kids," says actor Dascha Polanco.

When it comes to being model citizens, these kids get an A+.

"I think mostly for these events, it's cooler for other kids to see how someone else their age can do something and make them want to do it," says DJ Young Slade, Lil John's son.

"It's a really big deal, so it's kind of like really important to me and my family," says Ar'e Stoudemire, who walked in "Kids Rock!"

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