It was a reunion of seasoned actors at the Mardi Gras-themed National Dance Institute Annual Gala in New York, which raised money for the non-profit’s mission of providing arts education programs to public school children in under-resourced neighborhoods of New York City. Bernadette Peters was on hand to present Homeland star Mandy Patinkin with the organization’s top honor in recognition of his commitment to arts and culture in NYC. “I’m the grateful one,” he told InStyle.com, noting that his two children were in NDI. “It deeply formed their lives in form of community, and put into their bodies a sense of confidence that they took with them everywhere. I’m honor them for the gift they gave to our family.” The gala included several performances by children in the program as well as a silent auction featuring Kindles curated by stars like Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Whoopi Goldberg. Visit nationaldance.org for more information. Click the picture to see more from this week’s biggest parties!