Talk about do-gooders! Beyoncé and Jay-Z were “very cute and affectionate” at his carnival-themed fundraiser at New York’s Pier 54.
Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter threw a lavish Coney Island-style soiree that raised a whopping $1.033 million for his Shawn Carter Foundation in just four hours.
The party was well underway when Beyoncé joined him at the pier party, which featured rides, sideshow attractions, games, lavish prizes and gourmet food that average carnies never taste.
Jay-Z managed to have fun at his own party, too. After winning a pricey watch in a dart game, he held hands with expectant wife Beyoncé as they took a romantic spin on a Ferris wheel.
One partygoer says that as the ride began its ascent, Beyoncé seemed to register a moment of concern, and her protective spouse instructed the wheel operator to “slow it down.”
The source also noted that when Jay was with his wife and her precious cargo, the cigar in his mouth was unlit, presumably out of deference to her and a healthful pregnancy.
Earlier that night, Jay mingled with a crowd that included marketing guru Steve Stoute, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, singer Estelle and NY Yankees Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia, even though their American League Division Series opener was the following day.
Meanwhile, Jay-Z showed he hadn’t lost his midway skills from youthful days on Coney Island.
With lit cigar in hand, Jay-Z went 3 for 3 at the dart game and won a $20,000 Hublot watch that he promptly gave to a friend.
He wrapped-up the night by joining his mother, Gloria Carter, to raffle off a new Chrysler 300.
“If you’re going to donate to a worthy cause, there should be some fun around it,” Jay-Z said at the beginning of the carnival. But, he added, “I’m sure we’ll throw a stuffy dinner one time, too.”