Sarah Jessica Parker, Donna Karen Help First Lady Raise Money in NYC

Michelle Obama, actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Jill Biden (Stephen Chernin/AP)
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Michelle Obama, actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Jill Biden (Stephen Chernin/AP)

NEW YORK (CBS) First lady Michelle Obama campaigned for Democrats in New York City on Monday with the help of a few fashionable ladies.

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While at a fundraising concert at Broadway's St. James Theater, Mrs. Obama, along with second lady Jill Biden, spoke about the importance of the upcoming midterm elections. The event, hosted by actress Sarah Jessica Parker, also featured a musical performance by singer Patti LaBelle.

According to the New York Daily News, ticket holders paid $100 to $2,500 per seat to hear Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden speak.

"For so many people, change has not come fast enough, and believe me, it hasn't come fast enough for Barack either," Obama said to more than 1,000 people.

"It is going to take a lot longer to dig ourselves out of this hole than any of us would like," she added. "This is the hard part of change."

Earlier in the day, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden attended a fashion elite cocktail fundraiser, hosted by designer Donna Karan. Designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Georgina Chapman, Isaac Mizrahi, and Nanette Leopre were among the 85 donors who attended the ultra exclusive event at Karan's Central Park West penthouse.

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Monday's fundraising efforts was one of the several campaign appearances Mrs. Obama has made in recent days to help boost Democrat support before the critical Nov. 2 midterm elections. Special Report: Campaign 2010