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Making their first public appearance as a couple since his wife Mary's suicide in May, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and girlfriend Cheryl Hines attended the 2012 Ripple of Hope gala in New York City last night.

Kennedy's deceased former spouse was apparently driven to take her own life earlier this year amidst increasing financial woes, a bitter divorce battle and upset over his budding relationship with the Curb Your Enthusiasm star.

The gala is held by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and supports members of the international business, entertainment and activist communities who are committed to social change.

Taylor Swift not only performed at the bash, but was also presented the Ripple of Hope Award as members of ex-boyfriend Conor Kennedy's family looked on with pride.

Later in the evening, T-Swizzle was spotted strolling the streets and holding hands with One Direction beau Harry Styles, who performed Madison Square Garden earlier that night.

Check out the other celebs in attendance in the gallery!