On April 1st, the nation’s design industry elite gathered at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s annual President’s Dinner to celebrate the organization’s 47th annual Show House and over 100 years of service for children. This year’s event attendees helped to raise $1 million to fund critical afterschool programs for the 10,000 children the Bronx Club supports.
Held at New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street, the black-tie event was chaired by celebrated designers Bunny Williams and Jamie Drake. The event was vice-chaired by acclaimed designers Alexa Hampton, Mara Miller, Jesse Carrier, and Christopher Spitzmiller.
The gala, which included cocktails and a seated dinner, honored Hearst Magazines, which was accepted by Michael Clinton, President, Marketing and Publishing Director. Distinguished architect, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Margaret Russell. In his remarks, Marino called the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, “one of the most positive organizations in New York,” further noting on the crowd assembled, “we all care about two things – the kids and our visual environment. All of us work hard to make the world look better.”
A crowd favorite of the night were the song and dance performances by members of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s Performing Arts Program. The evening opened with a performance by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s Drum Crops. Later, the dance troupe performed a salsa number, as well as a number to Janet Jackson’s “Made For Now.”
As a prelude to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s largest fundraising event of the year, the Decorator Show House, the President’s Dinner raises money to provide more than 10,000 young people at ten locations throughout the Bronx with essential after-school and enrichment programs. Since the organization was established over 100 years ago, they have grown into a recognized leader among the 4,500 Boys & Girls Clubs nationally.
This year’s Show House opens to the public for one month, starting on May 2nd at 36-38 East 74th Street in New York City’s Upper East Side. The internationally recognized Kips Bay Decorator Show House features the country’s premier interior decorators and architects, attracting more than 15,000 visitors each year.
On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Lizzie da Trindade-Asher chaired Artista e Musa at Jimmy at the James to benefit Young Friends of Save Venice Initiative. Last year, Lizzie helped to relaunch the Young Friends of Save Venice Initiative, determined to unite a younger generation of philanthropists. Save Venice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the restoration and preservation of historical artworks and architecture of Venice, Italy.
The name Artista e Muse plays direct homage to the theme of Save Venice’s reknown Masquerade Ball to be held April 26th in New York City. Masks, donated by couture milliners, Leah C and Gigi Burris and artist Andrew Rudjord, were available for auction ahead of the Masquerade ball to drum up support for the Young Friends first restoration project of Four Pietro Longhi paintings. Guests drank custom spritzes, which were served blending a selection of Valdo Champagne Galliano L’Aperitivo, Q tonics and Macchu Pisco.
Invited guests rallied in support of Save Venice which selects restoration projects based on artistic merit, historical importance and urgency. In collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Culture and with the help of renowned international experts, Save Venice has funded the restoration of more than 500 artworks in Venice including the recent completion of Tintoretto’s 1561 Wedding Feast at Cana in the sacristy of the church of Santa Maria della Salute.
Notable attendees included: Chair Lizzie da Trindade-Asher; Vice Chairs Kate Curkin, Casey Kohlberg, Michele Levbarg-Klein Rayden, and Christina Senia; The Host Committee Shana Davis, Anthony DeWitt, Alexander Mason Hankin, Danielle Hankin, Katie Lovejoy, Clare Ngai, Larry Milstein, Skylar Pinchal, Sofia Espinosa Tcherassi, and Silvia Mella; guests Allyson Shapiro, Timo Weiland, Molly Krause, Alyson Cafiero, Daniel Kibblesmith, Jennifer Wright, Delia Folk, Laura Day Webb, Gigi Burris, Leah C, Craig Montague, Leesa Rowland,and Omar Cooper.
For more information about Save Venice, please visit: www.savevenice.org
Photographs by Angela Pham/BFA.com (Kips Bay); Madison McGaw/BFA.com (Save Venice).