Ten million meals starts with fifty stylish products. In a partnership that will help put food in the hands of starving children all around the world, the Feed USA + Target collection will launch on Sunday, June 30th and will donate a portion of its proceeds toward those in need.
FEED USA is an organization that was co-founded by designer Lauren Bush Lauren to help raise funds for the United Nations World Food Programme's School Feeding efforts. This new retail partnership with Target will be a limited time offer to benefit Feeding America and will feature fifty different products that they expect will help fund ten million meals for children in need. One way they have helped raise funds for their project in the past was by opening a retail partnership called FEED partner which, as of 2011, has helped FEED provide 60 million meals to school children in developing countries.
Want to change the world? Hate to break it to you, but it may be a little harder than it seems. But starting now, Shot of Love will give you a chance to "change the world when you change your mind."
$5 is all you need to contribute to the New York City Anti-Violence Project when Pounds & Ounces, an emerging night hotspot for couples, singles, girls-night out, and even Sunday brunch, hosts a very special promotion called Shot of Love. By enjoying a shot of Sweet Revenge, a Wild Strawberry “Sour-Mash” for only $5, Shot of Love helps Pounds & Ounces customers contribute toward a great cause. Pound & Ounces will be donating all proceeds spent on this special pink shot toward the NYC Anti-Violence Project. According to their promotion, Shot of Love believes that this special will help people "Change the world when you change your mind."
Swedish designer Gudrun Sjoden has always gotten her inspiration from the earth. Whether it's using all natural materials for her colorful home wares and chic clothing line or promoting eco-friendly business practices, such as shipping her products by sea, Gudrun is always finding new ways of using and giving back to the earth. With a new store in SoHo she now has her heart set on introducing America to her stylish and eco-conscious products. The boutique is even on Greene Street, what a business model!
Depeche Mode is achieving this by asking fans and supporters to help celebrate their birthdays by donating to the organization's website. Working in conjunction with luxury watch brand Hublot, this project aims at providing drinking water to people in underdeveloped countries. By donating only $20, Charity: Water will be able to provide one person with clean water. Over $10,000 has been raised so far since the project launched with 439 supporters also helping by donating their own birthdays.
Bring your dog as a date to the 110th anniversary celebration of Bideawee, the leading pet welfare and adoption organization serving the Great New York Area. This dog-friendly, black-tie gala held at Gotham Hall on Monday, June 17th celebrates the organization’s array of traditional and innovative programs and services that have benefited pets and pet lovers for over a century. Monday evening will be hosted by Mayor Bloomberg’s daughter, Georgina Bloomberg and will include live music, dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction of special and unique offerings.
A new video for a television series called The Life has recently popped up on Jada Pinkett Smith's website Don't Sell Bodies, which helps advocate awareness and prevention of human slavery and sexual exploitation. This series has just finished its first pilot episode chronicling the struggles of under-aged sex trafficking in New York City. They cover many perspectives of the sex trafficking phenomenon including the teenagers and pimps involved, as well as the individuals attempting to help fight the problem.
To designate somebody a freak in a place like NYC is a bold and highly subjective statement. Yet if there is anywhere on earth where one is not only guaranteed to find somebody you can call a freak, but would also be sure that said person would be proud to be called one, it is certainly at Coney Island's long-running Mermaid Parade.
This may all change though if Coney Island US, the tiny non-profit who organize this event are not able to raise enough money to cover the event. From all of the money that has been lost in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and as a result of increased regulations, they are in more danger than ever of not being able to put on the event at all. This is where you come in. At 8pm on Thursday, June 20, Abracadabra NYC presents the Coney Island Mermaid Parade Pre-Party which will take place at the Village Lantern (167 Bleecker Street) to help keep this New York institution alive.
The Municipal Art Society of New York celebrates its young urbanists with a late night soiree after the presentation of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal to Dr. Judith Rodin, President, and David Rockefeller, Jr., Board Chair of The Rockefeller Foundation.
An urbanist is the name given to MAS's mid-career members who are helping them in their mission to strive for a future of more flexible and livable urban environments in NYC. MAS, who are a non-profit organization, have been encouraging cultural, economic, environmental, and social change to promote this mission for 120 years. MAS acknowledges the passion that their urbanists have for New York City and wish to return the favor on Thursday, June 13th. Between 9pm and Midnight, urbanists will convene at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in the midst of historic Grand Central Terminal in order to celebrate this third annual event by witnessing the medal presentation ceremony and mingling with a number of like-minded individuals. If you would like to purchase tickets for this event then click here.
Green Day, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, and others are singing classic protest songs to fight back against poverty. Called agit8 and prestented by ONE, the project is focused on ending poverty by 2030. The organization states that ending proverty, "won't happen on its own and we need millions more voices to urge those in power to finish the job."
ONE was co-founded by Bono, leader singer of the band U2, and is "a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than three million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease." This is just the latest in ONE's projects to promote a better world. The timing of the project coincides with the G8 Summit in the UK, a meeting of the most powerful world leaders.
One of Central Park's most illustrious gardens will be this year's backdrop to usher in a new generation of young philanthropists.
On Wednesday, June 26th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, the Central Park Conservancy's Greensward Circle will hold its Eighth Annual Evening in the Park benefit in the Conservatory Garden, located inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and East 105th Street, to pass the torch of park maintenance and restoration to the latest crop of young caregivers with a night of fun and dancing. Though today's Central Park is a more vibrant alternative to its plight during the 1970s and '80s, it is also a reminder of the importance of park maintenance and restoration. Members of the Greenswald Circle represent a new generation of philanthropists between the ages of 21 and 39-years old who acknowledge the Park's tumultuous past and wish to ensure the restoration and beautification of Central Park for future generations.
Out with the old and in with the new.
This often used statement may seem like the motto of 21st century NYC and it has never been more true in terms of New York's recent surge of urban re-purposing. By utilizing vacant and derelict spaces around the city, New York businesses and organizations have utilized and benefited from the large amounts of real estate that these spaces have provided them with.
One prime example of this is the emergence of pop-up shops. Pop-up shops are any temporary shops set up in a vacant or unused space. Pop-up shops are mostly used by big name brands to provide consumers with unique and convenient alternatives to larger outlets. This strategy has been particularly successful for a number of companies which include Target and Adidas as well as many luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton. Yet pop-up shops have not been exclusive to big name companies like Adidas nor are they exclusively utilized as consumer retail outlets. In New York and many other cities around the world, the pop-up shop concept has been used to provide people with unique alternatives to bars, art installations, and in the case of SyFy at the SXSW Festival even pop-up hotel rooms.