Time Out New York and Verboten Team Up to Honor World Aids Day

In honor of World AIDS Day today, Verboten is hosting a benefit concert tomorrow (December 2nd) with Audiofly and Nicola Zanatta. General admission tickets ($25) for two complimentary (Belvedere)Red drinks, or get one of 60 dinner tickets ($90) to enjoy a three-course pre-show spread from chef Chris McLaughlin. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the World AIDS Fund. Tickets are available here.

Made up of Anthony Middleton and Luca Saporito, Audiofly’s 2005 EP ‘Release Yourself’ caught many ears, propelling the duo to a new level. Fairly quickly, the pair's groovy, melodic and undulating take on house music started to create a huge fan base in the press, in clubs, and in production, with uber-imprints Get Physical, Mood Music, Kickboxer and Renaissance calling on their talents.

The Housing Works Fashion For Action Event
Located in downtown Chelsea, the highly acclaimed thrift in Housing Works’ opened up their newly renovated location with their upcoming annual event: Fashion for Action. Co-chaired this year by celebrated fashion designers Zac Posen and John Varvatos, the designer discount sale kicked off with a glamorous opening night party on November 20th with a reception in The Rubin Museum of Art. Guests sorted through 200 plus luxury brands inside the thrift mecca with all proceeds benefitting Housing Works' youth outreach programming, which provides dedicated HIV-prevention and treatment services for young people living with HIV/AIDS or at-risk of infection. Designer such as Ted Baker, Helmut Lang, and Tory Burch were being tried on, passed around and purchased for the stylish yet cost savvy New Yorkers. The intimate shopping soiree carried over a million dollars worth of new, high-end apparel, and accessories. After the short few hours of fashion guilt free shopping, guests took their purchases across the street to celebrate the cause. “It’s always rewarding to see our design community come together to support a good cause,” says Posen. “Fashion for Action is more than just a fun night of shopping; it’s a way for us to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS. We would love for New York City to come out and shop, guilt free!” Varvatos adds, “I’m excited to be on board for this year’s Fashion for Action. Housing Works shares the same energy and passion that I have for this city, and it’s important for me to support their mission.” Leveraging their fashion influence and leadership, the event was a success as much as it was creative and inspiring. The cochairmen have taken a unique position in their support of the fashion and beauty community. The benefit has grown to raise $400,000 in 2013 and almost $5 million towards the fight against HIV/AIDS in New York City. The Housing Works mission to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts relies on the fashion community to take a stand. The Fashion For Action event is not only a celebration of actions but also our efforts on a community that believes in building for positive change.
NYC Foodies Gather for A Dose of Delectable Generosity at Chefs for Impact

Food lovers and philanthropists alike came together on Thursday, November 20th for the fourth annual Chefs for Impact fundraiser dinner, which helps to provide education to children in rural Africa. The fundraiser was held this year from 6pm-10pm at Studio 450 (450 West 31st St) and featured a spectacular multi-course gourmet menu, cocktail reception, live music, espresso bar, and both live and silent auctions featuring such items as vintage fashion pieces, restaurant vouchers, art, and tickets to a variety of entertainment options around the city.

Featured chefs included: Andrew Whitcomb of Colonie, Pierre Thiam, a leader in African-influenced cuisine and author of Yolele! Cookbook, Mark Henegan of Madiba Restaurant and soon-to-open Madiba Harlem, Gary King, of Peter’s, Peño Pierre-Louis of soon-to-open Naked Dog, and Eric Simeon, previously of Todd’s Mill, Picholine, and Aquavit. Desserts were provided by Pistache NYC, Gooey&Co, and Eileen's Special Cheesecake. The event also featured an espresso bar from Joe Coffee.

By The Hudson Helping Needy Families This Thanksgiving with Turkey Giveaway

Newly opened By The Hudson (712 W 125th St.), owned by Fernando Reynoso and Giulio Tata, will be spreading the good vibes this Thanksgiving! On Saturday, November 22nd at 11am, the New American-inspired restaurant will be giving away approximately 100 turkeys, weighing between 10 - 14 lb, to residents of the neighborhood on a first come first serve basis! And, of course, you'll need a bag to carry that glorious turkey in, right? By The Hudson will also be giving away custom-made tote bags!

It's finally time to bring out your Joey-inspiried Thanksgiving pants, folks!

Silver Hill Hospital's Annual Gala Dazzles

Silver Hill Hospital has history stretching back over 80 years as being one of the top tier psychiatric hospitals in America. Since it opened its doors in 1931, Silver Hill has continually striven to inspire hope and deliver effective and compassionate treatment to all of its patients be it through impatient, outpatient and residential therapy. This year, Silver Hill’s annual Gala was held at none other than Cipriani at 42nd St.

Bleachers, Lena Dunham, Ingrid Michaelson and More to Headline The Ally Coalition’s Talent Show

Founded by Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess of the band FUN. and designer Rachel Antonoff, The Ally Coalition is a charity dedicated to helping and providing support to organizations that help the LGBTQ youth. On Tuesday, December 12th at New World Stages­ (340 W 50th Street), Bleachers, Girls' Lena Dunham, Ingrid Michaelson, funny lady Janeane Garofalo, Andrew McMahon are few of the names who are joining the cause and coming together for a night of laughter, music and raising awareness (and money towards) LGBTQ support.

Champions of Rockaway's 2nd Annual Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser hosted by Scarlett Johansson

ScarJo and Jamie Foxx fans are going to love their pre-Thanksgiving weekend! In honor of Champions of Rockaway and Generous Giants' dedicated work to rebuilding and providing help to over 200 families still surviving through the damages of Hurricane Sandy, Scarlett Johansson and her brother, Hunter Johansson, will be hosting the evening's festivities on November 18th at Hudson Terrace. The evening will begin with a seated dinner, following, Jamie Foxx will lay out his chart-topping hits. An awards ceremony celebrating the City’s most distinguished leaders in disaster response and recovery will close the event. Proceeds from the event will support the work of both Giants of Generosity and Friends of Rockaway.

Wall Street Rocks For America’s Heroes

The 4th Annual Wall Street Rocks Benefit Concert, held this past Monday, welcomed rock legends Warren Haynes, John Popper and Billy Gibbons to the stage of the Highline Ballroom, who all used the compelling power of music to raise money for America’s Heroes.

Over the last four years, Wall Street Rocks has brought together a diverse support system of employees across the financial, technology and entertainment industries to show their support for our brave soldiers, raising an impressive $350,000 for our nation’s heroes. This year the funds raised will go to ReserveAid, a non-profit organization that is committed to providing financial support to Reservists as well as National Guard members who are deployed or recently returned home from deployment.

Room to Read Hosts A Charity Benefit at Ariana Restaurant

Thursday, November 13th will prove to be a great day for the foundation known as Room to Read. This charity aims to raise money for literacy and gender equality within Asian and African communities. Enjoy an evening of exquisite 3-course cuisine as well as live entertainment provided by 6-time Russian Grammy Award-Winner Ariana Grinblat, the Nina La Voix burlesque dancers, and others. During the evening, guests have the opportunity to auction on items from producers such as wines from Acker Merrall & Condit, jewelry from Tuleste Jewelry, Lydell NYC Jewelry & Miranda Hope Jewelry, fitness classes, dance classes and zip-lining.

CC Sabathia Takes Over Lucky Strike

This past Friday night, Lucky Strike was abuzz with do-gooders and pro athletes, some bing a mashup of the two. CC Sabathia, pitcher for the New York Yankees, and his wife Amber hosted their annual kick off celebration for the CC Challenge that would be taking place the following day. In an effort to raise money for their charity, The Pitcch In Foundation, they host an "Amazing Race" style event with multiple teams competing for first place. CC informed us that "The Amazing Race" is the couple's favorite show. "We wanted to do something to raise money that was different than the usual charity events like bowling or golf."

The bowling alley was filled with members from most of the teams who came out to fellowship, mingle, and talk a little trash to their opponents. As each team took their place in front of the step and repeat for their team picture, many walked away saying things like "that's the winning team" and "remember these faces tomorrow." As Dusse liquor was one of the many gracious sponsors, delicious cocktails were passed around along with fulfilling appetizers and snacks. While eating and drinking, guests could also partake in a rousing game of bowling. Although the competition wasn't set to start until Saturday morning, teams took this as an opportunity to set a precedent for the skill that would be showcased only a few hours later at the challenge. All in all, the event was fun and it was a great way to kick off the challenge. Teams were able to meet their opponents and scope out the competition. Also, they got to hear all the rules in advance which would prove to make advance strategizing much easier. CC and Amber were elated to host the event and eager to raise money for their foundation that would eventually be used to "enrich the lives of inner city youth."