The Benevolent Society has teamed up with Desingworks Sydney to create their newest installation at Vivid Sydney: a tunnel with an interactive light installation fitted with LEDs. Mark Kennedy, the director of Designworks Sydney, reported on the reasoning behind such a display, “This is a fabulous way to bring the role of benevolent society to life…The aim of the brand repositioning was to capture and articulate The Benevolent Society's key role in driving positive social change in Australia, and the Hundreds and Thousands light tunnel brings this aim to life by providing Australians with the ability to share their hopes and dreams via social media feeds.”
The Halo Pets natural pet food company, co-owned by famous pet friend Ellen Degeneres, are going to be popping up for a limited time on the corner of 47th Street and 501 Lexington Avenue with a special Pop-Up Shop.
This shop will be the focus of a month long event called "Halo City Tails NYC" where the Halo Pets company will spread their philanthropic services directly to the urban community by providing donors with various prizes. This organization, which donates 100 percent of its proceeds to sheltering pets, will be setting up shop between Wednesday, May 29th and Wednesday, June 26th. Pet-loving passerbys will not only have the opportunity to take home a variety of different Ellen Show merchandise, which includes bandannas, wristbands, and more, but they will also get a chance to win tickets to see her show live in LA, among other prizes. Along with a daily presence spreading their charitable message in Midtown, the Pop-Up Shop will also be the location of many special events throughout the month. These events include a dogs-only fashion show, family fun days, and a book signing by "America's Veterinarian" Dr. Marty Becker on Friday, June 21st. Dr. Becker is one of the many people impressed by Halo Pets' miraculous efforts on the streets of New York and particularly the ease to which it allows people to "pop in and do good."
The car of the future: a vehicle controlled by social media. A group of forward thinking teens in Kansas City, Missouri transformed a 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia into a hashtagging contraption during participation in the after school program Minddrive. Minddrive is a non-profit organization aimed at helping at-risk teens by teaching them electric car design through hands-on and one-on-one teaching methods. Once the car was completely converted into running on electricity, the students used Arduino to program the car to use social media interactions as a power source. By liking Minddrive’s Facebook page and/or hashtagging #minddrive on Twitter, each click will be converted into a specific wattage and contribute to powering this car on its 1060 mile drive from Kansas City to Washington D.C. By following them on Twitter, 5 Watts of energy are converted, one Facebook like is equivalent to 1 Watt, and if you sign their petition which can be found on their homepage, you can generate 10 Watts of power for this impressive machine.
Eyewear has come a long way from what our grandparents would wear, it can be a signature piece to someone's style and wardobe. However, fashionable frames and lens can be expensive and overly priced.
Warby Parker has transformed the concept of eyewear into giving consumers stylish eyewear at affordable prices. Frames with prescription lens are normally $95 and can be purchased online or at their numberous showrooms. In addition, Warby Parker has embraced the one-for-one concept and is helping people through the world see clearer, known as Buy a Pair, Give a Pair.
Walking throughout the streets of New York, there are numerous areas that can be transformed into greener more community-friendly locations. The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) started by Bette Midler tries to tackle this task in underserved communities. NYRP plans on having planted and caring for 1 million new trees throughout New York City by 2017.
This grand objective may seem intimidating to accomplish, however with the help of many individuals, it can be accomplished. NYRP offers a lot of volunteer opportunities, which include planting and caring for trees, cleaning parks, planting flowers in community gardens and working in the their Midtown Manhattan office.
What if you have the chance to share the power of a wish? For over 30 years the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human process with hope, strength, and joy. Originating in Arizona the foundation has become internationally known and has local chapters throughout the country and world.
In 1983, the Metro New York chapter opened their doors and serves the five boroughs and Long Island's Nassau County. As of September 2011 the chapter teamed with the Western New York chapter and now serves over 23 counties in New York State. The first wish granted by this local chapter was for a 7-year-old boy who wished to meet Catherine Bach, who portrayed Daisy Duke in the famous series Dukes of Hazard. In 2013, the chapter will grant its 10,000th wish.
Everyone seems to be rising to the occasion to help those effected by Hurricane Sandy and more and more celebrities are joining the cause. Iron Chef, Marc Forgione has created a t-shirt line to help raise money for hurricane relief efforts. For all t-shirts sold through the end of the year, Marc will donate $10 per shirt. The chef teamed up with Island Harvest Food Bank in Long Island on this philanthropic endeavour. Island Harvest is the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island and has been providing relief to thousands of residents impacted by Sandy. Shirts sell for $35/1 or $30/2+ and can be purchased here.
The Vintage Twin is hosting a 3-day pop up shop starting tomorrow, Tuesday December 11th through Thursday, December 9th. Whatever your budget, The Vintage Twin will help you find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list and even better, 10% of all sales proceeds will benefit Hurricane Sandy relief. Shoppers will enjoying digging for hidden treasures like reworked vintage apparel and accessories while enjoying pop chips and vita coco.
45 E 34th St. (between Park and Madison) 3rd floor Tuesday, Dec 11th 5 – 10 pm; Wednesday, December 12th 12- 9 pm; Thursday, December 13th 12 – 9 pm.
Judging by the media, the rest of the country may have all but forgotten about Hurricane Sandy , but the devastation left behind by the super storm is still fresh in the memory of most of the tri-state area as those affected begin to pick up the pieces. Just Friday night we learned Obama has formally asked Congress for $60.4 billion dollars in an effort to alleviate the suffering of so many who lost so much. Although helpful and necessary this relief package will barely put a dent in the total bill Sandy wracked up, and more installments are expected as damage continues to be assessed.
A Very Funny 'F*ck You' to Sandy: The Bell House and Pretty Good Friends are hosting a hurricane relief benefit on Sunday November 25th at 8pm. The show will feature comedians Jon Glaser, Wyatt Cenac, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Che and more and will be hosted by none other than Eugene Mirman. Tickets are $30 and 100% of the proceeds will go towards The Brooklyn Recovery Fund.
The Bell House is located at 149 7th St., Brooklyn. 718-643-6510