It seems impossible, but I remember being six months old, enjoying a summer day at the pool with my Safta Sarah; Safta being the hebrew term for Grandmother. Singing a happy tune and navigating through the water as I sat atop an orange floatie, she offered the comfort that only a grandmother could provide. In her eyes I could do no wrong, in her world I would remain innocent forever, and if ever I needed her, she would be there.
I'm not sure whether it’s because that is the last moment untouched by her disease I can recall, or because it was one of the happiest of my young life, but I do know it is a scene that replays in my memory from time to time.
Who doesn’t love giving back, while having a little fun in the process? Here's your chance: The Hillman Homecoming is taking place March 19th from 6pm-11pm, at the one and only Haus. Take a trip to lower Manhattan for an evening of celebratory partying with some of your fellow HBCU grads. Alumni are getting together to network, drink, dance, mingle, and of course, raise money for a charitable cause.
A portion of the proceeds from the Hillman Homecoming event will be dedicated to the Puissance Scholarship, a scholarship for Outstanding New York City area students bound for Historically Black Colleges or Universities in the Fall. For those who have attended an HBCU, you know the undeniable experience you gain from one, and the unmatchable history you are a part of. Giving someone the opportunity to have this experience for themselves is a great way to give back. And did we mention there’s an open bar?
Head to the Mist Harlem Performing Arts Theater this Sunday to check out a great show for a great cause, as acclaimed Big Apple Blues musician, Tomás Doncker and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Gregory Porter, aka "the next great male jazz singer" (according to NPR) headlines The Harlem Arts Salon's all-star benefit concert. Tomás Doncker will perform selections from his latest set, Big Apple Blues, a follow up to Moanin' at Midnight: The Howlin' Wolf EP, released in the summer of 2014 along with the Tomás Doncker Band.
This Wednesday and Thursday the Empire Hotel was packed to the brim with adorable puppies and the humans who love them. Animal Care and Control, NYC’s largest pet shelter, hosted a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for their work taking in and adopting out dogs.
Photographer Jamie McCarthy was in attendance and the walls were decorated with his snapshots of some of the handsome pooches at the rescue. There were also plenty of furry friends in the flesh, including McCarthy’s own French bulldog and a host of other rescued cuties.
Supporting arts education for local youth, Bai Bubbles is hosting FutureArt 2015, an art show featuring five of New York's up-and-coming artists to present their brand new work and compete for a prize package. This show is a platform for these artists to collaborate with fellow creative minds to produce art that pushes themselves, as well as the spectators, emotionally and intellectually out of their standard expectations. Over a six week time frame the artists will have the opportunity to present their work through music, dance, spoken word, film, painting, and other forms of fine art at FutureArt 2015. They will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges alongside the event's audiences for a chance to win a one-year public relations contract with NY-based corporate communications firm Lawrence Blake Group Int'l., and a special performance tour sponsored by Flavorpill!
The first annual Operation: Heal Our Heroes (HOH) was held last night in effort to raise awareness about the serious mental issues that affect veterans, such as the staggering cases of those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). One such case of which affected the founders, Everett Weston and Patrick Bolchoz, when a close mutual friend of theirs suffering from PTS took his own life.
The event was held at Haus in Tribeca, raising money for Give an Hour, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides free mental health services to military personnel and their families. Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder of Give an Hour and one of TIME's Most Influential People in 2012, spoke about the work being done by Give an Hour and highlighted her involvement in the documentary, The Runner & The Therapist, directed by multi Emmy award winning film producer, Charlie Stuart. After the film’s trailer played, America's Got Talent finalist and Sony Music recording artist, Emily West, performed a soulful rendition of Sia's "Chandelier" and concluded with an a cappella performance of "God Bless the U.S.A" in which the packed crowd joined her in singing.
Christmas time is all about spreading joy, love, and cheer. While we can think of a ton of different ways to do that, doing a little charity work is always at the top of our list, which is why we are more than happy to spread the word about Big Brooklyn's 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive celebration this week. The toy drive has been going on since November 14th, and will continue on through Monday, December 15th at the numerous drop-off locations spread throughout Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and DUMBO. As of December 1st, a few local bars and restaurants that have partnered with Big Brooklyn's Holiday Toy Drive have been offering free drinks to anyone and everyone who brings in a toy to donate, and on Thursday, December 11th, Big Brooklyn is hosting a celebratory party at Verboten with an open bar, appetizers, music, and raffle prizes for all donating patrons in attendance.
Salon Mario Russo is not only prepared to make your hair look striking and lavish for trendy holiday festivities…the salon team is also ready to give back in merry spirit!
Each Thursday throughout the month of December at Salon Mario Russo, with the purchase of a blow-dry or updo service, in addition to presenting your hair stylist with your invitation to a holiday bash, Mario Russo and his salon team will donate a share of the profits from your service to Rosie’s Place.
Serving as the United States’ very first women’s shelter, Rosie’s Place continues to offer a caring and safe haven for homeless women. The shelter depends on donations by foundations, corporations and individuals. It is amazing that 86 cents of each and every dollar raised goes straight to the aid of women in need.
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.
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.