We all know by now that once Memorial Day weekend sets in, all bets are off, and it’s summer. So break out the white shoes and handbags, and put the furs in storage.
As we are entering the last month of the school year, the end of the year galas benefitting children of all ages and academic affiliations are taking place. The Boys Club of New York recently held theirs, raising nearly $1.6 million. Funds are used to support all that needs supporting to continue providing services that nurture and encourage emotional and spiritual growth and development.
Former Women’s Board president and current member of the BCNY Women’s Board and Board of Trustees, Jacqueline Williams, was one of the honorees, and rightfully so. She hails from a line of society’s upper-upper crust and is probably cousin to Anderson Cooper, son of Gloria Vanderbilt, all of whom have an empathic, philanthropic spirit. Williams accepted her award with gratitude, thankful for the opportunity to perform such service for more than 20 years. The membership fee for the Boys Club is $5 a year and is one of the best investments a caregiver can make, as the organization is dedicated to guiding boys and young men to reach their fullest potential. BCNY accomplishes its mission, “through an approach that includes music and arts programs, social and recreational activities, academic support and athletics that introduce boys to new ideas, expanding their interests, developing their hobbies, providing a safe and nurturing environment and offering ongoing counseling and mentorship helping to shape boys and young men into the best adults they can be.”
Then there was the annual Publicolor gala. It seems like just yesterday that I was writing about last year’s event. Some things just get better with time and this event has to be one of them. Publicolor was the brainstorm of Ruth Shuman who, 20 years ago, thought it was a good idea to have teenagers in public schools participate in projects that livened up the old and often neglected physical environment of their schools by painting the rooms and hallways in bright, cheerful colors. Gathering at the event were students and alumni who have benefitted from the design-based program that mentors them for success in college, career and life. The results of using a hands-on approach whereby the students help themselves by improving their environment have been phenomenal.
The 20th anniversary celebration at the annual Stir, Splatter + Roll gala featured 20 stations where guests enjoyed colorful cocktails while painting and splattering alongside some of the city’s leading architects, artists and designers who included Nicole Miller, Kenneth Cole, Cynthia Rowley, Michelle Smith and Madeline Weinrib. Those being honored were longtime supporters Michael Bloomberg and John Rosenwald.
Bloomberg, a champion of employee volunteerism, has supported Publicolor since its inception and continues to do so with a foundation gift to support a five-year strategic growth plan. Rosenwald was voted 2016 Philanthropist of the Year by The New York Times for his commitment to many of the city’s leading charities.