This week in Manhattan, Publicolor celebrated their 21st anniversary at their annual beloved gala Stir, Splatter + Roll. The wonderful event started with a fantastic and fun cocktail hour where guests painted elaborate totes at 19 painting stations along with some of NYC’s leading artists, designers, and architects to create customized tote bags.
“We put in a lot of work to make this happen,” said Stephen Malcom, who worked the event. “At the end of the day it is very satisfying to see everyone here happy and enjoying themselves all for a good cause.”
Publicolor fights poverty by aggressively addressing the alarming dropout rate and low levels of educational attainment and youth employment in New York City. They do this by engaging high-risk students, ages 12-24, in a long-term continuum of intensive, multi-day programs to encourage academic achievement, community service, college preparation and job readiness. Their unique applied learning approach uses design and design thinking as vehicles to engage, stimulate and inspire at-risk, low-performing students in our city’s struggling middle and high schools, empowering them to achieve success in school, college, career and life.
In recognition of Publicolor’s important work New York City Schools Chancellor, Carmen Fariña, was the evening’s featured speaker at the gala dinner.
The night honored longtime board member Deven Parekh and his wife, Monika for his invaluable leadership and their steadfast generosity and Barbara + Donald Tober in recognition of all they have done to advance design and education in NYC. A posthumous award was also given to the distinguished designer and founding board member of Publicolor Jeffrey J. Osborne. A special Catalysts for Change Award was presented to the architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro for their incredible work changing the landscape of NYC; Elizabeth Diller accepted the award. The event’s master of ceremonies was Publicolor’s longtime friend, Jeffrey Banks.
Wonderful Painting Team Leaders included: Fashion Designers Nicole Miller and Michelle Smith; Jewelry Designers Rainey Day, Joan Hornig, and Gerard Yosca; Architects Jonathan Marvel and Rob Rogers + Alissa Bucher, Gensler, Frank Lupo and Paul Aferiat + Peter Stamberg. Designers Laura Day, Gale Towey + Stephen Doyle, Tucker Viemeister, Carmen Fariña, Madeline Weinrib, Takaaki Matsumoto, Jon Otis and Object Agency, and Doug Wilson; and Artists Dan Walsh and Stephen Savage.
Stir, Splatter + Rolls 2017 Co Chairs were: Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Kors Le Pere Foundation, Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald Foundation, and Alex + Michael Shuman.
Full Spectrum Sponsors included: Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Kors Le Pere Foundation, Monika + Deven Parekh, Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald Foundation, Alex + Michael Shuman, and Barbara + Donald Tober Foundation
Benefit Committee included: Paul Aferiat + Peter Stamberg, Kimberlee Bradshaw Archibald +Franz Archibald, Michele Ateyeh, Kate Ballen, Jeffrey Banks, Laurie Beckelman, Casey Benjamin, Dana Bronfman, Amy + Gordon Caplan, Anita Contini, Karen Davidov + Henry Myerberg, Martha A. Davies, Kristen + William Forman, Nancye Green + Michael Donovan, Deana + Stephen Hanson, Dana + William Herrman II, Jai Imbrey + Robert Apfel, Harold Koda + Alan Kornberg, Barbara Shattuck Kohn + A. Eugene Kohn, Jane Kosstrin, Tom Krizmanic, Nikki Kule + Ken Seiff , James LaForce + Stephen Henderson, Rebekah + Colin McCabe, Jonathan Marvel, Vivian + Ed Merrin, Nicole Miller, Rosa Riccio Pietanza, Elizabeth Reisner Pickman + James Pickman, Jordan Schaps, Leni Schwendinger, Ruth Lande Shuman (Publicolor Founder + President), Alex + Michael Shuman, Michelle Smith + Andy Oshrin, Lisa Smith, Lizzie + Jonathan Tisch, Ruth Zachary, and Tamara
For more information about Publicolor, go to: www.publicolor.org.