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Get Ready for Summer Fun with Fundraisers

Get Ready for Summer Fun with Fundraisers

There are some amazing events coming up in New York this summer. Get ready to raise funds for great causes all while having fun.

Starting to top off the season, Publicolor will celebrate its 21th Anniversary at their annual gala, Stir, Splatter + Roll, on May 22, 2017 at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, New York City). The evening’s colorful cocktail hour begins with 19 painting stations where guests participate with some of NYC’s leading artists, designers, and architects to create customized tote bags. Tyvek jumpsuits are provided to insure guests’ eveningwear remains paint free. Cocktails and painting begin at 6PM followed by dinner and program at 7:30PM.

In recognition of Publicolor’s important work in our schools the New York City Schools Chancellor, Carmen Fariña, is the evening’s featured speaker.

This year Publicolor honors 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 will also to be given to the distinguished designer and founding board member of Publicolor Jeffrey J. Osborne. A special Catalysts for Change Award will be presented to the architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro for their incredible work changing the landscape of NYC; Elizabeth Diller will accept the award. The event’s master of ceremonies is again Publicolor’s longtime friend, Jeffrey Banks.

Founder Ruth Lande Shuman said “When we started Publicolor in 1996 I set my sights on improving the lives of neglected NYC public school students, their teachers, families and communities. I was alarmed by the students’ low test scores and high drop-out rates, and appalled by the dreary and often prison-like facilities that operate as our middle and high schools. I knew by improving these students’ learning environments we would also be changing their attitudes. Now, 21 years later, Publicolor has painted 227 low-struggling middle and high schools, 214 community sites and playgrounds, awarded 256 students multi-year college scholarships and 132 scholarships this year alone, and worked with 23,000 volunteers.”

Stir, Splatter + Rolls 2017 Co Chairs are: Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Kors Le Pere Foundation, Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald Foundation, and Alex + Michael Shuman.

Honorary Team Leaders include: Mark di Suvero, Christo, Tom Geismar, Milton Glaser, Philip Glass, Peter Halley, Takaaki Matsumoto. For information about purchasing tickets, contact Ms. Patricia Margulies at 212.213.6121  or email

Then in June, The Central Park Conservancy will host its annual and much-anticipated Taste of Summer benefit, a culinary fête held under the stars at the iconic Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, on Wednesday, June 7 from 7PM – 11PM. The evening is presented by Macquarie, and more than 800 guests will enjoy tastings from renowned NYC chefs and restaurants, including The Plaza and The Plaza Food Hall, this year’s Taste Café host.  Guests will also be able to bid on unique experiences in a luxury-filled silent auction and dance to music by DJ Kiss. The event benefits the Conservancy’s mission of keeping the City’s most popular outdoor space maintained and beautiful.

This year’s Event Chairmen are Kelly & Joe Coffey, Kristy & Jonathan Korngold, Carol Sutton Lewis & William M. Lewis, Jr., Laurie & Jay Mandelbaum, Gillian & Sylvester Miniter, and Melissa Vail & Norman C. Selby.

Additional restaurants serving savory and sweet bites under the historic Minton tiles in the Bethesda Terrace Arcade include: Amali, Benoit New York, Bevy, Bridgewater Chocolate, Canard, Inc., Caravaggio, Casa Lever, Chimichurri Grill, Felice, ilili Restaurant, Kappo Masa, Kingsley, The Leopard at des Artistes, The Loeb Boathouse Central Park, Loi Estiatorio, Maccioni Restaurants, Maya, The Milling Room, Pampano Restaurant, Petrossian Caviar, Porter House Bar and Grill, Ristorante Morini, Root & Bone, Rotisserie Georgette, Sant Ambroeus, Sauvage, Serendipity 3, Shake Shack, Sistina, The Smith, Society Café, Southgate Bar & Restaurant, Tavern on the Green, Tavern62 by David Burke, Thalassa Restaurant, and Toloache 82.

Guests will sip on fresh summer cocktails, wine from 90+ cellars, beer from Brooklyn Brewery and coffee from Illy Caffé. Event designer Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events will create a picnic in the park theme with vibrant summery décor.

About the Central Park Conservancy: The mission of the Central Park Conservancy — a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 — is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of all. Central Park Conservancy raises 75 percent of the annual budget essential to keeping Central Park beautiful.

For more information on the Conservancy and Taste of Summer, please visit


ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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