Billy Eichner helped kick off the 2016 Housing Works Design on a Dime benefit by ringing the opening bell at the Opening Night Reception last night at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The evening offered a first look at the custom vignettes created by more than 68 top designers, and VIP guests could purchase the furniture, art and home décor in the vignettes at up to 80 percent off retail price.
Also in attendance were Rose McGowan, Adrienne Moore, ELLE DECOR editor-in-chief Michael Boodro, Alessandra Branca, Marisol Deluna, Nicole Gibbons, Marjorie Gubelmann, Douglas Friedman, Ken Fulk, James ‘Ford’ Huniford (Founding Chair of Design on a Dime), Charles King (CEO of Housing Works), George and Zoe Oliphant, Miles Redd, Lynn Whitfield and more.
Design on a Dime continues today and tomorrow from 10am-7pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion and is free and open to the public. Proceeds directly benefit Housing Works’ efforts to provide supportive services and housing to New Yorkers living with and affectedby HIV/AIDS and homelessness.
The foundation was creaeted in New York City in 2004 by Designer James Huniford. At the time, the event included seven interior designers and took place at Housing Works’ Gramercy Thrift Shop. Now, its’ twelfth year the national event has grown to include over 100 top interior designers and attracts over 5,000+ guests annually. 2015 marked the benefits’ most successful year, raising a record-breaking $1.3 million. Since inception the event has raised over $10 million for the organization’s mission.
In February 2016 Design on a Dime was taken nationally for the first time, expanding the event from New York City to Miami, Florida. Over the last 12 years many renowned designers have participated including: Bunny Williams, Charlotte Moss, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Eric Cohler, Laura Bohn, Jamie Drake, Miles Redd, Thom Felicia, Ken Fulk, and Ty Pennington. Chairs have included: Andy Cohen, Lara Spencer, Martha Hunt, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nate Berkus, Iman, Marisa Tomei, and many more.
James Huniford is the Founding Chair of Design on a Dime. This year’s Co-Chairs are Alessandra Branca, Michael Boodro, Nicole Gibbons, George Oliphant and Marisa Tomei.
Support for Design on a Dime is provided by ELLE DECOR, Lowe’s, Benjamin Moore, Chateau D’esclans, Whispering Angel, Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila, AirSea Packing, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Viacom and the New York Design Center.
For more information please visit http://www.housingworks.org/events/design-on-a-dime/
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