5% Goes to Housing Works!

On November 9th I had the honor of being part of Michelle & Michael’s eclectic and swank wedding at the Housing Works Bookstore Café in Manhattan. For their 5% donation they have chosen to give to (of course) Housing Works! It’s another Event that Gives Back!”.

An excerpt from their website:

Since our founding in 1990, we have been at the forefront of advocacy efforts to ensure that New York City provides housing and related supportive services to low-income and homeless New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. We closely track the city agency charged with overseeing subsidies for poor New Yorkers with AIDS, the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA), and we push for improvements and expansion of HASA services. Every year, we doggedly lobby the mayor and city council to make the best funding decisions around HIV prevention and care, especially for those most at-risk: drug users, transgender people, people of color, the poor, the homeless, and those with mental illnesses. Sometimes our lobbying takes the form of rallies, protests, and creative civil disobedience actions.

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Company Picnic in Central Park!

It was a delight working with my client Colonial Consulting again on their annual company picnic and the upside to this year was that we were actually able to have it in Central Park! Last year we had to make the dreadful decision to have it indoors at their office due to rain. Luckily we couldn’t have asked for better weather this year!

The day started with a pre-party at their office which included sangria and a few yummy snacks.

For the picnic at Central Park we reserved Mineral Springs and had BBQ catered by Virgil’s and custom clown cake pops by Haute So Sweet.

For entertainment we had a clown and face painting by Kiki’s Faces & Balloons and caricature artist, Steve Nyman.

To see more pictures, please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page.

5% Goes to AutismSpeaks!

I worked with Manhattan Childrens Center to plan their annual fundraiser event at Bryant Park Grill on June 11 and they have chosen AutismSpeaks for their 5% donation – another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.”

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MCC Seeds of Hope Event!

I was thrilled when The Manhattan Childrens Center contacted me in the Spring to be their event planner for the 3rd annual fundraiser, Seeds of Hope. It was a beautiful affaire at Bryant Park Grill on June 11 and celebrated the accomplishments of Dr. Catherine Lord, Professor of Psychology and founding Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB), and Ms. Tina Jackson while raising funds for future of The Manhattan Childrens Center.

We were lucky to have Amanda Drury, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Street Signs” and Dave Price, former co-host of Fox’s Good Day New York, as the event emcees.

Amanda Drury of Street Signs

Amanda Drury of Street Signs

Dave Price of Good Day New York

Dave Price of Good Day New York

We were also fortunate to have so many fabulous donations for the silent auction!

About MCC
We believe that every child must have the opportunity to become a functional member of their community. We understand that all children are unique and individualized instruction is essential to their growth. Our goal is to offer every child an opportunity to enjoy a quality of life and emerge as a functioning member of society. Our caring professionals focus on each student to enhance and foster his or her maximum potential.

To see more pictures of the event please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page.

5% Goes to Planned Parenthood NYC!

After planning a fabulous event at Grohe America with DADA Goldberg for New York Design Week, they chose Planned Parenthood NYC for their 5% donation – another Event that Gives Back!“.

An excerpt from their website:

“For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been a beacon of hope for the thousands of women, teens, and families who rely on us for essential reproductive health care, innovative educational programs, and effective advocacy.”

“Believing that “Planning is Power,” we promote awareness about contraception as part of our commitment to prevention and proactive education. Likewise, our community and educational initiatives empower teens and adults to make informed and healthy decisions. At the same time, PPNYC works to protect the right of every woman to decide for herself when and whether to become a parent.”

New York Design Week!

I had the opportunity to work with DADA Goldberg and Grohe for the launch of their new product, Grandera, during New York Design Week. The New York City showroom is spectacular and was perfect for a cocktail event.

Photo credit: grohe.com

Photo credit: grohe.com

Architects, Interior Designers and the press were invited to GROHE Live! Center to get  a sneak peak of the newest, architecturally inspired Grandera collection and had the opportunity to experience and interact with digital water art by French artist Antonin Fourneau’s. It was the first time his Water Light Graffiti installation was featured in New York City.

To see more pictures of the installation and the event please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page.

Tasting at AYZA!

Last Thursday I had a private tasting at Ayza West Village with the Director of Public Relations & Marketing, Irem Eren.

I’ve been to the Midtown location several times for their famous chocolate martinis but have never eaten there. I was quite impressed with the variety of selections presented at the tasting!

To start, we had the assorted cheese platter with French Brie, Tete de Moine, Wild Boar Prosciutto, Di Parma, agave paste and hummus.

The second course was Angry Chicken Lollipops, Shrimp Dumplings, White Truffle Pizza, Hot Artichoke, Wild Mushroom Pita Tart and our wine selections were a Torrentes, Chardonnay, Garnacha and Tempranillo.

For dessert the chef presented us with assorted chocolate truffles from Jacques Torres.

There were so many things I enjoyed but I have to say my favorites were the white truffle pizza, Tete de Moine from the cheese platter (which was also shaved to look like petals from a flower) and Ayza’s very own wine, Garnacha.

The West Village location is ideal for a private event, whether it’s a birthday or anniversary, a bridal shower, engagement party or wedding brunch – it has a cozy and comfortable atmosphere and they have different party packages to meet your needs. It’s also a great place for a romantic date or a girl’s night out. They even have Live Jazz Monday’s from 7-10pm if you’re looking for a fun group outing!

Happy Holidays from KBNY!

2012 was such a wonderful year for Karen Brown New York! We had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful clients and creating unforgettable events for their special occasions.

Here is a video recap of our year in event planning and the charities that benefited from “An Event that Gives Back!”.

The 15th Annual World of Children Awards Ceremony!

Event planners from around NYC came together to volunteer at the 15th Annual World of Children Awards Ceremony last night, an event I feel proud to be part of.

Awards were presented to six “change-makers” who are striving to create a better life for children around the world, and nearly $800,000 was raised at the event which was held at 583 Park Avenue with over 400 guests in attendance.

Actress Stephanie March hosted the event and Glamour’s editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive and Gossip Girl actor, Matthew Settle presented the Awards. To learn more about the honorees, click here.

My task, along with about 10 other volunteers, was to promote further donations to tables by selling commemorative silver keys which symbolize that “together we can unlock a brighter future for vulnerable children, one child at a time.” Sales from the keys alone raised $43,000 which will go toward important programs helping children in real need.

Other volunteer tasks included ballroom prep, assembling centerpices, decorating, checking-in guests, assistance with seating and preparing “take-aways” for guests.

For more pictures of the event visit the World of Children Facebook page or BFA.

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