Publicolor celebrated its 20th Anniversary at their annual Stir, Splatter + Roll 2016 Gala on May 16, 2016 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City honoring Michael R. Bloomberg and E. John Rosenwald, Jr. for their longtime support of Publicolor and its programs.
“Both honorees are catalysts for change who have fearlessly addressed the most pressing needs of youth development, education and the arts. They are inspirational advocates who have had an exceptional impact on Publicolor and on underserved communities throughout New York City” said Ruth Lande Shuman, the Founder+President of Publicolor.
This highly festive and unique evening included 20 stations where guests enjoyed colorful cocktails while painting totes alongside some of our city’s leading architects, artists, and designers including Kenneth Cole, Nicole Miller,Cynthia Rowley, Michelle Smith, and Madeline Weinrib (a full list of team leaders is below). The evening’s master of ceremonies was Jeffrey Banks.
There was also a wonderful silent auction with unique works of art — many specially created for the evening — by important designers and artists including Jeffrey Bernett, Ross Bleckner, Dana Bronfman, Christo, Angela Cummings, Stephen Doyle, Tom Geismar, Philip Glass, Barbara + Paul Haigh, Betsey Johnson, Maira Kalman, Milton Glaser, Michael Kors (a signed bag), Justin Matherly, Takaaki Matsumoto, Vadis Turner, Gaetano Pesce, Saya Woolfalk, and Gerard Yosca.
Guests included Georgina Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Bratton, Sascha Bauer, Paula Cooper, Chancellor Rudy Crew, Patti Harris, John Ehrenkranz, David Karp, Betsy Perry, Diana Taylor, and Shelby White.
Mr. Bloomberg has been a dedicated supporter of Publicolor since its earliest days, not only making annual donations but also painting with Publicolor students, receiving Publicolor donors in his home for a cocktail party, and declaring October 8th, 2009 “PublicolorDay” in an official proclamation. A gift from his foundation is supporting a five-year strategic growth plan. A champion of employee volunteerism, for 20 years his staff have volunteered with Publicolor every year since 1996.
John Rosenwald is also a longtime supporter of Publicolor making strategic contributions throughout its 20-year history. Not surprisingly, The New York Times called him Philanthropist of the Year in 2016 for his commitment to many of the city’s leading charities. Said Ms. Shuman, “His sage counsel has always helped me.
The high-energy fête drew over 500 dynamic New Yorkers and luminaries from the worlds of business, fashion, politics, design, education, and philanthropy, and exceeded its $1.5 million goal by over $200,000.
The Publicolor guests weren’t the only ones who had a memorable evening, a former staff member Clyde Smith upstaged Michael Bloomberg, his current boss and the evening’s honoree, by dropping to one knee on stage and proposing to Publicolor staff member Kayla Porter – SHE SAID YES! The engaged couple met at Publicolor in 1999 as students and have both worked for the nonprofit.
Publicolor is a long-term your development program that engages high-risk students in their education throughout the year with a continuum of design-based programs that mentor them for success in college, career, and life.