Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Bailey House Gala and Auction is next Thursday, March 26! If you are in New York, think about attending this wonderful, fun event. Ted and I have been involved with it for many years, and I have written about it here and here, when I made my one and only appearance on Bill Cunningham's New York Times "Evening Hours" party page. Bailey House is an important organization here in New York City which provides affordable housing and supportive services for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. Stable housing is a crucial factor in good health and prevention of HIV/AIDS. This Gala is Bailey House's big fund raiser for the year. In the early days, Ted and I and a handful of other people really got this event off the ground. Now it has grown into a big and popular annual occasion. I'm proud to say that Ted has remained involved and has sat on the Bailey House Board of Directors for years.
At the auction, we have picked up some favorite things.
Photographer Christopher Makos took this portrait of us several years ago -
This colorful series of prints by artist Robert Grossman depicts "Armchair Travelers."
This whimsical drawing in ink on brown paper is by illustrator R. O. Blechman –
The industrial piece on the left features a half a wood spool on top of a metal stand, and I love it.
In his art studio, Ted also has a colorful print by James Rosenquist.
The event on Thursday night will be held at the Chelsea Piers, on the edge of the Hudson River. The evening begins with a gala dinner when Jane Pauley will be honored as well as my Ralph Lauren work associate Executive Vice President Alfredo Paredes and his husband writer Brad Goldfarb. After dinner, the lively auction will take place, where there will be more than 100 works of art and photography offered as well home decor items and trips to Paris, Costa Rica and Palm Springs.
Some highlights include a commissioned portrait by renowned artist Andres Serrano (represented here by a portrait of Chloe Sevigny) –
A handsome chair from Brunschwig –
Black and white photograph by Paul Reitz -
It's a fun event with a great offering of beautiful things and it does good work! Tickets are available here. All proceeds go to provide housing and supportive services to those in need living with HIV/AIDS.