2017 Spring Fundraiser

Monday, January 9, 11:00pm–1:00am Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theater / 466 Grand Street / Free American Realness 2017 hosts a publication release in celebration of Ivo Dimchev’s recently published Stage Works 2002–2016. Over 400 pages document, with text and image, all of Dimchev’s stage works including FEST and The P Project, seen by New York audiences at Abrons Arts Center in collaboration with American Realness and Queer New York International. TWENTY LOOKS OR PARIS IS BURNING AT THE JUDSON CHURCH (XL) / THE PUBLICATION Friday, January 6, 11:00pm Abrons Arts Center, Main Gallery 466 Grand Street / FREE American Realness 2017 presents the digital publication release of Trajal Harrell’s Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (XL). (XL), co-edited in collaboration with Thibault Lac and Tom Engels, is the final work in Harrell’s epic Twenty Looks… series, all of which has been seen at American Realness between 2010 and 2017. The release is accompanied by an installation, entitled XLtime created by visual artist Franklin Evans made in collaboration with (XL). TWENTY LOOKS OR PARIS IS BURNING AT THE JUDSON CHURCH (XL) / THE PUBLICATION Friday, January 6, 11:00pm Abrons Arts Center, Main Gallery 466 Grand Street / FREE American Realness 2017 presents the digital publication release of Trajal Harrell’s Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (XL). (XL), co-edited in collaboration with Thibault Lac and Tom Engels, is the final work in Harrell’s epic Twenty Looks… series, all of which has been seen at American Realness between 2010 and 2017. The release is accompanied by an installation, entitled XLtime created by visual artist Franklin Evans made in collaboration with (XL). WENTY LOOKS OR PARIS IS BURNING AT THE JUDSON CHURCH (XL) / THE PUBLICATION Friday, January 6, 11:00pm Abrons Arts Center, Main Gallery 466 Grand Street / FREE American Realness 2017 presents the digital publication release of Trajal

On May 17th we held our annual spring fundraiser, Cypress Celebrates at The Park in Chelsea. Turnout was incredible – over 220 people attended despite the sweltering heat and we raised just over $85,000!

Monday, January 9, 11:00pm–1:00am Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theater / 466 Grand Street / Free American Realness 2017 hosts a publication release in celebration of Ivo Dimchev’s recently published Stage Works 2002–2016. Over 400 pages document, with text and image, all of Dimchev’s stage works including FEST and The P Project, seen by New York audiences at Abrons Arts Center in collaboration with American Realness and Queer New York International. TWENTY LOOKS OR PARIS IS BURNING AT THE JUDSON CHURCH (XL) / THE PUBLICATION Friday, January 6, 11:00pm Abrons Arts Center, Main Gallery 466 Grand Street / FREE American Realness 2017 presents the digital publication release of Trajal Harrell’s Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (XL). (XL), co-edited in collaboration with Thibault Lac and Tom Engels, is the final work in Harrell’s epic Twenty Looks… series, all of which has been seen at American Realness between 2010 and 2017. The release is accompanied by an installation, entitled XLtime created by visual artist Franklin Evans made in collaboration with (XL). TWENTY LOOKS OR PARIS IS BURNING AT THE JUDSON CHURCH (XL) / THE PUBLICATION Friday, January 6, 11:00pm Abrons Arts Center, Main Gallery 466 Grand Street / FREE American Realness 2017 presents the digital publication release of Trajal Harrell’s Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (XL). (XL), co-edited in collaboration with Thibault Lac and Tom Engels, is the final work in Harrell’s epic Twenty Looks… series, all of which has been seen at American Realness between 2010 and 2017. The release is accompanied by an installation, entitled XLtime created by visual artist Franklin Evans made in collaboration with (XL). WENTY LOOKS OR PARIS IS BURNING AT THE JUDSON CHURCH (XL) / THE PUBLICATION Friday, January 6, 11:00pm Abrons Arts Center, Main Gallery 466 Grand Street / FREE American Realness 2017 presents the digital publication release of Trajal

Emily (left) and Silvia receive their awards

 

At this year’s gala we honored two remarkable women who have made great contributions to the Cypress Hills community: Silvia Belmonte and Emily Estevez. Silvia is an incredible young woman who has and continues to help local high school students navigate the path to college at our Student Success Center at the Lane high school campus. Emily Estevez was a founding member of the Cypress Hills College Success Partners, a group of NYC-based career professionals who volunteer their time to help young people from Cypress Hills and East New York chart a road to higher education.

 

The funds we raised at this event will help cover our basic program and operating expenses and enable us to respond to Cypress Hills’ ever-changing needs. We put these generous donations to work serving and educating young people, supporting young adults to gain admission to and succeed in college, helping residents secure good living-wage jobs with career ladders, engaging youth in fun, educational afterschool programs and summer camps, building and preserving affordable housing, greening the neighborhood and mobilizing Cypress Hills/East New York to fight for justice.

 

We are extremely grateful for our host committee’s hard work and the generous support from our sponsors. Visit our Facebook page to see additional photos from the event.

 

Sponsors:

Leader:

  • BankUnited
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Builder:

  • Capital One Bank
  • DP Group
  • Dunn Development Corporation
  • GVG Contracting Corp
  • Heitler Houstoun Architects
  • Hirschen Singer & Epstein, LLP
  • Hudson Housing Capital
  • M&T Bank
  • M. Melnick & Co., Inc.
  • T.U.C. Management Co, Inc.
  • Tiger Baron Foundation

Organizer:

  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Citi
  • City National Bank of New Jersey
  • CTA Architects P.C.
  • Federated Title Services
  • FOA & Son Corporation
  • Legacy Office Solutions (DBA Peck’s Office Plus)
  • Lettire Construction
  • LISC New York City/National Equity Foundation
  • New York Community Bancorp, Inc.
  • Omni New York LLC

Advocate:

  • Dattner Architects
  • Lee Home, Inc.
  • Red Stone Equity Partners
  • Shinda Management Corporation
  • TGI Office Automation

Community Partner:

  • Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
  • Corporate Synergies Group, LLC
  • Loeb & Troper, LLP
  • Ridgewood Savings Bank

 

Host Committee

  • Darrin Bedol (co-chair)
  • Michelle Caley (co-chair)
  • Kimberly Coca
  • Emily Estevez
  • Elizabeth Kahn
  • Vicky Kahn
  • Gisella Lemos
  • Mark Migliacci
  • Michelle Neugebauer
  • Alexis Lugo-Sanchez

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