From top: Bailey House CEO Regina Quattrochi, Jane Pauley and Joel Grey (photo by Patrick McMullan); Event Co-Chairs Dan Scheffey, Elizabeth Sadoff, Charles Pavarini III, Laura Krey and John Eason (photo by Patrick McMullan); and two of the vignettes at the Auction (photos by King Texas). View more photos on our Facebook page.
On Thursday, March 26th at Pier 60, Bailey House raised $520,000 at the organization’s 2015 Gala & Auction supporting its housing and health services programs that transform the lives of people with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. At the Gala Dinner, Bailey House honored Jane Pauley, respected television anchor and journalist; Brad Goldfarb and Alfredo Paredes, generous philanthropic leaders from the worlds of media, fashion and design; New York City Council Member Corey Johnson; and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) and the 30 for 30 Campaign, HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations.
Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s Chopped and All-Star Academy and Spokesperson for Dining Out For Life®, presided over a spirited evening that included Academy, Tony and Golden Globe-winning actor Joel Grey, who presented the Arts & Legacy Award to Jane Pauley for her longtime supporter of Bailey House and outspoken advocacy in the field of mental health. Other award presenters included Karen Sheftell for Mr. Johnson, who received the Jason Sheftell Real Estate Award for his passionate leadership in addressing the inequities in housing and access to healthcare facing low-income and HIV-positive New Yorkers; Bailey House’s own Malta Cirino for NBLCA and 30 for 30, who received the AIDS Warrior Award for the work each is doing to improve the lives of people of color and women living with and affected by HIV; and Randy Florke for Mr. Goldfarb and Mr. Paredes, who received the Rand Harlan Skolnick Social Responsibility Award in honor of their generous philanthropy and powerful support of the HIV/AIDS community and Bailey House’s mission.
The Gala Dinner was followed by the legendary Bailey House Auction, conducted by auctioneer Robbie Gordy of Christie’s New York. The live auction included such highlights as portrait sittings by celebrated artists Mark Beard and Andres Serrano; stunning photographs from Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts; a Meet and Greet with Chita Rivera including tickets to her new Broadway show The Visit; and a multitude of exciting vacation getaways. The silent auction featured almost 400 items, including art from artists such as Ross Bleckner, James Rosenquist, Duane Michals, Alex Amini, Sayan Ray and Garry Trudeau, and home décor, art, fashion, and entertainment items from brands such as Giorgio Armani, Reed Krakoff, Baz Persaud, Susan Rockefeller, Kenneth Cole, John Lyle, , Culture Object, Biasi Catani, Carmen Marc Valvo, , Anthony Lawrence Belfair, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, John Derian Company, JB b.o.r.n. Vintage Fashion Boutique, The Standard, Craft Restaurant, Jonathan Adler, Orbitz and many more.
Bailey House’s CEO, Regina Quattrochi, said of the evening, “Our clients are brave to seek our help, because it is the first step towards turning their lives around – and sometimes that first step is the hardest. But the key to survival is not bravery. It’s about having a community that transforms the fear of the unknown into hope for the future. All of the funds raised through this event support our vital services, helping to guarantee that we are able to continue transforming lives for the better.”
Through generous sponsorships, celebrity support and phenomenal auction items, Bailey House has raised more than $15 million since its inaugural Auction. All proceeds from the event go directly to providing housing and supportive services for Bailey House clients – homeless and low-income men, women, children and LGBTQ youth living with or at high risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.
With Special Thanks:
David France and Jonathan Starch
Brad Goldfarb and Alfredo Paredes
John Metzner and Stan Ponte
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Stan Ponte/Sotheby’s International Realty
Ralph Lauren Corporation
The Ralph and Ricky Lauren Family Foundation
Seth M. Rosen and Jacob K. Goertz
Frank Selvaggi and Bill Shea
New York Spaces
Special Gratitude to Our Longtime Partners
Décor Art Gallery
ROOQ Fine Art & Framing
Steven Amedee Fine Custom Framing
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