StyleWhipped Co-Hosts the HARLEM Arts Alliance Fundraiser!
On Wednesday evening,
Cindy and I had the great pleasure of co-hosting a fundraiser for the Harlem Arts
Alliance (HAA), an incredible non-profit organization that nutures and
promotes Harlem-based visual artists, performing artists and designers through
grants, expert advice, and community outreach.
Michael Unthank, HARLEM Arts Alliance's Executive Director, gave a rousing
speech that encouraged everyone to continue supporting uptown artists. Held at
the fabulous, worthy-of-the-Tribeca-to-Harlem-trip N Boutique on 116th Street,
the store was packed with guests from the fashion, music, theater, television,
arts and even finance communities.
We were all treated
to live music from the Tevin Thomas Trio and enjoyed delicious food from
Michelle's Catering & Bistro. Our very special celebrity host of the
evening, Law & Order: SVU's Tamara Tunie (and a great friend to both Michael
and me), also spoke to the crowd, explaining her own dedication to Harlem and
all the artistry it has inspired.
Of course, the purpose of the event was to raise money for HAA, so to help that
cause, we held an incredible raffle...the four prizes included a gift
certificate to N, a bracelet by jewelry designer Shimoda (one of HAA's
featured artists), a necklace from jewelry designer Nerissa
Rivers-Lawrence (another of HAA's talented featured artists), and two tickets
to Cirque du Soleil (the winner of which actually jumped up and down in
I have to reiterate the talent of both Shimoda and Nerissa...both of their
designs are original and statement-making...definitely watch out for editorial
coverage of their collections right here on StyleWhipped!Our guests included uptown
and downtown residents...lovers of the arts, supporters of HARLEM Arts
Alliance, those who will now be future supporters of HAA, and everyone
A few extra-special guests who need to be mentioned include Voza Rivers,
the Chairman of HAA, Brad Learmonth, the Director of Programming from The
Harlem Stage, and Linda Walton, the VP of Programming at JazzMobile. We would
also love to thank Lenn Shebar, Nikoa Evans and Larry Ortiz, the three fabulous
owners of N Boutique for letting us use their gorgeous space.