Friday, May 9

Fourth Annual Design on a Dime Charity Event

James Huniford, Designer, Sills Huniford; Kristin van Ogtrop, Managing Editor, Real Simple; Charles King; President, Housing Works; Maggie Gyllenhaal, actress; Thom Filica, designer, Thom Filicia inc. (Photo Demetrius Kambouris)

I know you will be seeing this on many of the blogs, but I felt it was a worthwhile event and one worthy of keeping in the public eye.

Co-chairs Maggie Gyllenhaal, designer James Huniford and Real Simple’s managing editor Kristin van Ogtrop hosted the fourth-annual Design on a Dime charity event to benefit Housing Works, the nation's largest community-based AIDS-service organization, last night.

Thirty top-notch designers, including Sills Huniford, Thom Filicia, Charlotte Moss and Jamie Drake, created unique room vignettes. All items used in the vignettes were available for purchase at 60-80% off the retail price. All proceeds from the sale benefited Housing Works.

Housing Works, New York City’s largest community-based AIDS organization was founded in 1990 and provides housing, medical care, job training and other lifesaving services to homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.


rebecca said...

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Melissa C Morris said...

Housing Works is such a great organization - wonderful of you to mention them!

We donated a piano to them years ago and were thrilled when they incorporated it into one of their always stylish window displays.

Stacy said...

How cute is maggie - I just finished reading her book. I recommend it!

my little apartment said...

how adorable is Maggie Gyllenhaal? it's so nice to know that she's involved in things like this...

lovely of you to share this!

Anonymous said...

This is a very good cause. I would like to encourage people to also consider supporting the AIDS service organization in Guam called the GUAHAN Project ( The GUAHAN Project provides HIV prevention and care services in the U.S. affiliated Pacific region: American Samoa, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam. Resources are extremely limited because the Federal Government under resources the region and the annual per capita income is staggeringly low: for example, it is only $2,900 in the Marshall Islands, and $2,300 in the Federated States of Micronesia. For comparison, the U.S. annual per capita income is $46,000. Even a small donation to the GUAHAN Project can make a huge difference in stemming the tide of HIV in these small, culturally rich enclaves that could be destroyed by HIV/AIDS.

ALL THE BEST said...

I am happy to post the previous comment though I will say that I do not know much about the organisation. I have googled it and it certainly seems to support many worthwhile causes.

It is interesting to note that very few Americans realize that the US still has territories (e.g., Puerto Rico, Guam, America Samoa and many others) yet under-resources them. While these territories contribute to the US they are often neglected and forgotten by Americans on the mainland.