Award-winning education nonprofit Change for Kids held its fourth annual "Super Chefs" benefit at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. The event featured 10 nationally celebrated master chefs cooking to support the nonprofit, which invests in public elementary school education in low-income communities. Over 700 guests helped raise more than $625,000 that will benefit nearly 4,000 students throughout NYC. This year's event was co-chaired by Natalie Auerbach; Louise Phillips Forbes, Halstead Property licensed senior associate real estate broker; and Bronwen Smith, founder and lead designer at B Floral, a floral design company.
Among the "Super Chefs" were Marc Murphy of Benchmarc Restaurants, Missy Robbins, Jehangir Mehta, Hillary Sterling, Shane McBride, Aliyyah Baylor, Luis Jaramillo, Miguel Franco, Vincent Chirico, and Abraham Salum. Notable guests included designer Michelle Smith of MILLY, The Blacklist actress Mohzan Marno, photographer Debby Hymowitz, Victoria's Secret model Gracie Carvalho, singer-songwriter-composer Duncan Sheik and model and Halstead realtor Nora Ariffin.
Bronx sixth grader Naiomi Chacon, a graduate of Change for Kids partner school P.S. 277 and now in middle school, shared how attending a Change for Kids school gave her crucial experiences and opportunities that her peers missed out on. As she said in her speech, "I don't think that's fair," and she called on the 700 guests to change that: "I think we should help them."
Thursday, January 12, 2017