5th Annual Santa Project Party in New York - December 10, 2014

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Here is a brief recap of the United Cerebral Palsy of New York's 5th Annual Santa Project, held in New York's Greenwich Village on December 10, 2014.

An Evening at Clarkson

On Wednesday night, United Cerebral Palsy of New York hosted its 5th Annual Santa Project Party at Clarkson Restaurant, an eatery and cocktail lounge in the West Village of New York. This is an annual event around the Christmas holidays to raise funds and awareness for UCP of New York. It consisted of a ticketed reception, appearances by local television personalities and other notables, and a silent auction of various prizes.

My sister, Louisa Laverde, was one of the event's organizers. She has worked at major nonprofit organization in the past, such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research. My father, Lyonel Laverde, is a retired diplomat who currently writes and produces artwork. It was my sister's idea to showcase one of my father's paintings at the silent auction, and donate the proceeds to the organization.

Among the stars

The Co-Hosts were Tamsen Fadal and Mike Woods. Tamsen is the evening anchor for the WPIX television news program in New York. Mike Woods is the meteorologist and correspondent for the local Fox affiliate in New York, who recently won the unusual designation of "Sexiest Anchor Alive" by People magazine.

The Co-chairs were Scott Stanford: the Emmy-Award winning WPIX sportscaster and sometime co-anchor of the broadcast with Tamsen; and Camilla Barungi, a model and star of television's Project Runway, and the founder of her own line of African health products. Co-chairs included Isaiah Whitlock, Jr., who starred in such television series as HBO's The Wire. and Javier Gomez, a Panamanian-born photographer, who has exhibited his work throughout America, Europe and Asia. Mr. G, the WPIX weatherman, also made an appearance.

The Silent Auction

The silent auction was new for me; though it's a staple of fundraising events, I hadn't been to one before. I saw there were several types of prizes, including both goods and services. One of them was a pair of tickets to the luxury box to watch the Brooklyn Nets play at the Barclay's Center. There were some cool electronic offerings, such as an iPad mini. Another was an Soccer Jersey, autographed by all-time Brazilian soccer legend, Pelé. Javier Gomez donated one of his photographic prints.

I was leaning to the Premium Whisky Package, though I didn't bite. Maybe next year.

My father's painting at Auction

My father's painting is titled, Vivacious Vacas. It is an 18 by 24 inch oil on canvas, painted this year, after my father had heart surgery. Vivacious Vacas is similar in style to some of my father's other paintings, which show abstract patterns of lines and color anchored by a representation of a face or faces. What distinguishes this work is how the central face emerges out chaotic patterns, which cut at it. It is as if the face were a product of the painting's overall jumble, as well as an image in contrast to it.

To the lower left side, there is a small painted face separate from the main composition. My father likes to put in secondary faces and figures, which appear to have a life all their own. The turbulence of the painting is still won over by the artist's overall whimsy and optimism.

And though the weather was raining, with chance of snow, people came out. The mood was joyous, in line with the holiday spirit. My father's painting did sell at auction (for four-hundred dollars), as did most of other prizes. It turned out to be a fun and successful evening.

Composed in New York
December 11, 2014


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Poet, playwright, commentator. I write wherever I can. Currently I reside in the City of New York.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
13th Dec 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
13th Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks, friend.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Dec 2014 (#)

yes indeed most interesting...thank you L.R.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
31st Dec 2014 (#)

You are so welcome, Carolina! Thank you.

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