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For over two decades, ARTWALK NY has been bringing together activists and artists alike to raise funds for the the Coalition for the Homeless in New York. Tonight, 61,000 New Yorkers, including 24,000 children, will be sleeping in homeless shelters. The Coalition hopes to diminish those kinds of numbers through its 11 lifesaving programs—eviction prevention, providing emergency food and clothing, crisis services, permanent housing placement, job training, youth programs, and more.
For this year’s benefit, on November 3, ARTWALK NY gathered at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan for an event presented by Max Mara, honoring the artistic achievements of Kenny Scharf and the longtime support of philanthropist Mike De Paola. With over 700 guests in attendance, like Maria Biulia Maramotti, Dave Giffen, Daria Brit-Green, Helen Toomer, and Eric Shiner, the night consisted of bidding on over 100 donated art pieces (from artists like Will Boone, Louise Fishman, Erik Parker, Nir Hod, Rob Pruitt, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, and Wade Guyton) during live and silent auctions by auctioneer Aileen Agopian. Highlights included a sold Guyton piece for a striking $65,000, and a Scharf piece for $20,000.
“We walk the streets of New York every day and are confronted by this issue,” said Scharf. “It’s not like something you hear on the news about another country. You see it here all the time, and if you have a conscience, then you have to have feelings about it.”
Throughout the night, guests enjoyed several treats before and after the auction, including: music by Mia Moretti; food by Monofuku Nishi, Indochine, DB Bistro, Bar Bolonat and The Odeon; and beverages by Perrier, VDKA 6100, Ilegal Mezcal, and Peroni.
The night raised around $750,000 for the Coalition for the Homeless’ ongoing cause.