ACRIA & Saks Fifth Avenue Host Luncheon to Support LEAP for Girls

ACRIA’s Executive Director Benjamin Bashein, Saks Fifth Avenue SVP & Fashion Director Roopal Patel, and Julia Sherman, author of Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists, hosted an intimate luncheon on May 23, 2017 celebrating ACRIA's Leadership Empowerment and Awareness Program (LEAP) for Girls. Part of ACRIA’s newly launched Love Heals Youth Education Program, LEAP for Girls trains a new generation of community educators and activists in East Harlem, Central Brooklyn, and the Bronx—NYC communities of color experiencing the highest incidence of HIV. LEAP for Girls equips young women by strengthening their leadership abilities—including public speaking, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills—and educating them about self-esteem, HIV prevention, and sexual health. To date, over 650 young women have graduated from LEAP for Girls who have in turn reached nearly 15,000 of their peers through community action projects. Additionally, by supporting LEAP for Girls alumnae as they go off to college—often the first in their family to do so—the program helps young women strengthen their sense of self. ACRIA’s expansion into the important field of youth education began in 2017 with the acquisition of Love Heals: the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education.

The three-course menu focused on seasonal salads will be designed by Julia Sherman, multimedia artist, photographer, blogger and, most recently, author of the newly published cookbook Salad For President: A Cookbook Inspired By Artists (Abrams Books, May 2017) containing more than 75 recipes with contributions and interviews by artists and creative professionals like William Wegman, Tauba Auerbach, Laurie Anderson, and Alice Waters. To learn more visit saladforpresident.com

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Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Hosts Reframed Auction to Benefit ACRIA


ACRIA’s Executive Director Benjamin Bashein,  Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Senior Director Graham Steele, along with Board President Stewart Shining, and hosts and guests including Katherine Ross, Samantha Traina, China Chow, Margaret Kleveland, Brett Ramey, Katherine Kleveland, Colin Nash, Stacen Berg, Leslie Klotz, Bethanie Brady, Billy Farrell, Ed Brachfeld, Anat Ebgi, Jessica Witkin, Sarah Harrelson, Christine Messineo, Matthew Shattuck, Emma Reeves, Irene Neuwirth, Hilary Walsh, Emmett Malloy, Michael Slenske, Zoe Crosher, Stephen Galloway, Meredith Melling, Rosson Crow, Jed Weisman, Ross Cassidy, Natalie Ratabesi, Jason Richmond, Michelle Harper, and Jenny Shimizu attended the closing reception for ACRIA’s Reframed –  a new landmark silent auction curated Graham Steele, hosted by Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, and featuring iconic works by exemplary artists including Jonas Wood, Larry Bell, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum, Subodh Gupta, Andrea Bowers, Bharti Kher, Rita Ackermann, Takesada Matsutani, Kaari Upson, Wes Lang, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nir Hod, Dashiell Manley, Elsa Hansen Oldham, Brendan Lynch, JPW3, Graham Wilson, Awol Erizku, Anja Salonen, Claire Tabouret, Anthony Pearson, Barney Kulok, Friedrich Kunath, and many more. Reframed was the organization’s first major Los Angeles art auction event and welcomed 600 high-profile friends, clients, artists, collectors, and philanthropists for cocktails and a silent auction of blue-chip works by renowned contemporary artists at Hauser & Wirth’s destination location in the heart of LA’s burgeoning Downtown Arts District. The auction raised over $500,000. Cocktails were followed by a VIP dinner celebrating the generous donating artists and host committee at the restaurant Manuela located inside the Hauser & Wirth gallery. The event media partner was Los Angeles’ new, culturally driven publication, LALA, whose premier issue was available for guests. Beverages were generously provided by Vranken Pommery and Nolet’s Gin.  BFA was the official photography provider for REFRAMED and the auction was hosted online for bidding by auctioneer Paddle8.

Championed tirelessly by the art, design, fashion and media communities, ACRIA’s signature annual art fundraising events have raised over $5 million since the organization’s inception in 1991 to ensure that people living with HIV and AIDS can enjoy longer, healthier lives. ACRIA has long been a leading research and education organization that works across the country and around the globe to prevent new infections and to help people with HIV and AIDS live longer, healthier lives. ACRIA tests the newest HIV therapies; undertakes cutting-edge research to understand better who has HIV and how to best care for them; provides life-saving health information to disadvantaged communities around the world; and strengthens community-based AIDS groups through training and technical assistance. Additionally, through its ACRIA Center on HIV & Aging, the organization is recognized as a global leader on the emerging issue of older adults and HIV and through its Love Heals Youth Education Program is the leading provider of HIV/AIDS education in New York City schools. 

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ACRIA Hosts Signature Event—UNFRAMED —With 12 New Artist Editions

ACRIA’s Executive Director Benjamin Bashein along with Board President Stewart Shining, hosts Jonathan Mallow, Zoë Buckman, Ales Ortuzar, Bettina Prentice, Casey Fremont, Austin Fremont, Marlies Verhoeven, Billy Cotton, Ariel Foxman, Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, Michelle Hellman Cohen, Sarah Hoover, David Kleinberg, Carolyn Angel, Adam Shopkorn, Andre Mellone, Andre Viana, Ed Fogarty, Neal Beckstedt, Peter Colon, Emie Diamond, Steve Elmendorf, Vincent Gagliostro, Ryan Kroft, Adam Zeller, Michael Lorber, Deborah Hughes, Brian Jones, James McAvey, Isabel Rattazzi, Robert Tucker, Dini von Mueffling, Brien Wassner, and Jason Wu and guests including Joseph Altuzarra, Dana Lorenz (Fallon), Chloe Malle, Karin Nelson, Polina Proshkina, Rory Satran, Marcus Teo, Joseph Akel, Peter Som, Michael Angel, Meredith Melling, Ryan Fitzgibbon, Hanuk Hanuk, Alexa Rudolfo, and Daniel Vosovic joined many others in celebrating the launch of the 25th Annual ACRIA Unframed.

This evening was the first opportunity to purchase newly produced editions and unique multiples exclusive to ACRIA by incredible artistic talent, both emerging and established, including: Andrew Brischler, Nancy Brooks Brody, Ellen Carey, Anne Collier (below), Jack Early, Jim Gaylord, Jeremy Kost, Cary Leibowitz, Jack Pierson, Emily Mae Smith, Bryson Rand, and Richard Tinkler. Proceeds from the sale benefit ACRIA’s Artists Ending AIDS Fund.

Douglas Elliman and Michael Namer of Alfa Development, the developer of 200 East 21st Street and owner of Gallery 151, were the presenting sponsors of this year’s Unframed.

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