The Smith Hansen Team, of Keller Williams Tribeca, a Manhattan-based real estate brokerage firm specializing in residential sales and rentals, part of the Keller Williams family, hosted an art benefit in coordination with Philadelphia-based nonprofit Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying.
“Keller Williams gives back to the communities in which it does business through KW Cares, its need-based foundation, as well as through RED Day, our annual Rejuvenate, Energize, and Donate day,” said Keller Williams Tribeca’s CEO Mark Chin. “We are an organization that believes that in order to receive, you must first give.”
“Arts Against Bullying – An Evening of Elegance” took place on May 19 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. in a pre-war loft unit (#407) in the historically significant McIntyre Building at 874 Broadway, currently for sale for $1.325M via the Smith Hansen Team. Located in one of Flatiron’s most iconic buildings, the historic loft features soaring 12-foot ceilings and has been meticulously renovated with the finest finishes, including a state-of-the-art spa bath and a sleek, modern kitchen overlooking a sunken living room.
“Having been personally affected by the devastation of bullying, we are honored to partner with such a deserving cause that supports awareness of the epidemic of bullying throughout the country,” said Smith and Hansen.
Top NYC and Philadelphia artists such as Jed Williams, Perry Milou, Gilbert Lewis, Stacia Friedman, Masa Tsuda, Yolanda Ward, and Shila Sheedfar have donated art pieces to be sold at the benefit. All proceeds benefited Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying, whose mission is to support victims of bullying and their families through programs and resources, working alongside like-minded organizations in the community.
“We are so grateful to all of the artists who donated art to support the fight against bullying. That art represents their work, passion, and time and we are moved by their selflessness and generosity,” said FSPAB Founder and President Kati “Jazz” Gray-Sadler. “Almost 30% of students grades 6-12 have been bullied. That is an unacceptable figure and one we are working hard to change. Our organization is proud to be supported by so many people who are committed to ending bullying and lifting up those who have been devastated by its effects.”
The event featured music by DJ “None of the Above” whose time was donated by Turner Rouse. Sponsors of the event include Steven Parilis of Betesh & Associates PLLC, David Ostrowsky of loanDepot, Elise Leve of Citizens Bank, Nomad Rentals and Carl Santina of Mr. Inspections. Photography donated by Stan Johnson.