Guastavino’s 2015 Holiday Season Recap

out100-2015-guastavinos-nyc-4Guastavino’s has had the privilege of working with the finest organizations to host some of New York City’s most sought after events. We’ve had the recent pleasure of working with groundbreaking social organizations and inspiring philanthropic charities. Below is a list of select highlights from the 2015 holiday season.

OUT 100 Party November 11, 2015

OUT Magazine celebrated their milestone 2015 “Ally of The Year” issue on November 11, 2015. This groundbreaking issue featured Barack Obama as their cover star, making him the first sitting U.S. president to be featured on a LGBT magazine. The festivities took place at the historic Guastavino’s in New York City, where the LGBT community gathered to enjoy the landmark issue, and honor committed leaders working to advance equality. Among those honored included Oscar-winning actor Joel Grey, "The Normal Heart" playwright Larry Kramer and marriage equality pioneer Edie Windsor. Additional honorees included YouTube personality Raymond Braun, Broadway actor Andy Mientus and Tony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.  

A View From The Bridge After Party November 12, 2015

The official opening night after party for Broadway production, A View From the Bridge, took place at Guastavino’s on November 12, 2015. Written by Arthur Miller and directed by Ivo van Hove, the pair made their Broadway debut after premiering last April in London to highly acclaimed reviews and sold out shows. The stellar cast will be led by Mark Strong, with starring roles by Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox and Russell Tovy. Russell Tovy, best known for his role on HBO’s Looking, makes his singing debut in the play.  

Wall Street’s St. Jude Fundraiser November 17, 2015

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Craig and Ashley Dismuke with son Ingram at Wall Street's Taste of New York charity event Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg

Wall Street raised over $1.7 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in one night at Guastavino’s on November 17, 2015. For 26 years, Wall Street has been holding an annual gathering to sample food from New York’s finest restaurants while raising millions of dollars for children with cancer. Hundreds of Wall Streeters headed to New York’s Guastavino’s to taste food from the likes of Benihana, Bobby Vans, Le District, Luke’s Lobster and Trifecta Wines. One of the biggest donors of the night included hedge fund titan, Steve Cohen. Rick Shadyac, the CEO of St. Jude’s fundraising organization ALSAC, revealed that Steve and his wife Alex have committed to donating $20 million to St. Jude over the next five years. To date, the fundraiser has raised over $40 million since its founding.  

Trains of Hope’s Desmond Tutu Phelophepa Achievement Award November 30, 2015

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Trains of Hope’s Desmond Tutu Phelophepa Achievement Award for Excellence was held at Guastavino’s on November 30, 2015. Trains of Hope is an African Healthcare non-profit that raises money to provide healthcare in rural South Africa using medical trains. The night honored extraordinary individuals who have excelled in their particular field and have made a worthwhile commitment to improving the lives of others. Among those honored were model and filmmaker Monica Watkins, and Dean of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Robert L. Johnson. Monica has initiated several projects, including Art in Motion; creating art, music, fashion and photography workshops for more than 1,300 children in 5 regions of the world. Dean Robert’s was honored for his expertise and accomplishments in medicine spanning over several decades. This year, the funds raised are going toward PHELOPHEPA III, a project geared towards launching mobile eye surgery units in rural South Africa. Ready to plan your next event in New York City? Contact us below.