scenes from our PeaceRaiser!

staff and boardHere’s our fabulous staff and board at our 2nd Annual PeaceRaiser. Big thanks to all who came out to support us building peace in New York City and beyond. We had a fabulous time, what with the art project, the button making, the auction, the food, the drink, the trivia game….and most of all, the good company in support of a great cause.  All these pics are from ace photographer Sachyn Mital, who volunteered his talent to capture the event.

christina marquitaChristina and Marquita discussing the fine points of checking in, and ultimately agreeing to forgo the TSA-style pat-down.

steve peace wallSteve writing on our Draw Your Peace wall, curated by our wonderful board member Youssef Mahmoud.

lenscrafter adBest LensCrafter ad ever, featuring Danita, Jason and Carrie.

carol harriet hugAt New York Peace Institute, you’re family, demonstrated by Harriet and Carol. No disrespect to Olive Garden.

make your own button brettBrett making buttons at the Make Yer Own Button Booth.

buttonMission accomplished.

draw your peaceMore sanctioned graffiti.

triva gameWe played New York Peace Institute Trivia with fabulous prizes.

ally asha anneAll A’s! Ally. Asha. Anne.

michele will parents Michele, Will, and Will’s folks.

orange solo cupsWe used ORANGE Solo cups, because classy. And on-brand.

good people good lighting No foreheads were burned or coiffures set aflame by the beautiful Edisonian lightbulbs at WeWork’s gorgeous space. (Thanks, WeWork people!)

marquita brad jenniferMarquita announcing the close of our silent auction, under the silent scrutiny of yours truly and our super board member Jennifer Glueck-Bezoza.

brads artBig thanks to the folks who bid on items such as these etchings by yours truly…

african art….and this exquisite piece of African art…which is also a little piece of diplomatic history. And may more cool things. Thanks to all participated in our peaceful bidding wars.

what could possibly go wrongMe: “What could possibly go wrong?”  Michael Williams (our Board Chair) “What have you got?”

koren auctionKoren doing the math to figure out our silent auction winners. She is clearly pleased.

cranesThese guys crashed the party, but we were all “the more the merrier” and whatnot.

So. Huge thanks to our Board, staff, volunteers, new and old friends and partners for putting this event together. Who’d have thunk that such a fun evening would help thousands of folks heal in the wake of conflict, engage in heroic acts of forgiveness, and find peacefully ways forward in their lives.

Yours in peace,


PS  If you could’t make it, and still want to contribute to keeping community mediation free to New Yorkers in need, just click here.



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