Here’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 and Marquita discussing the fine points of checking in, and ultimately agreeing to forgo the TSA-style pat-down.
Steve writing on our Draw Your Peace wall, curated by our wonderful board member Youssef Mahmoud.
Best LensCrafter ad ever, featuring Danita, Jason and Carrie.
At New York Peace Institute, you’re family, demonstrated by Harriet and Carol. No disrespect to Olive Garden.
Brett making buttons at the Make Yer Own Button Booth.
More sanctioned graffiti.
We played New York Peace Institute Trivia with fabulous prizes.
All A’s! Ally. Asha. Anne.
Michele, Will, and Will’s folks.
We used ORANGE Solo cups, because classy. And on-brand.
No foreheads were burned or coiffures set aflame by the beautiful Edisonian lightbulbs at WeWork’s gorgeous space. (Thanks, WeWork people!)
Marquita announcing the close of our silent auction, under the silent scrutiny of yours truly and our super board member Jennifer Glueck-Bezoza.
Big thanks to the folks who bid on items such as these etchings by yours truly…
….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.
Me: “What could possibly go wrong?” Michael Williams (our Board Chair) “What have you got?”
Koren doing the math to figure out our silent auction winners. She is clearly pleased.
These 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.