One of the goals of the gala was to raise awareness for Medair, a humanitarian organization that brings life-saving relief to more than 1.6 million people every year, in places like South Sudan, DR Congo, Afghanistan, and Syria.
Photo: Kent Miller
HL Group Events highlighted the organization’s efforts by using materials and supplies found in the field such as steel, wooden pallets, and buckets throughout the event’s design.
Street art-inspired details like spray-painting appeared on the event’s materials.
The escort cards continued the gritty theme.
Floral centerpieces studded with proteas in muted hues were displayed using industrial materials.
The stage was constructed of wooden pallets, corrugated metal, and buckets.
“We are not well known in the U.S., and [supporter Peter Mann] wanted to help get Medair known in the U.S. and NYC in particular,” explained Jim Jackson, executive office director of the humanitarian organization.
Work by street artists including Shepard Fairey, Logan Hicks, WhIsBe, Phoebe New York, Thrashbird, Fnnch, and Wrdsmth were featured in silent and live auctions.
The Nelson Mandela Hublot watch received the highest bid of $41,000 in the live auction, and street artist Flore’s “Where the Wild Things Grow” piece raised the most—$9,500—in the silent auction.
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