Martha Stewart and Design Elite at Kips Bay Gala

Martha Stewart, Christopher Spitzmiller
Martha Stewart and Christopher Spitzmiller  All photos:

A who’s who of the design world attended the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s annual President’s Dinner on March 13th to celebrate the organization’s 45th annual Show House and over 100 years of aiding in-need children. This year’s event, held at New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street, helped to raise over $1 million to fund important after-school programs for the 10,000 children the Bronx Club supports. The black-tie gala was chaired by Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley and designer Bunny Williams. The event was emceed by interior designer Ken Fulk and Vice-Chaired by designers Jamie Drake, Susan Zises Green, Alexa Hampton, David Kohler, Mara Miller, Jesse Carrier, Christopher Spitzmiller, and Pierre de Villemejane. Martha Stewart and Linda Fargo were also among the guests.

Amy Astley, John Saladino, Bunny Williams
Amy Astley, John Saladino, and Bunny Williams
Kaleb Anderson, Jamie Drake
Caleb Anderson and Jamie Drake

The gala, which included cocktails and a seated dinner, honored Morgan Stanley, the financial services company. Global Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director Mandell Crawley accepted the award on behalf of the company and gave a moving speech, recounting his story of growing up with his local Boys & Girls Club chapter. The evening also honored architectural and interior designer John Saladino with the event’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other attendees included: James Druckman, Board of Trustees President; Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.; Daniel Quintero, Executive Director of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club; Alex Papachristidis; Campion Platt; Tham Kannalikham; Tony Ingrao; Randy Kemper; and Councilwoman Annabel Palma.

Bettina Zilkha
Alex Papachristidis and Bettina Zilkha
Kips Bay Performing Arts Program
Dancers from the Kips Bay Performing Arts Program
Randy Kemper, Susan Magrino, Tony Ingrao
Randy Kemper, Susan Magrino, and Tony Ingrao

An event highlight was the song and dance performances by members of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club to the popular song “Rise Up” and selections from the Broadway musical “A Bronx Tale.” Councilwoman Annabel Palma and Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. announced $2 million in funding to go towards the aquatics center at the Club. At the conclusion of the evening it was also announced that Kips Bay will host its first-ever Decorator Show House in Palm Beach, FL this winter.

As a prelude to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s largest fundraising event of the year, the Decorator Show House, the President’s Dinner raises money to provide more than 10,000 young people at ten locations throughout the Bronx with essential after-school and enrichment programs. Since the organization was established over 100 years ago, they have grown into a recognized leader among the 4,500 Boys & Girls Clubs nationally.

This year’s Show House opens to the public on May 2nd at 125 East 65th Street. The Show House features the country’s top interior decorators and architects, attracting more than 20,000 visitors each year. The House will be open to the public seven days a week, May 2nd through June 1st.  Don’t miss it.