The 22nd Annual BAILEY HOUSE Auction and Benefit is but an empty giftbag of memories and warm feelings.
Last Thursday, the city's fashionably large-hearted mixed, mingled, and were generally munificent as they bid upon art, leisure, and other donated items to raise funds for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.
Items ranged from trips to Costa Rica to lifetime experiences including a backstage experience with Diane Sawyer. Guests were privy to a cutting-edge silent auction technology from IML which allowed for real-time tracking of bidding amounts and a streamlined purchasing experience for winners.
Dear friend and fellow experiential designer STEFAN BECKMAN & co. were on hand to install this year's set, with support from HK CREATIVE and the We Came In Peace team. Inspiration for this year's atmosphere came from the bold graphics and communal rallies of the Constructivist movement.
Nightlife blog GUEST OF A GUEST reports:
The crowd is typically made up of an eclectic group, from business men, to downtown hipsters, to press and photographers. Last night was no different. All the guests are fashion insiders, in their own right, and come dressed in their best. One man, Fantasia, was dressed in a long velvet cloak and a king's crown. Others preferred to wear their fur, little black dresses, or skinny jeans.
The Roseland Ballroom had a full bar set up, with lots of drinks and food. Also, included for guests to indulge in was a Ben & Jerry's ice cream station. This is where I would have spent my night.
Kingpin of the gay mafiosia Simon Doonan presided over the scene, accruing squillions of dollars towards the cause. Bravo to all who attended, donated, and posed for pictures.
Peruse our gallery of images HERE.