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  • Resolution Project & Kelly Rutherford Award & Honor Malala Fund's Shiza Shahid at Young Leaders Now Dinner

    Education Advocate Honored for Launching Social Enterprise as an Undergraduate and for Making an Impact

    New York, NY: Harvard Club: May 6th, 2014:
    Yesterday evening marked an incredible moment for The Resolution Project (www.resolutionproject.org), hosting its inaugural Young Leaders Now Award Dinner at The Harvard Club of New York City.  The dinner honored Shiza Shahid, CEO and Co-Founder of The Malala Fund, who helped turn her vision for girls' education into a reality.  
    The Young Leaders Now Award Dinner brought together notable celebrities, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business leaders, including actress, Kelly Rutherford, to raise proceeds that benefit and empower a global community of young leaders through collaborative social entrepreneurship.
    Rutherford was in awe of Shiza’s social entrepreneurship efforts towards women’s rights and her accomplishments as a women’s rights advocate at such a young age.
    She noted that, “Around the world, girls are denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors. And in being denied an education, society loses one of its greatest and most powerful resources.  As a mother, it is so important to me to have Shiza and The Malala Fund change that.”
    Upon accepting the inaugural award, Shiza was honored and cited the Resolution Project for helping to guide their young fellows with their specific initiatives in this “crazy world.”
    She was cited as saying, “In a world where it is becoming harder and harder to accomplish one’s goals of “changing the world,” they’re standing by their fellows and guiding them to do that.” 
    Shiza Shahid’s work is not only inspiring women across the world but helping the Resolution Project’s fellows to continue to meet and exceed their innovations and goals through their own philanthropic efforts.  
    The Resolution Project is committed to developing socially-responsible young leaders and empowering them to make a positive impact today.  Through close relationships with youth conferences like the Clinton Global Initiative University and the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, Resolution identifies promising young leaders from around the world, and provides them with a direct pathway to action.  Currently there are now more than 100 Resolution Fellows working in 35 countries including the United States, implementing innovative solutions to address pressing global challenges.
    Additional notable attendees from last night’s event included: Wyatt Rockefeller, Sarah Berner, Yvonne Buysman, John-Michael Chadonic, Sergio Fernandez de Cordova, Jennifer Field, Loretta Hennessey, Geroge King III, Molly Mahoney, Daniela Saltzman and Martin Smit.
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  • The Doe Fund hosted its third annual sweet: New York tasting event last night at the Bowery Hotel.

    The Doe Fund’s Third Annual Sweet was held last night in a beautiful pen house of Bowery Hotel in New York City. With A list guests, beautiful interior and laid out red carpet filled with celebrities it was a place to be. Seeing top models, Housewives of New York City and Orange is the New Black stars as I walked in I knew I would taste some amazing dishes prepared by the biggest chefs of The Big Apple.


    Regardless of big amounts of food and beverages as a big foodie I managed to try a little bit of everything. The style was: go straight to the main dishes; take a break with a glass of whine and than dive into amazing assortment of desserts. My first stop was Pescatore where I tried juicy gnocchi in Bolognese sauce to move on to Lavo’s famous meat balls, The Capitale Grille’s station and Dinosaur BBQ for some more meat to eventually get  “Burgerfied” by breakfast all day burger. Burgerfi makes delicious burgers with a very special recipe: potato bun, quail egg, boschetto al tartufo, maple glazed bacon, dry aged brisket blend, hash brown, tomato jam and garlic aioli. Do try this at home!

    So while sipping on Fox Run white wine it was time to satisfy my sweet tooth and there were so many options. Manon served macaroons, Magnolia cup cakes and their famous banana pudding, DO&CO brought in high tea appropriate tarts and chocolate covered strawberries, Fatty Cakes served very innovative cakes and there was liquid dessert served by Hernan! Recipe: coffee Patron and chocolate!


    Was I able to move after you wonder? Well hardly… good thing was that Terri was there with her immune and energy-boosting beverage Lady in Red. Overall another amazing Doe Fund’s event and all for a good cause!



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  • Style Expert Michael O’Connor Curated a Collection of the Most Exclusive Baubles


    Los Angeles, CA (March 2, 2014) – This past week, celebrities including Ashley Fink (“Glee”), Kate Flannery (“The Office”), Stefanie Scott (“A.N.T.”), Christine Bently (“Ballers”), Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”), Melisa Wallack (Oscar nominee Writing Original Screenplay “Dallas Buyer’s Club”), Kristine Belson (Oscar nominee Animated Feature Film “The Croods”), Robin Mathews (Oscar nominee Best Makeup “Dallas Buyer’s Club”), Adruitha Lee (Oscar nominee Best Hair Styling “Dallas Buyer’s Club”), Alan Baumgarten (Oscar nominee Film Editing “American Hustle”), Chris Munro (Double Oscar nominee Sound Mixing “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips”), Peter del Vecho (Oscar nominee Producer Best Animated Feature Film “Frozen”), Maitland Ward (“Girl Meets World”), Kate Linder (“The Young & the Restless”), Nick Eversman (“Get on Up”), model Carissa Rosario, James Anderson (Chicago Bears), and others as well as top wardrobe stylists/costume designers, got a coveted appointment at StyleLab’s Jewelry Suite taking place during Academy Awards Week. Guests had the opportunity to borrow from over $30 million worth of jewelry for the Academy Awards and related parties.


    Michael O’Connor, leading style expert and television personality, curated a selection of baubles from world-renowned brands such as Farah Khan, Kallati™, Mastoloni, Takat, The American Gem Trade Association, the Diamonds with a StoryTM collection, the Fashion of Diamonds collection, The Leo Diamond collection by Leo Schachter, and Uneek, among others.


    Here’s the scoop on what celebrities and their stylists were eyeing for the Academy Awards, and surrounding red carpet parties.


    Joan Rivers’ stylist Cary Fetman, gravitated towards a necklace from Farah Khan, priced at $63,977. It’s comprised of golden beryl, emerald and diamonds, at a total carat weight of over 171-carats.


    Amma Asante couldn't wait to try on the “Drop Wave” earrings from Kallati, priced at $24,999. This beautiful design contains 4.25-carats of pave set brilliant white diamonds.


    Gayle Ridley, wife of Oscar nominee John Ridley (Best Original Screenplay“12 Years a Slave”) stacked the “Bamboo” and “Fluted” cuffs by Mastoloni, priced at $11,000 and $19,400 respectively. They featured Tahitian pearls and brilliant cut white diamonds.


    Christine Bently favored the fancy color diamond earrings from Takat, priced at $17,708. These spectacular earrings include over 12-carats of diamonds.


    Melisa Wallack was a big fan of the earrings from Howard Donsky for the American Gem Trade Association. These stunning earrings feature two pear-shaped tanzanite slabs, emerald slabs, moonstones, and diamonds, at a total carat weight of over 64 carats.


    Stefanie Scott was excited to wear a pair of glamorous two-tone drop earrings from the Diamonds with a StoryTM collection featuring champagne and white diamonds, priced at $4,999. The trend-setting collection features diamonds ranging in shades from light champagne, to dark cognac natural color diamonds. All pieces are ethically and sustainably mined.


    Maitland Ward was excited to wear the draped necklace by Fei Liu, crafted by Y&M Jewelry, for the Fashion of Diamonds collection, priced at $85,456. The collection includes one-of-a-kind pieces created by China’s top jewelry designers and manufacturers, using Argyle diamonds from Australia.


    Robin Mathews was drawn to the diamond earrings from The Leo Diamond collection by Leo Schachter, priced at $350,000. These classic drop earrings contain a total diamond weight of 12-carats. They were handcrafted to be visibly brighter and make a dramatic statement.


    Carissa Rosari admired the sparkling diamond cuff from Uneek, priced at $88,200. This gorgeous design contains 882 round diamonds, totaling 25-carats.


    Hollywood’s biggest stars selected many other designs featured in StyleLab’s Jewelry Suite for the Academy Awards and parties. Final jewelry confirmations will be disclosed following the red carpet on Sunday. 

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  • The Village Voice's Dec 5th "Holiday Spirits" Tasting Event








    New York, NY - November 13, 2013 -The Village Voice announces the second round of spirits for their new tasting event, "The Village Voice Holiday Spirits"
    on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. The date commemorates the 80th anniversary of the day that ended the Prohibition era. For tickets, visit: www.villagevoice.com/holidayspirits

    "Holiday Spirits" focuses on bringing event goers samples of New York City's top distillers and drinks from top notch local brands, as well as a sprinkling of national ones. Newly announced spirits offering unlimited tastings include Black Dirt Distilling (Pine Island, NY), Brooklyn Winery (Brooklyn, NY), Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery (Washingtonville, NY), Finger Lakes Distilling (Finger Lakes, NY), Scorpion Mezcal (New York, NY/Oaxaca), Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (Woodinville, WA), Van Brunt Stillhouse (Brooklyn, NY), and White Pike Whiskey (Finger Lakes, NY).

    Previously announced spirits include Atsby Vermouth (New York, NY), Barefoot Wine & Bubbly (Modesto, CA), Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur (Brooklyn, NY), Breuckelen Distilling (Brooklyn, NY), Brooklyn Gin (Brooklyn, NY), Catskill Distilling Company (Bethel, NY) Cooperstown Distillery (Cooperstown, NY), Death's Door Spirits (Washington Island, WI), Dutch's Spirits (Pine Plains, NY), El Buho Mezcal (Brooklyn, NY/Oaxaca), Greenhook Ginsmiths (Brooklyn, NY), Jack from Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY), Long Island Spirits (Long Island, NY), Nahmias et Fils Distillery (Yonkers, NY), Owney's Rum (New York, NY), Tirado Distillery (Bronx, NY), Tuthilltown Spirits (Gardiner, NY) and more to be announced soon.

    A drink menu highlighting each of the brand's spirited offerings will be available on the event website, www.villagevoice.com/holidayspirits this week.

    Highlights of this year's complimentary passed hors d'oeuvres include Pork Arepa with Oaxacan Cheese & Micro Cilantro, Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce & Lemon Wedges and Zucchini Cupcakes with Avocado Cream Cheese Frosting & Pea Shoots.

    Musical entertainment for the night will set the tone for each of the event's two floors. One floor will feature The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, a 5-piece jazz, swing and blues band that will transport guests back to the days of Speakeasies and Prohibition. On the floor above, DJ Tim Martell - an MTV VMA Official after-party DJ and opener for massive acts like Beyonce and Robin Thicke - will offer guests a more modern musical selection. Known for his unparalleled cross-genre mixes, DJ Tim Martell is sure to impress the Holiday Spirits guests with his seamless, lengthy, and perfect blends.

    The event will be held at Studio Square in Long Island City, Queens and will run from 7:30PM - 10:30PM with a VIP-Only Preview Hour from 6:30PM - 7:30PM. Holiday Spirits will offer all ticketholders unlimited sampling, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a souvenir glass, and picturesque views of the lit Manhattan skyline. VIP guests will be offered one hour of early admission to the event and a commemorative VIP Wine Tote filled with goodies. VIP and General Admission tickets are still available. Group Rate Tickets can now be purchased for $5 off per ticket/10 or more using code HSPARTY at check out. For tickets, visit www.villagevoice.com/holidayspirits.

    Studio Square and Sterling Affair Caterers are official partners of 2013 The Village Voice's Holiday Spirits Tasting Event. Sponsors for the event are Asahi, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Green Mountain Energy, Marshall, Seamless.com and Whole Foods Market.

    The Village Voice's Holiday Spirits Tasting Event

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    VIP Tickets: $70

    General Admission Tickets: $50

    Group Tickets ($5 discount/10 or more): $45 with code HSPARTY

    6:30 - 7:30 PM - VIP PREVIEW HOUR

    7:30 - 10:30 PM - GENERAL EVENT

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