C'est Inspiré is simply that - what is inspiring. Where the words end, images continue to speak. Seeing all that is around us, we seek some aspect of something that is life enhancing... something that you would like to be reminded of - to revisit. Something to capture and bring into your world, not leave behind... . That is why I take a camera everywhere; have spent countless hours organizing images in scrapbooks and pouring over them later to revisit the place, the people, the memory.
So, C'est Inspiré may be a single photo - or it may be 50, it may mean one thing to me, another to you - the meaning isn't important. Did it inspire? Did it make you smile? Did it bring back a pleasant memory? One or all of the above will do.
During a brief period of his life, the legendary art historian Bernard Berenson kept diaries where he wrote about how to see - and what he saw. These diaries were published under the title The Passionate Sightseer and edited by Raymund Mortimer.
Anyone, anywhere, anytime can be a passionate sightseer - just look.
On December 3, the UNICEF Snowflake Ball raised over $2.7 million at a gala celebrated at Cipriani Downtown. The annual gala celebrates UNICEF’s work and in creating healthier and safer lives for children all over the globe. The ninth annual black-tie gala was hosted by Bryant Gumbel and featured a special performance by Katy Perry. The event was designed by Vern Yip with menu designs by Amanda Freitag and longtime UNICEF ambassador Marcus Samuelsson.
Mark Lee, CEO of Barney’s was presented with UNICEF’s Spirit of Compassion Award, recognized for his commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable children. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF presented the 2013 Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award to Danny Glover a goodwill ambassador for over 10 years. He has supported United Nations campaigns focusing on poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, South America and the Caribbean.
Notable items at the live auction included concert box seats at the Barclay’s Center for Jay-Z and Beyonce concerts, and for Katy Perry’s upcoming Prism tour. Tickets to a New York Knicks game as Tyson Chandler’s special guest was also auctioned.
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December 4, 2013
Summertime parties also include events for our community causes and concerns. Here for God’s Love We Deliver. (www.glwd.org)
The 13th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks celebration was held at Villa Maria, the home of Vince and Louise Camuto, on Saturday, June 15, 2013. God’s Love We Deliver is the tri-state area’s leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.
July 15, 2013
On May 16, 2013 the Bone Marrow Foundation held their “Be A Lifeline” Gala at the IAC HQ in New York City. The gala was hosted by ABC’s Good Morning America’s hosts Sam Champion and Josh Elliott. Congratulations to the award honorees. Seun Adebiyi was presented “The Gift of Life” Award from Lee Moulton; Sergio Giralt was presented the “Dr. E. Donnall Thomas Award” from Robin Roberts; and Charlotte was presented the Brandon Tartikoff Award from her nieces, Charlotte and Margaret also on behalf of their two brothers, Edward who was out west participating in the NOLS program and Anderson who was unfortunately ill, and back in Charlottesville.
Since 1992, The Bone Marrow Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients receiving bone marrow, stem cell, or cord blood transplants by providing vital financial assistance, educational information, and emotional support programs. To find out ways to give and to Be A Lifeline click here.
June 13, 2013
EVERY YEAR, ESPECIALLY AT CHRISTMAS, WE LIKE TO SHARE OUR IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO
22,000 children die each day from preventable causes; that’s why we believe in Zero. UNICEF provides multiple ways to contribute through their Inspired Gifts program, monthly pledges and one time contributions to the general fund.
UNICEF works in over 150 countries as a global humanitarian relief organization to provide children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s humanitarian relief work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. To make a contribution or for more information please visit UNICEF’s website at http://www.unicefusa.org.
OTHER WAYS WE CAN HELP OTHERS
STOP – TAKE A LOOK AT THIS LIST
The Bone Marrow Foundation provides financial assistance and free support services to bone marrow/stem cell transplant patients and their families. Through the Bone Marrow Foundation, donors can contribute to the general fund or through One-to-One Funds, a program where patients directly benefit from funds to help with transplant expenses. For more information or to start contributing, please visit the Bone Marrow Foundation’s website at http://www.bonemarrow.org.
Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home. Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers in 30 chapters nationwide. Since its inception, Operation Homefront has provided critical assistance to more than 105,000 military families in need. Some of our most outstanding accomplishments are: more than 5 million dollars provided to military families in crises; goods and services valued at more than 6.5 million dollars to assist military families; and an excess of 20,000 care packages delivered to soldiers abroad with an additional 2,500 packages delivered to military families at home. To learn more, and ways to give, please visit Operation Homefront’s website at http://www.operationhomefront.net/
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. They prepare and motivate children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. By inspiring children to be lifelong readers through the power of choice, RIF provides free books for children to choose from and make their own. The seeds of inspiration in these books have motivated children to follow their dreams and achieve their potential. It seems incredible for a book to launch a life, but it happens every day as hungry, inquisitive young minds reach out and grab hold of the new people, places, and ideas that books bring them. To give the gift of reading please visit the Reading is Fundamental website at http://www.rif.org/
Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The organization’s mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts. Housing Works offers the New York area free furniture pick ups, and drop off donations are available for last years toys and gifts. To learn more about Housing Works and other ways to give please visit http://housingworks.org/donate
Every year CNN honors individuals who make extraordinary contributions to help others. These individuals are known for their work championing children, defending the planet, solving community problems, protecting the powerless and dedicating time to enhancing human health. To learn more about these individuals, find out how to nominate someone for next year, or to find out ways to help their causes go to the CNN Heroes webpage at http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/.
The vision of Coats for Kids is to ensure every child is wearing a new winter coat, is healthy, and is able to attend school regularly. Coats For Kids Foundation and Operation Warm, Inc. have united with a goal of serving at-risk children in the Greater Washington D.C Metro area and an increasing number of children nationwide. Operation Warm runs one of the largest coats for kids programs in the country, distributing new coats in 37 states. To learn more and contribute, go to http://www.coats-for-kids.org/ .
It’s been more than a month since it started, and they’re still going strong, but they are still in need of volunteers. The Occupy Sandy kitchen in Bay Ridge needs as much daily help as possible. They are trying to produce up to 2000 meals a day for people affected by Sandy with only mostly a skeleton crew. Each day really great people come through to help, but on most days they don’t have a large crew of volunteers. That’s where hopefully you come in to help fix that. See how you can help today. http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/volunteer/ .
December 10, 2012