By kristin


Last Thursday, Danielle and I headed to 4Food (New York’s famous “viral restaurant“) for Publicolor‘s TOP COAT cocktail party. Hosted by the organization’s Junior Committee (with the help of event co-chairs Carlton DeWoody and Hannah Bronfman), New York’s young and philanthropic donned their most colorful cocktail attire to benefit Publicolor’s “Paint Club+” program. With bleacher-style seating, a dj and a floor to ceiling jumbotron with alternating images of Publicolor’s work and live Twitter updates, it was one of the most hi-tech and laid-back charity events I’d ever been to.

To give you a little background, Publicolor is a NYC-based non-profit that uses color and design to engage high risk students (ages 12-21) in their education to counter the drop-out rate in New York City. It was founded 15 years ago by industrial designer Ruth Lande Shuman and has since transformed 138 inner city public schools into vibrant learning environments. Publicolor not only transforms schools physically, but also offers SAT prep and college counseling as well as career exposure workshops and professional internships. The company’s Paint Club+ program even teaches students a credit-bearing, Department of Education-approved, science-based sustainability curriculum and the marketable skills of painting and white-coating. This year, their goal is to raise $35,000 to transform 5 playgrounds in low-income neighborhoods of New York City.

To show your support or see Publicolor in action visit or follow them @publicolornyc.


A packed house at 4Food

Hannah Bronfman, Ruth Lande Shuman & Carlton DeWoody




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