On Thursday evening, Elizabeth Sutton and Art Start celebrated Good Vibes Only, a charity cocktail benefit at Gansevoort Market where the rising visual artist raised over $25k in support of the nonprofit, which has provided arts programs for underprivileged teens affected by homelessness in New York City for the past 25 years. Art Start, Co-Director, Johanna de Los Santos called it “by far the most successful fundraising event” in her 10+ years with the organization.
Patrons enjoyed an impressive breakdance performance by former Art Start youth, The Kidz Nex’ Door, an art auction featuring Elizabeth Sutton Collection and works by the Art Start Youth, cocktails by Hellisøy and BeMixed, as well as gift auction items from JetBlue, Giuseppe Zanotti, Park Avenue Skin Solutions, Montblanc, Moschino, Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia, and more. At the start of the evening, Sutton introduced emcee Phil Sullivan, a formerly homeless model, and advocate, and spoke of mutual inspiration for working with the organization:
“A few months ago, I saw a young man dancing on the subway, obviously struggling by the looks of his clothing and torn shoes and I was incredibly touched by his talent and hustle and courage to put on such a great performance, so I reached out, gave him my business card and some cash and told him to keep hustling, which is my motto. I stepped off the train and called my publicist, Natasha at The Know because she also has a non-profit background, and told her that I needed to do something important: find an organization that provides creative therapy for kids in need, and that’s just what we found in Art Start.”
Art Start provides three types of programming for underserved youth in some of New York City’s loneliest places, through consistent creative workshops inside homeless shelters, alternatives to incarceration programs, and partnering with youth agencies. This wasn’t the first philanthropic endeavor for Sutton. The Brooklyn-born millennial says that her eyes were opened to the magnitude of the issue of homelessness in New York City, while attending college, near Union Square.
Since then, she has personally sponsored and mentored homeless individuals in her neighborhood, donated Elizabeth Sutton Collection artwork to the 92nd Street Y’s Spring Fundraiser, the Morris & Paulette Bailey Sephardic Community Center, Couture for a Cause, and Lenox Health Greenwich Village – another partnership facilitated through Sutton’s PR team, following Breast Cancer Awareness Month last fall – and she just completed a mural at the landmark facility housed in the former Maritime Union Building, ahead of their ribbon cutting ceremony on October 25th.
Click here to follow Elizabeth Sutton. The ESC x Art Start Good Vibes Only GoFundMe Campaign will run through November.