East Side House Settlement Gala

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Do you think New York City will ever understand what it means to “slow down”? The answer is NO and this is why.

Around March for three days, Javits Center welcomes thousands of car enthusiasts to enjoy upcoming new potential purchases.

On March 24, the East Side House Settlement Gala hosted its 17th Annual preview of the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). This is great because it happens the day before the car show is open to the public.

Established in 1891, on the Upper East side, and later relocated to Mott Haven (South Bronx) between 1962-63, East Side House Settlement serves as one of the oldest non-profit social service organizations aiming to enrich and improve lives of the South Bronx community and has expanded to Northern Manhattan thanks to a gracious budget from private philanthropy – enter the annual Gala.

Sponsored by Jaguar and Land Rover, guests had the opportunity to have a preview of the abundant car collection. DJ Gaspar Muniz lit up the venue with his tunes, as loud and exciting conversation competed with his music. As adult beverages and finger food circumnavigated around, guests also had the chance to bid on very exciting items.

The live auction included a 2017 Jaguar F-PACE First Edition, three- night stay at Blackberry Farm, tickets to the Mets Skybox, and a dining experience at renowned New York restaurant, Rao’s. Perhaps live auctions aren’t your cup of tea. No worries! A silent auction including a Parisian getaway, professional beauty packages, luxury accessories, and more goodies also were available.

Oh yes, and let’s not forget the ultimate chance of taking selfies inside beautiful Jaguars and Land Rovers while imagining building a garage big enough to house either every car from the preview or just the two 2017 models in different colors.

No judgment here!

While some guests flocked to the dinner portion -everyone else invaded DJ Gaspar’s space for more dancing and entertaining. Thank goodness Javits floor closed at 11pm.

Congratulations on raising more than $500,000 (and counting) during the event.

Who was luckier in the end? Dinner attendees or those who remained behind with the entire Javits floor at their disposal to repeat the tour once more? One will never know. Whether your calendar called for only cocktails or came in later for the dinner – knowing all proceeds were allocated to support the college preparation for East House Settlement’s participants is all that mattered. Further information and how you can donate, click here.

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