Housing Works celebrated its inaugural Design on a Dime Miami three-day fundraising event from February 5-7, 2016. The benefit featured a chairman’s preview evening hosted by “The Insider” anchor Louis Aguirre, VIP opening night reception and sale, and public designer sale raising nearly $300,000 for the organization’s mission to end AIDS is the US by 2025.
Grammy Award-winning artist Lenny Kravitz and designer Ken Fulk were honored with the “Giving by Design” award for their work on behalf of the HIV/AIDS community. The event was chaired by Design on a Dime founder, James Huniford and co-chairs Brian Kelly, Ken Fulk, Michael Boodro, Sarah Harrelson, Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber, with honorary chairs Andy Cohen, Christina Saralegui and Sandra Lee. The benefit brought together top interior designers, notable philanthropists, and LGBTQ influencers. Notable attendees included: Elsa Benitez, Christina Getty, Jennifer Valoppi, Sam Champion, Criselda Breene, Sam Robin, and Rubem Robierb.
Participating designers included A. Keith Powell Interior and Saladino Design; Anne Rue; B&G Design, Inc.; Brown Davis Interiors, Inc.; Christopher Coleman Interior Design; Cultured Magazine; Décor Aid; Deft Union; Doreen Chambers Interiors, Inc.; Fava Design Group; Hallock Design Group; Hinojosa Design; Insignia Design Group; Juan Carlos Arcila Duque; Maggie Cruz Interior Design; Michael Wolk Design; Miguel Lewis; Mike Stake Studio; MS2 Design Studio; Oskar Torres; and Taylor & Taylor, Inc. Sponsors included Miami Design District, ELLE DECOR, Cultured Magazine, Shore Club, Benjamin Moore & Co., Chateau D’Esclans/Whispering Angel, Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila, AirSea Packing, Gilead, The Point’s Guy, EMD Serono, Halcyon Design, LLC and Orsman Design Inc. The event was presented in partnership with Josh Wood Productions and Mark Stephen Experiential Agency.
Next stop: Design on a Dime New York, which opens to the public April 21, 2016.