Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg Honored at Publicolor’s 20th Anniv
Publicolor celebrated its 20th Anniversary at their annual Stir, Splatter + Roll Gala and honored former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and E. John Rosenwald for their longtime support of Publicolor and its programs.
This highly festive and unique evening included 20 stations where guests enjoyed colorful cocktails while painting totes alongside some of our city’s leading architects, artists, and designers including Kenneth Cole, Nicole Miller, Cynthia Rowley, Michelle Smith, and Madeline Weinrib.
Looking fabulous, Bloomberg breezed into the Metropolitan Pavilion and was greeted by many looking to congratulate and chat with NY’s former Mayor.
Bloomberg has been a dedicated supporter of Publicolor since its earliest days, not only making annual donations but also painting with Publicolor students, receiving Publicolor donors in his home for a cocktail party, and declaring October 8th, 2009 “PublicolorDay” in an official proclamation. A gift from his foundation is supporting a five-year strategic growth plan. A champion of employee volunteerism, for 20 years his staff have volunteered with Publicolor every year since 1996.
The high-energy fête drew over 500 dynamic New Yorkers and luminaries from the worlds of business, fashion, politics, design, education, and philanthropy, and exceeded its $1.5 million goal by over $200,000.
Guests included Bloomberg’s partner Diane Taylor, and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton who upon seeing wife Rikki Klieman, a criminal defense attorney and TV personality, gave her a sweet kiss.
Other guests included Georgina Bloomberg, Sascha Bauer, Paula Cooper, Chancellor Rudy Crew, Patti Harris, John Ehrenkranz, David Karp, Betsy Perry, and Shelby White.
Michelle Smith; MILLY designer and founder Publicolor Board Member, Bratton, Klieman, Taylor, Bloomberg