Location & Date

Southwest Porch at Bryant Park
(6th Avenue and 42 Street)
Subway: B, D, F, M to Bryant Park. 7 to 5th Avenue; N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3 to Times Square
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Wed. May 11, 2011
May 11th, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Contact & Other Information

Malia Poai
e-Mail Event Organizer
Guests: 100 to 500

  2011 Forward Spring Cocktail Party  
Hosted By: The Associates Council of The Children's Aid Society

FORWARD Raffle Prizes (as of 5.04.2011)

#1 Wine Tasting for Plenty!

An approximately 2-hour private Tutored Wine Tasting for 20 to 40 of your closest friends hosted by the Moore Brothers Wine Company. A knowledgeable Moore Brothers staff member will present five to six wines while providing information and insight into the wines being tasted. This item includes the rental of the space, speaker, wine, glassware, tables, chairs, use of the venue, music, and handouts. Outside food can be brought by the winner; the winner will be responsible for the food clean up after the event. 

Value: $2,500

Donated by Moore Brothers Wine Company, Reservations required – see certificate for restrictions.

#2 Broadway Beckons!
The Lion King or Mary Poppins, what a choice! You and a friend will attend your choice of these highly acclaimed Broadway shows with an exclusive back stage tour and a chance to meet the stars! Break a leg!  
Value: $500

Donated by Anonymous Donor, reservations required. Expires September 11, 2011.

#3 & #4 Eso si que es!

Don’t know what that means? Maybe it’s time for some ‘clases de Español!’ Two lucky winners will win either two (2) hours of private Spanish lessons or two (2) hours group Spanish lessons from seasoned Spanish teacher, Juan Carlos Jurado. 
Value: $240

Donated by Spanish for Business & Life. Private lessons are for one person; group lessons are minimum two persons; max five persons.

#5 A Lilly Lover Adventure!

You and your friends will have a private shopping experience at Lilly Pulitzer’s Madison Avenue store. Breakfast in the morning or cocktails and savories at night. One-on-one attention from trained specialists will help you pick what’s perfect for you with special access to pre-order from future collections. As the host(ess) you’ll receive a special gift and 10% of sales from your shopping fun will be donated back to the charity of your choice (The Children’s Aid? Hint, hint!)

Value: $1,000

Donated by Lilly Pulitzer, reservations required.

#6 Summer Time Bodies

The summer is approaching quickly – are you prepared? Have no fear, Equinox is here. Take advantage of any of the prestigious Equinox gyms in the city for the next three months and get your body ready for the beach! 

Value: $525

Donated by Equinox.

#7, 8, & 9 Weekend getaway…but not far away

Whether it’s a staycation or a weekend away for friends, enjoy the comfort and elegance of the Duane Street Hotel during a reprieve from real life. Located in the chic TriBeCa neighborhood, the Duane Street Hotel offers proximity to highly acclaimed restaurants, shopping, galleries, and more! Three lucky winners will each receive a package for a two (2) night stay at the Duane Street Hotel.
Value: $1,000 (per two night stay)

Donated by Hersha Hospitality Trust. Rooms are based on availability and blackout dates apply. Reservations required per gift certificate.

#10 Chocolate Tasting, ooh la la!
You and a friend will experience the deluxe Tamanaco tasting at La Maison du Chocolat where you will explore the creation of chocolate from the origins of the cocoa beans through their transformation into refined and delicately blended bonbons. Prior to your tasting session, you will receive an exquisite new box with three different chocolates to start off your tasting adventure. In your one and a half hour Tamanaco session you will taste different couvertures with different cocoa percentages, bonbons and watch a ganache being prepared.

Value: $140

Donated by La Maison du Chocolat, reservations required. Expires December 31, 2011.

#11 Sunday Brunch at Benoit!
Savory Oeufs Meurette and sweet Boules de Berlin, the options are yours at Benoit - L’Esprit Bistro by Alain Ducasse. You and three friends will enjoy Sunday Brunch at this classic French bistro! Before browsing the local museums like MOMA or relaxing at the Sheep’s Meadow in Central Park, brunch at Benoit is just the way to start your adventures off right!   
Value: $150

Donated by Benoit – L’Esprit Bistro by Alain Ducasse. Reservations recommended.  

#12 The Perfect Accent!
Looking for that luxurious addition to your home décor? Or maybe your ideal touch of class is just a touch out of range. Look no further, couture is yours with these beautiful block print pillows courtesy of the Madeline Weinrib atelier. Two winners will each receive two pillows in Leila brick, Otto black and Thistle, completing any room in their home.

Value: $650 (per pair of pillows)

Donated by Madeline Weinrib Atelier. No exchanges.

#13 Cuff Me!
Adorn your wrist or that of a loved one with this handcrafted cuff knitted on silver wire.  This piece of art was created with freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, shells, and an array of semi-precious stones including onyx.

Each bracelet is a true, one-of-a-kind adornment. 

Value: $150

Donated & Designed by Suzanne Simonelli.

#14 Let us make dinner for you!
Who doesn’t like to be catered to? Dinner that is. You and up to five friends can get a screaming deal on a catered dinner party catered by ABC Abbey Bell Catering with 25% off a dinner party for six!

Value: $62

Donated by ABC Abbey Bell Catering.  Expires September 11, 2011. Groceries not included. 5 hour minimum. 

#15 Bikini Booty Camp
Hard work pays off, right? Well, it certainly will when under the supervision of Shanna Farrar of 360Fit. Choose your ten pack of Shanna’s gamut of fitness classes and watch them tone and shape you into bikini body shape! Classes include boot camps, dance classes, yoga, and more! 

Value: $125

Donated by 360Fit.

#16 Dinner for two with a view
You and a companion will dine at Tom Colicchio’s newly opened and highly acclaimed Riverpark restaurant located overlooking the East River. While enjoying the gorgeous venue, you can feast on modern-American food from acclaimed chef, Sisha Ortuzar. Don’t forget to peruse the creative wizardry of Riverpark’s cocktail menu too! 

Value: $150

Donated by Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark Restaurant. Reservations suggested. Gift certificate expires 5/11/12.

#17 How the hair are you?
We all know the cost of a phenomenal coiffeur can be pricey in the city. Get elite treatment by veteran stylist Meagan of M. Mcleod Hair. Your locks will be treated to a beautiful base color and highlights, getting you back on the street in style in no time. This trendy salon in Chelsea is truly an oasis in the City…high ceilings and hardwood floors.  But most of all you will get gorgeous highlights from Meagan who is truly an artist at creating a natural color and hair that is wonderfully conditioned. 

Value: $350

Donated by M. Mcleod Hair. Appointment Required.

#18 Parlez-vous Francais o Prefiere Espanol?
Even if you can’t actually expand your horizons beyond New York City, you can expand your grasp on another cultural experience by learning a new language. Kick off the culture shock with three hours of your choice of Spanish or French Lessons. You never know where it might take you!   

Value: $180

Donated by Carla Zeballos.

#19 What goes best with Cheese – um, everything?
Soft cheese, hard cheese, stinky cheese – cheese is the forte of New York City’s oldest and best cheese shop, Murray’s Cheese. Why not learn a little more about cheese in this cheese tasting for two. You and a friend will attend Cheese 101where the instructor will lead you through a scrumptious tasting of fresh and bloomy cheeses, washed rind and aged, plus a variety of cow, sheep, and goat cheese, all while learning about cheese-making and cheese-pairing fundamentals. Oh, and you’ll be sipping wine in class too!  

Value: $100

Donated by Murray’s Cheese. Reservations required for class.

#20 Cute Eco-cut

As we shed the winter wardrobe, we might consider shedding the layers – of hair that is! Get your updated cute do at the eco-friendly Arena Salon with Serene Fortini located in the Lower East Side.

Value: $100

Donated by Serene Fortini of Arena Salon. Appointments for Tuesday or Wednesday only. Expires August 11, 2011.


#21 Serendipitous it is!

Peanut Butter Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate, “Can’t Say No” Sundae, Apricot Smush, so many choices, what will you pick? Luckily, the lucky winner of this prize gets a $50 gift certificate to the famous Serendipity 3. One suggestion – take friends to help you lick the plate!

Value: $50

Donated by Serendipity 3.


#22 From Porch to Plane

Set off on a trip for two with two tickets on Southwest Airlines, now departing from New York’s LaGuardia airport. Fly anywhere Southwest flies with your favorite flying companion! Southwest has generously donated two roundtrip tickets on any scheduled services between any two cities within the Southwest Airline system.

Value: $800

Donated by Southwest Airlines, reservations required. $800 maximum value. No restrictions or blackout dates. Please see donation for rules & regulations. Tickets expire 6/1/2012.

#23 Native New Yorker – Rebecca Rubin

For the child at heart or a fabulous gift for the special child in your life, American Girl’s Rebecca doll and accompanying book is a treat for all! As a girl growing up in New York City in 1914, Rebecca celebrates treasured traditions passed down through her Russian-Jewish family. With a little creativity, Rebecca learns how to stay true to her heart as she follows her dreams in the big city.
Value: $100

Donated by American Girl.

#24, 25, 26, & 27 La Vida Italiana

Do you love everything Italian? Food, Wine, Cooking, Italian cities, Italian people? Or maybe you’d like to love these things but need the proper exposure. Immerse yourself in the culture with a year subscription to La Cucina Italiana Magazine with recipes, interviews, travel tips, and other insights into this Mediterranean Mecca. Four subscriptions and four special aprons available for four lucky guests!

Value: $25 (per 1-year subscription)

Donated by La Cucina Italiana Magazine.

#28 Glam it up!

Strutting around Manhattan from morning to night usually means you’re toting all the essentials with you to transform from work to evening and all the in between. Glam it up with this hip Betsey Johnson tote and cinch yourself in for the ride with a variety of fun belts to accessorize any outfit!
Value: $150

Donated by Raffaele Provvisiero

#29 & 30 Eat. Drink. Save Money.
You live in greatest city in the world.  Why not take advantage of one of its finest offerings?  It’s dining.  Whether you need a night away from the kitchen or simply want to continue on with your culinary adventures, Restaruant.com makes it easier than ever to splurge.  And why not?  You’re worth it!
Value: $100 (per gift certificate)
Donated by Restaurant.com

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