Zachary Quinto Honored at Design On A Dime
Housing Works is a NYC gem – an organization that does great work supporting people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Their mission: to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through advocacy and relentless advocacy, the provision of life-saving services and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain their efforts. Much anticipation is built behind the annual Design on a Dime Awards because of this important mission, the glamour behind the event, the honored guests, and the shopping opportunities. In preparation for this year’s 4th annual Design on a Dime Awards Dinner, I found myself shopping for a gown at Housing Works while coincidentally wearing a dress I previously purchased there.
This year, Housing Works honored the work of actor, producer and activist Zachary Quinto, interior designer, Jamie Drake and HIV/AIDS activist Mary Fisher. Guests gathered at the beautiful Metropolitan Pavilion, outfitted with stylish room vignettes sponsored by ELLE DÉCOR, Paris K Design, Mark Cunningham Inc., and other notable designers, to sip wine and partake in a full dinner in support of Housing Works.
Barbara Bush, activist and granddaughter to the former first lady, presented an award to wave making HIV/AIDS activist Mary Fisher who delivered golden nuggets of wisdom and had this to say:
“I think of Housing Works as a living testimony of truth. They are helping people living with HIV/AIDS who are not the needy and the despised. They are the courageous who have not given up or give in. They are role models for survival.” –Mary Fisher
The debonair Zachary Quinto told his story of the decision to come out as an openly gay man in response to the growing problem of suicide among LGBT youth. Specifically, Quinto was moved to tell his story in response to the suicide of 14 year old teen Jamie Rodemeyer.
“I simply stood up. I was a witness in my truth. And while I couldn’t help Jamie, or any of his fallen comrades, I was set free in a way that could potentially benefit thousands of other LBGT youths still struggling to find a purpose and place in an often cruelly and unsupportive circumstances,” Quinto shared with guests during the dinner.
The event preceded Housing Works’ Design On A Dime Opening Night Reception where VIPs were invited to preview over 60 room vignettes filled with coveted stylish housewares and furniture. The proceeds from the sale of these items benefit Housing Work’s next project: homes for homeless New Yorkers suffering from HIV/AIDS.