Despite stormy weather, design professionals made their way to the ninth annual Summer Cruise last Thursday, September 12, benefitting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. The event was bittersweet as guests remembered Lana Lawrence, founder of BiTTT and vp of Anthony-Lawrence Belfair, who died on August 11 after a battle with lung cancer.
“We're so grateful to the Kips Bay committee for honoring my mother Lana Lawrence, and our company Anthony Lawrence-Belfair on this year’s cruise,” said James Lawrence, Lana’s son. “It was a very humbling experience to see all the love that the design community has for Lana. She was an amazing talent and one that will not be forgotten or replaced. The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club is such a wonderful organization and we are happy to support such a great cause for many more years to come.”
A long-time friend and colleague of Lawrence’s, interior designer Alexa Hampton, shared words commemorating Lawrence’s life.
Clockwise from left: Charles Pavrini III, Alexa Hampton, James Lawrence and Joseph Calgana (Lana's brother)
The event took place on a docked yacht, the Cornucopia Majesty, and showcased the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Performing Arts Club which did their rendition of the opening number of the Tony Award winning play, In The Heights.
Pavarini and Iris Dankner, founder of Holiday House
“I feel a strong calling to support the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in every way that I can and always have,” said event chair Charles Pavarini, III. “While I have no children of my own I feel compelled to fulfill my role to help guide as many as possible. The cruise was my brainchild and has become my strongest venue to bring funding to the charity. It joins key people within the industry to celebrate giving back in an environment just far enough removed from reality to make everyone feel the joy of their combined support. Not to mention, it’s a great party for dancing and making solid connections. There’s something to be said for having so many fans and strong supporters ‘all in the same boat’.”
Alumna Kristina Gonzalez shared her Kips Bay story to the awe of the audience—how she had benefitted from the services provided at Kips Bay and is now giving back.
Industry supporters who sponsor the event each year include Sarah L. Boles, Anthony Lawrence-Belfair, Mark Hampton LLC, New York Design Center, David Scott Interiors, Sacco Carpets, Fort Street Studio, Lillian August, Timothy & Associates Interior Design, Archives ID, Christina Juarez and Company, Donghia, Nina Reeves Communications, Poltrona Frau Group and Sferra.
All proceeds from the event benefited the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.