2015 Benefit House Tour A Smashing Success!

2015 Benefit House Tour A Smashing Success!
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Yesterday’s 17th Annual GVSHP Benefit Village House Tour and reception was a smashing success.

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Some of the incredible art found on the tour at the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation

One of our highest grossing benefits ever, we had incredible weather, spectacular houses, a glorious reception with food and beverages at Ristorante Rafele.

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Some of Mr. Gross’ sculptures on display.

We are also incredibly grateful for the wine donated by Frederick Wildman and Sons, incredible support from local businesses who feed our more than 150 volunteers and donated gifts to the generous homeowners who opened their homes for our tour, a perfect ticket pick up site provided by the Salmagundi Club, and lovely programs and benefit materials designed by Studio Usher.

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One of the many beautiful homes on this year’s tour — but you have to go on the tour to see the interiors!

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The view from the spectacular roofdeck of one of the homes on this year’s tour.

And of course none of this would have been possible without the hard work of the entire GVSHP Benefit Committee, including chairs Leslie Mason and Cassie Glover, Vice-Chair Kyung Choi Bordes, and volunteer coordinator Kate Bostock-Shefferman; our more than 150 volunteers; and the incredible GVSHP staff who worked so hard on this event, including tour coordinator Drew Durniak, Programs Director Ted Mineau, Director of Preservation and Research Amanda Davis, Administrative Assistant Meaghan Collins, Director of Operations Sam Moskowitz, Special Projects and East Village Director Karen Loew, and past Director of Operations Sheryl Woodruff.

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The gracious surroundings of the Salmagundi Club served as the perfect spot to begin the tour.

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Ristorante Rafele provided warmth, hospitality, and delicious food and beverages at the post-tour reception.

Special thanks also go to all of the GVSHP trustees and other volunteers who captained houses and kept everything running so smoothly throughout the day.

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Mr. Gross’ studio.

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An incredible array of sculptures and paintings could be seen at the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation.

And most of all, thanks go to everyone who bought tickets and supported the tour, especially our very generous sponsors and benefactors.  You make GVSHP’s education, documentation, and advocacy work possible, and help us to preserve, protect, and promote the special history and built environment of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.

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Tour goers relaxed and enjoyed the day after the tour at Ristorante Rafele’s.

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More of the delightful sculpture to be found at the Gross Foundation.

GVSHP’s Annual benefit House Tour is always the first Sunday in May, so circle May 1, 2016 on your calendar now!

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In addition to Mr. Gross’ work, the foundation has an astonishing array of works by other noted 20th century artists, including Willem de Kooning and Jacob Lawrence, pictured above.

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More images of the studio of out which Chaim Gross worked and produced these incredible sculptures.

There will be more official pictures from this year’s house tour to share soon.  In the meantime, if you would like to see pictures from prior ear’s house tours, just go to our flickr page.

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A house from the tour.

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More sculpture at the Gross Foundation.

More information on other upcoming GVSHP programs can be found here, and to support GVSHP, click here.

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Andrew Berman

Andrew Berman has been the Executive Director of GVSHP since 2002.

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