Scenes From the CITTA Benefit

Scenes From the CITTA Benefit

by Khalid El Khatib

Michael Daube, Executive Director of CITTA with Elizabeth Hummer and Mickey Boardman

Michael Daube and friend

Jake Greene, Allie Fitzpatrick, Dan Groth and Guyton Porter

Mickey Boardman, Hunter Hill and friend

Over the past week, Mickey Boardman and friends raised nearly $17,000 for CITTA - a nonprofit dedicated to providing access to healthcare, education, and economic development in India and Nepal. This money will pay for college scholarships for graduates of the CITTA High School in Juanga, India.

Juanga is located in one of India's poorest states, where it's not uncommon for a family to earn less than $1,000 per year. $2,000 covers everything -- from room and board to tuition and supplies -- for one student's two years of junior college. $2,000 (less than an annual Equinox membership) can help them escape poverty. And thanks to this week's efforts, eight kids are going to college.

On the first full-day of summer, more than 100 guests raised $4,000 dollars at The Django, in TriBeCa's Roxy Hotel. PAPER's own Andrew Keller, Guyton Porter, Jamie Granoff, Khalid El Khatib, Peter Davis, and Theron Long joined Benny Morecock, Bibhu Mohapatra, Dana Brown, Ella Cepeda, Hunter Hill, Jennifer Sample, Laura Willis, Michael Daube, and Oberon Sinclair as hosts.

Guest appearances from a few of the (clothed) CockyBoys heated things up and SVEDKA provided much-needed cocktails to cool things down (made with their new Cucumber Lime and Mango Jalapeno flavors). The intimate setting of the Django provided a great backdrop for conversation about the cause.

Last weekend, Mickey's Celebrity Sidewalk Sale -- held at Screaming Mimi's -- raised $13,000. The generous donations of designers like Baja East, Jeremy Scott, and others made for unique finds. Celebrities, scensters, and fashionistas like Lynn Jaeger and Michael Musto turned out to shop.

Check out the photos, and learn more about CITTA and donate at CITTA.org.

Photos by Jon Seneca

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