Fiesta for a Cause: Project Paz’s Annual Auction

Guests nursed cocktails inspired by Maestro Dobel and Bohemia under strands of bulb lights and papel picadostreamers as George Sotelo and David Lipke spun tunes last night at the fourth annual Project Paz Art Auction. Art and fashion luminaries such as Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul came out to support Project Paz, a non-profit committed to promoting peace and helping kids off the streets in Juarez, Mexico. Guests spent the evening bidding in an art auction, sitting for portrait sketches, a photo booth, shopping a pop-up shop, and partaking in music, and of course, lots of food and drink.

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The art auction was comprised of two collections. The contemporary collection, curated by Anne Huntington, consisted of 40 works inspired by the art, history and culture of Mexico. Among them were pieces by such visionaries as Alex Hank and Erika Harrsch. The second collection featured 12 photographs, taken by students who participated in this summer’s Pictures for Paz pilot program. “We picked images that feel like Mexico—we tried to capture a mood that ties them back to Juarez: the landscape, the colors, the workers,” said Annette Stephens who helped curate the photographs.

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The deluge of support from the art and fashion community was inspiring to say the least. Jason Wu and cohost Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea posed for pictures while Vogue’s Eugenia Miranda and Lucia Talt admired the photographs. The evening ended on a sweet note thanks to the La Newyorkina Paleta cart that surprised guests ice pops. The news that all our fun (boozing) had raised over $100,000 for the organization was a sweet surprise as well. Olé!

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