The 68th annual Parsons Benefit, which will take place at Pier Sixty in New York on May 23, will recognize four influential women as honorees.
Donna Karan, fashion designer and Parsons graduate; Sarah Jessica Parker; art curator, philanthropist and New School for Social Research graduate Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Arianna Huffington will be honored. The women are being recognized for their influence in fashion, art, performance and media, as well as the work they have accomplished in promoting positive social change.
Andy Cohen, executive producer of Bravo’s “What What Happens Live,” will host the gala.
The annual benefit raises money for student scholarships so they can pursue their studies in art, design, business, technology and social innovation.
Joel Towers, executive dean of The New School’s Parsons School of Design, said, “After 68 years of Fashion Benefits, we are now partnering with our sister schools in the College of Performing Arts — bringing design and performance together. We think this combines two of the great strengths of New York City. And finally, we’re celebrating the first year of leadership under our new Dean of the School of Fashion, Burak Cakmak, who has made this collaboration possible.”
The evening’s program will include several live musical performances from students of The New School’s College of Performing Arts, including Linda Briceño, a two-time Latin Grammy nominee and student at the School of Jazz.
The gala will conclude with a runway show featuring the work of graduating BFA Fashion Design students who are finalists in the “Designer of the Year Award.”
The benefit chairs for the event are Kay Unger, the fashion designer who is chair of the board of governors at Parsons; Mortimer Singer, president and chief executive officer of Marvin Traub Associates, and Linda Rappaport, a partner at Shearman and Sterling LLP, and chair of the board of governors at Mannes School of Music. Josh Wood Productions will produce the benefit.