On the Town: A Whirlwind Week in New York
For New Yorkers, it seems that May is when most of our schedules are filled with business matters during the day and engagements at night! My calendar this month has definitely proven to be no different.
Monday, May 5
Afternoon with the First Lady
I, along with several other accomplished women, had the honor and privilege to host First Lady Michelle Obama at an intimate luncheon. It will by far remain one of the most memorable moments in my life!
Tuesday, May 6
O, The Oprah Magazine Photo Shoot
Way to Win Dinner
I had an early-morning photo shoot with the amazing staff of O! After the beauty team prepped and primped me, I was interviewed by the magazine and then off to capture shots of denim street style.
That same evening I attended the Way to Win Dinner. Win is a women’s organization that I am building a relationship with in order to support breaking the cycle of homelessness for women and their children. The dinner was touching, with a whopping 1,400 people in attendance.
Wednesday, May 7
Thirty-Second Annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon
Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS Gala
This, too, was a very fun event in my week. I attended a hat luncheon hosted by the Women’s Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Central Park Conservancy. During the luncheon, former mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was honored, and some of the most creative and colorful hats could be seen among the beautiful garden-themed decor.
Following the amazing luncheon, I went right into hair and makeup to prepare for the annual Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS Gala. I have served on the host committee for two years now, and I’ve hosted events to not only bring attention to the cause but raise money as well. It is by far one of the most touching and fulfilling organizations I have the honor of being a part of. Katharina Harf, who is the cofounder of Delete Blood Cancer, does an exceptional job with the gala and raising awareness for those battling all types of blood cancer. This year’s event was a bit more personal, as Dianne Abang, a friend I have known for years and who is in need of a bone marrow transplant, attended. I introduced her to Katharina and she has completely devoted herself to helping Lady Dee (as Dianne is referred to by friends) find a match.
It was a busy week, indeed, but one filled with lasting memories—and a major need to sleep for the next week and a half!
For more information on Win, visit www.winnyc.org.
For more information on Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS and to learn how to become a donor, visit www.deletebloodcancer.org.
It’s All About the Journey!
Kimberly J. Chandler
Photos: Courtesy of Kimberly Chandler