At the start of this month, our staff at Taste Collection partnered with the amazing Until There’s A Cure Foundation to honor and support World Aids Day on December 1st. As stated on their website, “Until There’s A Cure Foundation is a national organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and funds to combat this pandemic. Our goal is to fund prevention education, care services, and vaccine development, as well as to increase public awareness of AIDS using The Bracelet.” Their company brings consciousness to the understanding of this disease through their creation of certain jewelry and art, specifically “the Bracelet” that serves as a bridge to unite the fight against HIV/AIDS and we have the pleasure of carrying their products through the end of this month.
Our guest speaker for the event was the lovely David Landay, founder of the organization Broadway Cares /Equity Fights AIDS which helps men, women and children across the country receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance as one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Landay offered to give a speech for our Taste crowd contrasting the historical impact up to modern day times of this vicious disease and the social impact it has had and continues to have here in NYC. David personally lost his life partner and many friends to HIV/AIDS, as well as both of his parents and sister to cancer. When AIDS hit, David was producing on Broadway. As the publishers of US Macmillan write, “For the last seventeen years, Landay has served as a board member, officer, and adviser to a variety of organizations that assist people with life-challenging conditions.” We are so thankful for his motivating words and insightful Q & A.
After a thought-provoking and informative speech/ follow-up conversation led by David, the event shifted to feel a bit lighter, showcasing comedian Emily Wilson (@therealemilywilson) for her shoulder-shaking stand up routine! Thank you so much, Emily, for bringing light into our little shop and smiles to our customers faces!
Huge thanks as well to the wondrous @hairbyandrewnyc , Sweet Buttons Bakery next door for their red velvet cupcakes, for supporting us and @untilorg during our pop-up event on December 1st, World AIDS Day. Thanks also for all of the great people who came out and consistently help shape our Taste Family and please stop in to check out the lovely merchandise you can buy from the Until There’s A Cure Foundation! Cheers for now folks!