Continued from Mark French
Remarkable Kids) initiative. The panel and party took place on November 12, 2013 at the Art Directors’ Club in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. The interactive discussion was led by Canopy Brand Group’s Strategy Director, John Krubski; the panel of entrepreneurs included: Beth Bugdaycay, CEO & Co-Founder of the Rebecca Taylor fashion brand, Brooke Ely Danielson, Associate Editor of Accessories at GLAMOUR magazine, Marc Sampogna, Founder and Managing Director of Canopy Brand Group, Marie Camaya, Senior Director of Event Marketing at Nickelodeon, and Mark French, Founder of Court Grip and Partner in Mission Athletecare.
As students and guests arrived to the Art Directors’ Club, DJ Mad Linx set the ambience with lively tracks. Everyone was then treated to refreshments from Deep River Snacks, BluePrintCleanse and mini-ice cream cupcakes from Once Upon A Cupcake NYC. Bareburger was also on deck serving samples of their healthy shakes. All attendees also received a free raffle ticket for prizes from sponsors Madame Tussaud’s, Spider-Man on Broadway, Sierra Mist, and Brooklyn Bowl.
Silent auctions were conducted in the Google Lounge for gifts from Cookie Lee Accessories, Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers, and Estee Lauder. The evening focused on igniting and inspiring students from NYC high schools. Beth, Brooke, Marc, Marie, and Mark provided students with real-life stories of their experiences, insights into achieving academic and career goals, and, consistent with the event’s focus, advice on creating and sustaining mentor-protégé relationships. The panel discussion came to an end with a Q&A portion where the students got to ask the closing questions. Following the Q&A, the upbeat vibe kicked into high gear. Chris Hernandez from America’s Next Top Model introduced the evening’s teen fashion show (sponsored by Aéropostale and styled by celebrity stylist Jay Johnson). Chris kept the students energized by asking them to share their dreams with the crowd. DJ Mad Linx then spun more tracks as he MC’d and conducted the raffle draws. SPARK’s evening ended with the structured Breakout Sessions, in which students had the chance to go one-on-one with the panelists, and apply for Mentorships at their respective companies. The students also got to mix, mingle and get advice from the evening’s guests. New York Giants Cornerbacks Corey Webster and Aaron Ross were on hand, as well as Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, model Elliot Sailors, recording artist Justin and some of the city’s top business professionals. The night ended with complimentary gift bags from sponsors Urnex, Pirate’s Booty, Positive Connections to the World, hook + ALBERT, Ali & Kris, Blackstreak Entertainment, Bella Public Relations, The Rockefeller Group, Watson Adventures, and Udderly Smooth.
Canopy Brand Group and The Tesla Group are happy to give information to anyone who wants to get involved
Final image credit (3rd pic with the tweets) — Alex H. Yong