Recently, I attended a cocktail party for DIFFA: Dining By Design. DIFFA is a national foundation that has funded early initiatives and a wide range of programs. It also actively supports programs aimed at protecting the legal rights and security of people living with HIV/AIDS. Dining By Design is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers that features a variety of dining installations displayed for 5 days. Designers, manufacturers, ad creative individuals come together to produce these incredible installations. This year’s theme was unity, which was fitting both in creating the displays as well as bringing people together in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
All of the installations were remarkable, but I want to highlight my favorites. I loved the Mckenzie Liautaud and Robert Verdi installation that was inspired by the river and sea. It had a great mix of pearls, crystal, and silver. I also enjoyed the Rockwell Group creation that paid homage to James McNeil Whistler’s “The Peacock Room.” The installation featured a custom made peacock-feather tablecloth and a digital wallcovering that made for an exotic, beautiful space. Lastly, the Patrick Mele for Benjamin Moore installation was remarkable. It had a mix of pinks, gold, cream, and silver, a beautiful chandelier, and an elegant vibe all around.
In addition to the installations, the event also hosted a silent auction. The auction included items such as an pillows, artwork, lamps, armchairs, and travel packages. The event raised around $800,000 to benefit DIFFA’s initiatives for HIV/AIDS. What a worthy cause and memorable evening!