On 2/14/07, we held our first benefit, which we called “Share the Love.” Largely organized by FAC’s new board president, Autumn Brown, the event was held at The Stroll, an eco-friendly clothing store located in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn (recycledrejectshop.com). The Stroll is affiliated with the nearby Habana Outpost (HabanaOutpost.com). Habana Outpost is NY’s first eco-eatery, and they really walk the talk. Part of their mission is to facilitate community – hence how we ended up there. Sofia Santana, the manager of The Stroll, was unbelievably helpful; we could not have pulled this off without her.
Despite the inclement weather (remember the Valentine’s Day slush-storm?), we had a full house. We were entertained by Aisling Roche, Amelia, Keith Otten, Onome, and Zahava. Some lucky raffle winners walked away with fabulous prizes, most of which were donated by supporters, including Melissa King, Bluestockings Bookstore, Lagusta’s Luscious, and The Stroll.
We’re very happy to say that as a result of the benefit, we were able to purchase an LCD projector. This is something we’ve wanted for a long time, as having one means that we can now teach our workshops, and give lectures, pretty much anywhere. Most facilities, particularly non-corporate community spaces, do not have projectors, and getting one is often a stumbling block to giving a presentation. While we are lucky enough to have a projector available to us at the Continuum Center, where we currently teach our classes, we are excited about the possibility of teaching in other locations, both here in NY as well as elsewhere.
Thank you so much to everyone who made the benefit possible, and to all of you who came out and supported us, or who made donations We had a great time and are looking forward to our next one.