Hickey Freeman Supports Best Buddies New York

Last month, Hickey Freeman attended the Best Buddies New York Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert.

David Bryan and Elaine Kwon perform a piano duo to demonstrate that two can be stronger than one.

The silent auction and concert, held at the famed Carnegie Hall in NYC, raised money to support Best Buddies New York, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD),” according to their mission statement.

A Hickey Freeman suit, wrapped up in plastic to protect from rain, on its way to Carnegie Hall for our display at the silent auction.

Among other services, Best Buddies matches people with intellectual disabilities in one-to-one friendships with members of schools and communities. As two friends form a “pair” through Best Buddies program, the concert highlighted the strengths of those pairs. Some pieces were played as duets, featuring piano, violin, viola, and vocals; some incorporated tap dance or ballet; one Rachmaninoff piano duo was even paired with a glass of wine.

We snuck backstage before the event!

Founder and Chairman Anthony Kennedy Shriver made opening remarks, touching on the importance of friendship and volunteering. The most poignant moment occurred after intermission, when two Best Buddies participants from the local Millenium High School spoke before the audience about their mutually enriching friendship and what they learned from each other. The concert ended with an upbeat piano duo incorporating two pianos performed by David Bryan of Bon Jovi and prize-winning pianist Elaine Kwon.

We were proud to donate a Made to Measure Hickey Freeman suit valued at $2000 for the silent auction that supported Best Buddies New York programs. To learn about how you can get involved in Best Buddies, visit http://www.bestbuddies.org.

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