On Thursday, March 24, 2016, East Side House Settlement hosted the 17th Annual Gala Preview of the 2016 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. More than 1,300 guests from the worlds of finance, fashion, society, and philanthropy enjoyed a private viewing of the entire auto show before it officially opened to the public on March 25. The Gala Preview included cocktails, a private dinner for Benefactors, and a curated display of the latest Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. Adding to the night’s festivities were signature cocktails by STK, cachaca provided by Yaguara, and music by DJ Gaspar Muniz.
The Gala Preview was chaired by Chris LaSusa, Philip L. Yang, and Joan P. Young, and the Benefit Committee was chaired by Mirella Afonso, Rafael Azzi, Helio Campos, Maria Cecilia B. Campos, Sam P.C. Dangremond, Anne Deane, Manuela Giannini, Aline Pimentel, and Mariana Zois.
The highlight of the evening was an exciting live auction of the hotly-anticipated 2017 Jaguar F-PACE First Edition, the special model created to celebrate the launch of the brand’s first performance SUV. Other exciting live auction packages included the opportunity for 4 guests to dine at famed New York institution Rao’s; a three-night stay at Blackberry Farms; a VIP experience in a private Mets Skybox at Citi Field; and an exclusive golf outing at Jasna Polana.