NEW YORK, NY – On October 22, 2014 Pencils of Promise (PoP) celebrated their 4th annual Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. “Everyone has a promise” is the organization’s mission as they help raise funds for education programs and operations in locations where it is needed the most such as Ghana (Africa), Guatemala (Central America), and Laos (Southeast Asia). PoP also encourages young leaders around the world to take positive action both locally and globally.
1-800-FLOWERS.COM has been thrilled to work with the organization for the past five years including the support of all four Galas, and was honored to be able to donate the education inspired floral centerpieces for the event.
Every year the PoP Gala honors very important individuals that have a positive impact on education. Hosted by Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise Adam Braun, this year’s honorees included Actress and Activist Sophia Bush, CEO of Vaynermedia Gary Vaynerchuk, and PoP Chairman & CMO of Scooter Braun Projects Brad Haugen. Honoree remarks took place following the cocktail reception and dinner. Although Sophia Bush couldn’t be there in person, she spoke to the audience via a heartfelt video to communicate how much she loves the mission of PoP, and how honored she was to receive the award.
“We are delighted to support Pencils of Promise, as we recognize the importance of education and training to help individuals grow both professionally and personally.”
– Chris McCann, President, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM
During Gary Vaynerchuk’s motivating speech, he spoke of his experience being first generation of Belarusian parents and the opportunities that paved the way for him to connect with Pencils of Promise on a personal level. Longtime PoP member Brad Haugen spoke of his love for the organization and how it has changed his life saying, “If we don’t love what we’re doing than we’re doing something wrong.”
Following the inspiring speeches, an exciting live auction was held by animated Auctioneer CK Swett. The live auction featured a variety of items including but not limited to: private studio and DJ lessons with acclaimed Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, lunch with Chicago P.D. star and PoP 2014 Gala Honoree Sophia Bush, an on-set experience with Dancing with the Stars, wine tasting with PoP Honoree and wine enthusiast Gary Vaynerchuk, an Elton John VIP Concert Experience, among others.
1-800-FLOWERS.COM Vice President, Brand Strategy, Lisa Hendrikson who manages our PoP relationship says, “We are proud to be avid supporters of Pencils of Promise for the past five years. Last year, we launched our prom program where a portion was donated to the organization from all corsages and boutonnieres sold in our flower shops and online. With the proceeds raised, we have successfully been able to build classrooms for students in need which is the best gift of all.”