Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Turns to a Designer Pop-Up Store for Fundraising
By Gabriela Resto-Montero
MIDTOWN EAST — The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club will be counting on a pop-up store instead of a show house to ease their financial woes this spring.
Several well known designers have donated antiques, art, clothing and furniture for a pop up store at 207 East 57th Street to benefit the club.
"The outpouring of support from the design community has been tremendous and touching," said Daniel Quintero, executive director of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, in a statement.
The store will feature Schlumberger for Tiffany gold earrings, Royal Copenhagen china, Henredon nightstands and other luxury items. It will run from May 20 through May 23.
Tickets for the opening party, sponsored by online retailer One Kings Lane, will sell for $125 for individuals and $250 for Patrons.
Organizers hope the store will help the club recover some of the estimated $1 million in funds they hoped to receive from their recently cancelled show house fundraiser.
Since the 1970s, the club has put on a show house where luxury designers decorate a model home and charge an entry fee for the public.
This year, however, the townhouse they planned on using at 26 West 75th St. was sold to a private buyer for $19.5 million before the show could open.
The show house, which usually raises $1 million for the club, has been postponed until the fall. No date or location has been announced yet.