By Gabriela Resto-Montero
KIPS BAY — The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club will lose out on $1 million from its annual Decorator Show House Fundraiser after organizers postponed the event until the fall when the townhouse they planned on using was sold to a private buyer.
Every year, the club raises money for its after-school programs for children in the Bronx by charging visitors $30 each to check out the designs of top decorators like Celerie Kemble and Robert Verdi.
This year's show was scheduled to begin April 30, but the home at 26 West 76th Street was sold to a private buyer for $19.5 million before the show, the New York Observer reported.
The sale left organizers scrambling to find a new location.
“The Show House must go on, and it will," Kemble said in a statement. "The funds raised are vitally important to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s important work for children, and we in the design community are ready to rally and scramble in any way we can to help our friends at Kips.”
Design enthusiasts will be missing out on a gem— the seven-bedroom house features two kitchens and laundry rooms as well as two terraces.
Since its inception in 1973, the showcase has raised $16 million for the club.
A new location for the fall show had not yet been decided.