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Holiday Commerce Meets Cause As MacKenzie-Childs Supports Best Buddies

Originally Posted: November 22, 2010

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

The iconic holiday elegance that is pure MacKenzie-Childs. (Douglas Harrington)

New York City - Last week the MacKenzie-Childs Manhattan flagship store on 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan combined a preview of this season's stunning holiday home goods with support for a very noble charity, Best Buddies.

Best Buddies founder Anthony Kennedy Shriver and MacKenzie-Childs CEO Lee Feldman.

Guests were ushered in by the signature MacKenzie-Childs fanfare of two tuxedoed trumpeters and were transported into a winter wonderland of holiday home furnishing gifts in the iconic, artisan style that is so identifiable with this stalwart American brand. From snow globes to ceramic gingerbread houses to dazzling tree ornaments, the trademark black and white checkerboard pattern was complimented with colors of the season and incorporated into most of the unique designs created by commissioned artists from around the world at their upstate design studios in Aurora, New York.

On hand was Best Buddies chairman Anthony Kennedy Shriver, who as a college student at Georgetown in 1989 founded the organization which created the opportunity for one-on-one friendships between his fellow classmates and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has since grown from its original Georgetown chapter to more than 1,500 college, high school and middle school campuses across the country and around the world and includes integrated employment and leadership opportunities.

Author Glenn Plaskin was in attendance with the new canine love of his life Lucy, a beautiful blonde bombshell of a Cocker Spaniel. A few weeks earlier Plaskin had a book signing event at MacKenzie-Childs for "KATIE: Up and Down the Hall," the heart warming story of Lucy's predecessor Katie and her impact on the lives of three separate families sharing a hallway in an apartment building in lower Manhattan that she brought together as a family.

Also in attendance was MacKenzie-Childs CEO Lee Feldman, as proceeds from the evening's event went to support Best Buddies. Shopping and gazing in awe were Shriver's Georgetown classmate Tatiana Platt who co-chairs the Hamptons Best Buddies fundraiser each summer with her husband Campion, Jason and Haley Binn and Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst at the beautiful McInerney/Hearst Water Mill home.

Author Glenn Plaskin, Lucy and Santa Claus.

Other guests enjoying the camaraderie, champagne and hors d'oeuvres included Chele Upton Chiavacci, Emma Snowdon-Jones, Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord with their boys Johan and Francois, Jan Miller, Tracy Stern, Rebecca Proctor, Howard Cohen, John Carlin, Somers Farkas, Peter Rosenthal, Amy Rosi, Mikhail Gurfinkel, Oleg Svintstski, Mark Bergadon and Best Buddies spoke person Marisa Kurlowicz, among others. Socialite and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff was also on hand and would be returning within days for another MacKenzie-Childs' commerce supporting cause event, as she hosted a benefit for Southampton Hospital at the Manhattan store.

Along with handmade holiday cards created upon request and the hand painting of a holiday mural that would be auctioned off upon completion to benefit Best Buddies, Santa Claus wandered the store posing for pictures, chatting with guests and, of course, offering his lap to the many boys and girls in attendance who wanted to share their Christmas wish lists with Jolly Old Saint Nick.

Once again, publicist Liza Lori and her crew threw a fabulous event for an equally fabulous organization, Best Buddies. MacKenzie-Childs not only reflected the spirit of the season in their iconic and artistic holiday offerings, they reflected it in their corporate commitment to altruistic commerce in support of an organization that is changing the way the world thinks about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, one Best Buddy at a time.

For more information go to www.bestbuddies.org and www.MacKenzie-Childs.com.

Stunning table services to enhance any holiday gathering accented with the unmistakable MacKenzie-Childs black and white check pattern.

Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

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