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23rd Annual Artists for Africa Benefit in NYC

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The African Rainforest Conservancy's 23rd Annual Artists for Africa Benefit will be held at The Bowery Hotel in NYC on January 29, 2014. The benefit will raise funds to preserve and restore African rainforests - among the oldest and most bio-diverse in the world. The night will be honoring Thomas Kaplan with a New Species Award and Sarah Collins with an Environmental Innovation Award.

Special evening

The African Rainforest Conservancy's Master of Ceremonies Thomas J. McGrath will kick off the special evening, in memory of Advisory Board Member James Gandolfini, with a silent and live auction of over 30 pieces of art, a cocktail reception and V.I.P. dinner, and after-party to follow with a special performance by DJ Cary Nokey.

Guests in attendance will include Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset star Mercedes “MJ” Javid and artists Dustin Yellin, Anne Koch, Spencer Tunick, Hunt Slonem and Erik Parker. Also attending the benefit are Cocktail After-Party Committee members Quentin Jones and Waris Ahluwali and sponsors, The Bowery Hotel, Extraordinary Journeys, Gardenia Organic, Gruet Winery, Hahn Family Wines, Industry City Distillery, Nihiwatu Resort, Peak Organic, Tirado Distillery, Selous Safari Company, Coastal Aviation, Paddle8, Pointy Snout Caviar, and VOSS.

Protect and preserve

For over 20 years, The African Rainforest Conservancy has worked alongside its field partner the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) to support a network of 140 villages in eight mountain and coastal regions throughout Tanzania that are protecting 3,000 square kilometers of forest – an area 1,000 times the size of New York’s Central Park.


When: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Where: The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, New York City

Time: 6:30pm -Caviar & Champagne Silent Auction

7:30pm - Dinner & Live Auction

9:00pm - Cocktail After Party

For more information, contact Whitney Larkin, executive director, (212) 431-5508 or



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