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Background

The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club was founded in 1915 and incorporated in 1922. Its mission is to provide boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 18 with programs and facilities aimed towards after school enrichment, and improving the quality of life and future for disadvantaged juveniles in New York’s Southeast Bronx. Services are provided at the Lucile Palmaro Clubhouse and six outreach locations. One of their outstanding alumna is Jennifer Lopez, who was a club member in the early stages of her career.

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Location

In 1969, the club moved its headquarters to the Soundview section of the Bronx where the Randall Avenue Clubhouse operates today. In 2002 work on a new Sports Complex was completed with the finishing of the ice rink and dome. In December, 2005, a greatly expanded community center, the West Bronx Clubhouse, an $8 million renovation that began in the fall of 2003, was dedicated to serve residents of the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx. The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has also recently taken over the Castle Hill Community Boys & Girls Club and a senior center previously run as the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club.

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Randall Avenue Clubhouse

Should you wish to donate to this worthy cause, donations may be sent to Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, 1930 Randall Ave, Bronx, N.Y. 10473. Visit their website at www.kipsbay.org or call 718-893-8600 ext. 245 for further information. For corporate sponsorship opportunities regarding upcoming events, please contact Jennifer Skoda at 212-755-5733

Reported by Yvonne Sartain. Information gathered from various sources. Photos by Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. See their website www.kipsbay.org for more information and photos.

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The Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Every year Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club holds it’s globally recognized, premier interior design showcase as a fundraiser benefiting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Pat Carey is the Chairman of the 2006 Decorator Show House Committee and Vice President of the Board of Trustees. Richard L. Ridge is the Chairman of the Designers’ Committee.

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Design showrooms donate fabrics, carpets, and furniture; industry sponsors, such as Philips, Electrolux, and Molteni, donate products; a full range of volunteers give their time and effort; and local decorators lend their talent and creativity into transforming a designated home into a dazzling showcase open for public viewing. This year the site is 4 East 75th Street in Manhattan, the former Harkness House. For more information on the designers, see jiyuushikan.org’s Featured Designers Section. For more information on the Harkness House, see jiyuushikan.org’s House History.

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Other Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Fundraising Events in 2006

April 12, 2006 Spring Theater Benefit ­ Three Days of Rain A performance of the new Richard Greenberg revival starring Julia Roberts

April 19, 2006 The President’s Preview & Dinner An intimate, exclusive viewing of the annual Show House includes Champagne served at the Show House followed by a seated black-tie dinner

April 24, 2006 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Opening Night Gala

June 5, 2006 Board of Managers Charity Golf Tournament Held at the Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck, New York. The day starts with a lunch buffet and ends with dinner. Live auction and raffles following the tournament Tickets price to be announced

June 14, 2006 Second Annual Kips Bay Summer Cruise Enjoy a luxury yacht tour around Manhattan, including dinner and dancing Chaired by Charles Pavarini, and sponsored by the Kips Bay Designers’ Committee Tickets are $250 each; $350 for Patron level

July 24, 2006 13th Annual Kips Bay Classic Golf Tournament Held at the exclusive Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, New York. The day begins with a luncheon buffet and ends with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a live auction following the tournament. Tickets price to be announced

September 13, 2006 Fall Theater Benefit ­ Tarzan A preview performance of this Disney hit with a Phil Collins score Ticket price $280 Orchestra/$230 Rear Orchestra

September 19, 2006 10th Annual Uptown House Tour

October 17, 2006 5th Annual Downtown House Tour A self-guided tour of the private residences of Kips Bay designers and their clients showcasing some of their best and most admired work Sponsored by Architectural Digest Tickets are $125 and $150 closer to the event, and space is limited

November 12, 2006 Family Theater Benefit A matinee of Mary Poppins, currently one of London’s biggest sensations Ticket price to be announced

November 16, 2006 Kips Bay’s 90th Anniversary Celebration Join alumni, supporters and friends for a celebration of Kips Bay’s impressive evolution Seated dinner at Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Ticket price to be announced

December 6, 2006 Sixth Annual Holiday Wonders The highlight of this cocktail party is a silent auction of holiday gifts created by Kips Bay designers and other luxury items Sponsored by Brunschwig & Fils and held at their showroom in the D&D Building Tickets are $125 each; $225 for Patron level

Call 718.893.8600 x245 or visit www.kipsbay.org for additional information or to purchase tickets for any of these events.