It was a busy Thursday evening in New York last night! The biggest charity event of the evening was the Autism Speaks Summer Benefit (pictured above), held this year at the New York Stock Exchange. Elsewhere, socials were able to eat to their hearts content at "The Hunger" pop-up restaurant, and then burn the calories off at the Crunch 21st Birthday Celebration.-
AS2PY's Summer Event At The NYSE
Last night the hallowed floor of the New York Stock Exchange played guest to Autism Speaks' Summer Event. The nonprofit's young professional set gathered for a free-flowing supply of cocktails, appetizers and live music, all in the name of raising autism awareness.
Donated by NYSE CEO Duncan Niederauer, the trading floor, with its sleek wood floors, endless TV screens and running numbers, provided a sophisticated and exclusive setting for the evening. The hundreds of shouting stockbrokers by day were supplanted by charitable (and elegantly dressed) New Yorkers from diverse professions.
While learning about autism and raising funds for research, guests mingled, networked, and let loose, hitting the various drink stations serving a plethora of different vodka flavors. For party-happy guests reluctant to cut the night short, there was an after party at Red Velvet hosted by Status Group. Who said charity didn't have to be fun?
We Got Hungry, So Popped Up For Some Argentinean BBQ
"The Hunger" is a pop up restaurant series that has been surprising and feeding happy New Yorkers all week. Last night, the restaurant "popped up" at The Yard at SoHo Grand. Hospitality gurus Alan Philips and Josh Shames of Sky Group put together the event alongside Top Chef alum Camille Becerra. Picnic tables created a fun dining experience for guests as they chowed down on Argentinean barbecue.
Sets, Grunts & Rock 'N Roll At Crunch's 21st Birthday Party!
Things got pretty rowdy last night at Crunch Gym as the gym turned 21! Exotic cowgirls entertained guests all night long. When this grew tiresome, they tried their hand at a little beer pong or satisfied their late night munchies with some pizza. Sounds like an awesome 21st birthday... don't we all wish we could have had a 21st celebration like this!?