Housing Works announced today that they will honor award-winning journalist, Tamron Hall, and Executive Group President of The Estée Lauder Companies, John Demsey at their April 26th Groundbreaker Awards Dinner.

Housing Works is a New York-based organization that provides supportive services and stable housing to the homeless and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The non-profit works with advocacy offices across the country and abroad to fight for funding and legislation to ensure all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, prevention information and other life-sustaining services.

Award-winning journalist, Tamron Hall has been the host of “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” on Investigation Discovery since September 2013. She also brought her signature reporting style to the “Guns On Campus: Tamron Hall Investigates” special that explored the importance of securing one’s personal safety on public property. Hall was a part of the NBC News team as a co-host of the third hour of NBC News’ TODAY and the anchor of “MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall.” She received the 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award for Reporting: Hard News in Network Television for her segment on domestic violence as part of TODAY’s “Shine A Light” series. She has also hosted several special reports for MSNBC and NBC News including “Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall,” which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011, and she served as a correspondent for the NBC News special “The Inauguration of Barack Obama,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage in October 2010.

John Demsey is Executive Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies. In this role, he oversees a wide portfolio of brands, including Clinique, M•A•C, TOM FORD BEAUTY, Jo Malone London, Smashbox, Prescriptives, Aramis & Designer Fragrances, Too Faced, BECCA, By Kilian, GLAMGLOW, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, Le Labo and RODIN olio lusso. Mr. Demsey is a creative visionary, strategic thinker and accomplished brand builder. Throughout his career he has shown a unique ability to establish a brand’s authority, keep it fresh and respect its heritage. By continually developing innovative products, cultivating new markets and establishing an unprecedented link between beauty, fashion, entertainment, celebrity and pop culture, the brands he has led have enjoyed unparalleled growth and expansion. Mr. Demsey also serves as Chairman of the M•A•C AIDS Fund, which has raised more than $450 million to date in the fight against HIV/AIDS, spearheading the wildly successful M•A•C VIVA GLAM celebrity campaigns. Mr. Demsey is active in several other AIDS/health‐related organizations.

“Housing Works is an organization with a vital mission of ending the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS, there are many people who support this mission, and we want to make sure we celebrate those individuals. We are immensely grateful to Tamron and John for their contributions, their tremendous efforts will be recognized at the Groundbreaker Awards dinner on April 26th,” stated Founding Chair, James Huniford

Following the Groundbreaker Awards Dinner on the 26th, Housing Works will host a three-day public event where guests can shop at the 13th annual DESIGN ON A DIME benefit and sale. Held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, the ticketed Opening Night Reception on April 27th attracts VIPs, designers and star-studded friends of Housing Works who will get a preview of room vignettes and the first opportunity to shop each vignette. These rooms are designed by leading names in the industry and all merchandise (both designer and vintage items) is available at an extreme discount. The following two-days are open up to the wider general public with free admission where guests can experience the vignettes and purchase the remaining items. Proceeds from all sales will support Housing Works efforts to provide lifesaving services and housing to New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Tickets are on sale now here.

Housing Works’ Design on a Dime will be attended by the events’ Founding Chair, James Huniford, Dinner Chair Sandra Lee, Chairs Michael Boodro and George Oliphant and Social Chair Douglas Friedman.

Groundbreaker Awards Dinner

April 26, 2017

Metropolitan Pavilion 
125 West 18th Street, New York, NY

6:00 pm – Cocktail hour

7:30 – 9:00 pm – Groundbreaker Awards Dinner

Design on a Dime 2017 Opening Night Reception

April 27, 2017

Metropolitan Pavilion 
125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 

5:30 pm – VIP Reception & Vignette Preview

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Opening Reception & Shopping

Design on a Dime Public Sale

April 28 & 29, 2017

Metropolitan Pavilion
 125 West 18th Street, New York,
Time: Friday 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm

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