We were very pleased to attend a special NYC event last night called “Stir, Splatter + Roll,” a gala for Publicolor. Publicolor is a youth development not-for-profit organization that engages disaffected city students in their education. The program’s primary focus is on commercial painting, and on transforming  institutional-looking schools into warm, welcoming student-centric environments. Publicolor students also receive guidance in planning and preparing for college and their careers,  and they learn strong and transferable work habits that last a lifetime.

 

For the past 12 years, Manhattan Mini Storage has donated free storage space to Publicolor for all of its student programs, and last night our CEO, Gary DeBode, was thrilled to be among the gala’s honorees.

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Manhattan Mini Storage CEO Gary DeBode, center right, and other honorees with Ruth Lande Shuman, Publicolor Founder & President

 

Accepting his gift from one of Publicolor’s enthusiastic students, Gary said: “We believe that when you bring creativity and vision and color into the lives of young people, the entire world becomes their canvas.”

And the program’s statistics more than back that up: A whopping 94 percent of Publicolor’s student graduated on time last year, compared to just 58 percent at the schools they attend. Even more impressive, 100 percent of Publicolor’s students stayed in school last year; not a single one dropped out!

 

 

 

 

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Bernadette Peters

 

Joining Gary in the star-studded gymnasium at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus on New York’s Upper West Side were Broadway legend Bernadette Peters and style icon Simon Doonan, as well as Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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But the most exciting action was happening just outside the gym, where Publicolor students were creating works of art — one-of-a-kind hand-painted bags modeled on designs created by A-list designers like Nicole Miller — before our very eyes.

Needless to say, we had a fabulous time and were tickled pink (literally) to be able to support this worthy organization.

To donate, volunteer for or simply find out more about Publicolor, click here!