June 28, 2021

DIFFA Hosts Inaugural Pride Event at the Moxy East Village

Dawn Roberson, John Stephens, and Natalie Jones of ShawContract with editor in chief Cindy Allen. Photography by Kaitlin Aurora.

In honor of Pride month, a well-heeled crowd came together (in-person) to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and funds for programs that provide treatment, care, preventative education, and advocacy services at the inaugural Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS Pride event in Manhattan June 21. Dressed in vibrant colors and sipping cocktails made with Fourth&Pride Vodka, guests mingled at The Ready Rooftop Bar at the Moxy East Village while taking in the skyline views—all linked by a shared passion for design and combating HIV/AIDS.

“We’ve never done a Pride event before and this is a great opportunity for all of our supporters to come together and see the whole DIFFA family again,” shared Dawn Roberson, executive director of the organization. With a sold out crowd of 150 guests, Roberson had to turn away last-minute requests that kept coming in. “Everyone came out strong,” she added. 

David Rockwell, founder of Rockwell Group, with Cindy Allen.

The evening kicked off with heartfelt remarks from Roberson touching on the importance of continuous support for the cause and gratitude for all those who have contributed, as well as uplifting words from David Rockwell, founder of Rockwell Group—the design firm behind Moxy East Village—and Cindy Allen, Interior Design editor in chief. For many, the event also marked the first face-to-face reunion with friends and colleagues in more than a year. “What a proud night! Coming together for the first time since the pandemic was so emotional—and held enormous meaning—because we are all about compassion and celebrating the industry’s unique voices,” offered Allen. “Honoring Pride Month then just amplified our ongoing support for the LGBTQI+ community, and our sincere commitment to make a DIFFA-rence!” 

To donate and enter the DIFFA PRIDE Raffle and Auction, go here. Bidding and entries close on June 30 at 8 p.m. ET. Event partners include ShawContract, Benjamin Moore, 3form, EvensonBest, Knoll, Sunbrella, The Ready Rooftop Bar at Moxy East Village, Fourth&Pride Vodka, and Interior Design. 

Cindy Allen offers her remarks to the attendees. Photography by Kaitlin Aurora.
The event took place at The Ready Rooftop Bar at Moxy East Village. Photography by Kaitlin Aurora.
From left: Hayes Slade of Slade Architecture, Interior Design‘s Annie Block and Cindy Allen, James Slade of Slade Architecture, and West Chin of West Chin Architects & Interior Designers. Photography by Kaitlin Aurora.
Gisue Hariri of Hariri & Hariri and Katherine Chia of Desai Chia Architecture. Photography by Kaitlin Aurora.
From left: Anya Kiblitsky and Ashley Teater of Mohawk, Megan Dobstaff and Fitgi Saint-Louis of Gensler. Photography by Kaitlin Aurora.
Metropolis Editor in Chief Avinash Rajagopal with Joseph Cephas of Novita and Susan MacMurchy of Delos. Photography by Kaitlin Aurora.
Rio Hamilton and Blane Charles. Photography by Kaitlin Aurora.
Cindy Allen and Jane Krakowski. Photography by Kaitlin Aurora.
Dawn Roberson and Barry Richards of Rockwell Group. Photography by Kaitlin Aurora.
DIFFA Board, from left: Chris Abbate, Gary Wheeler, Dawn Roberson, Ilene Shaw, Cindy Allen, Randi Pastrovic, Eric Stroud, and Joan MacKeith. Photography by Kaitlin Aurora.

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