Chair-ity Rules

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On April - 7 - 2011
Lara and Fati Rosenberg

Lara and Fati Rosenberg

By: Maryanne Salvat and Mary Jo Shore

MIYO Home owners, Fati Rosenberg and Stephanie Jourdan, opened their hearts and the doors to their fabulous showroom last Thursday to host a chic event to benefit the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation. The MIYO Home “Chair-ity” joined forces with eight local artists, including Iran Issa-Kahn, Seth Browarnik, Hillary Scrutis, Briggs Solomon, Fernando Wong, Robert Zemnickis and Thom Filicia, each of whom decorated a MIYO Home Chair with his own unique vision, using the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation for inspiration.  The one-of-a kind pieces were auctioned off at Thursday’s cocktail to raise over $30,000 for the foundation.

Well-heeled guests braved the decorative rocks in MIYO’s Zen Garden to admire the creative works such as the Patton Group’s, “Miami Housewives” chair, covered top to bottom with a collage of decoupage newspaper clippings and accentuated by a rhinestone pink flamingo in the middle, signed by the RHOM “fab four:” Lea Black, Alexia Echeverria, Adriana de Moura, and of course Marysol Patton, each of whom spent a good deal of time delighting in their carefully positioned press cut-outs.  Iran Issa-Khan’s chair incorporated her famed coral formations and included a list of well-known actors and artists suffering from the debilitating disorder. Celebrity photographer Seth Browarnik’s creation was positioned on a swatch of red carpet.  How apropos!

Fati Rosenberg, a long-time supporter of the cause said, “The Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation is very near and dear to me. It’s the first charitable organization fully committed to furthering the study of early-onset bipolar disorder. I am appreciative to have the support of the artists who’ve contributed their talent and effort to help me draw awareness and educate our community about this debilitating condition.” 

Rosenberg’s dedication to the foundation became even more apparent when she auctioned the bejeweled pants she was wearing at the cocktail.  Yes, she gave the “pants off of her back (side).  The “now traveling” pants sold for an undisclosed amount, we overheard they went in the neighborhood of $2,000. Attendees included: Dr. Demitri F. Papolos, M.D., Jeffrey Donovan, Grant Show, Carole and Oscar Seikaly, Frank Amadeo, Gingi Beltran, Roy Black, Craig David, R&B singer, Michael Valdes, Susanne Birbragher, and Alan Randolph to name a few.

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