Valentino and NYFC present annual Wrap to Rap

Sunday, December 15, 2013


Last Monday at the Ainsworth, New Yorkers for Children (NYFC) hosted the annual Wrap to Rap, sponsored for a second year in a row by Valentino USA. The wrap-a-thon drew NYFC Board and Friends Committee members, roughly 50 foster-care teens and employees of the Italian couturier, who volunteered in lieu of hosting their own holiday party. Providing holiday gifts for children in foster care throughout New York City, the event reinforces the importance of volunteerism within the foster care community, especially crucial during the holiday season.

The chic Chelsea sports bar underwent a jolly transformation for the occasion, its rustic pine interiors festooned with wreaths, twinkling lights and waitresses in Santa outfits. Guests munched on sweet potato fries, gooey cupcake bites and sliders, whilst rummaging through piles of colored markers and Scotch tape.

A coterie of A-listers attended, including Justin and Lauran Tuck, Ayla Farnos, Allison Aston, Lydia Fenet, Marisa Brown, Vanessa von Bismarck, Clare McKeon, Euan Rellie, Susan Gilroy, Susan Burden, Eric Brettschneider, Susan Magazine, Jessica Maxwell, Natalia Echavarria and DJ D-Nice, among others. It was refreshing to see these oft-glam New York notables and tastemakers uniformed in their matching pale-green Wrap to Rap tees, diligently sorting toys.

Holiday cheer was all-around at the feel-good event, the air thick with the rustling of paper, laughter and the smell of warm food. By the wrap of the affair, 1,000 gifts had been wrapped and sorted for distribution by the Administration for Children’s Services. A gift-bagger myself, I learned quite a bit about the art of gift-wrapping by the evening’s end. However, cylindrical containers of Legos still shouldn’t be attempted.


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