HAPPENINGS
DJ Kap-Slap Helping Sean LIVES On

Head down to Warehouse5 in Island Park, Long Island on Thursday, May 23rd to support Sean Lives On. Headlining the event will be DJ Kap-Slap, who recently played sets at the Marquee in Las Vegas along with NYC's Webster Hall. Also playing sets will be Aylen, whose remix of Zedd's "Clarity" was critically acclaimed by Zedd himself and Nammo, a returning Sean Lives On supporter.

CAUSE OF THE WEEK
A Sweet Way to Help Cure Parkinson’s

In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the Michael J. Fox Foundation has partnered with the world famous Magnolia Bakery to create a special one-of-kind Michael J. Fox Foundation cupcake. Currently being sold online and at Magnolia Bakery locations, a portion of the sale will benefit the foundation.

For the dessert lovers this delectable cupcake is topped with white vanilla butter cream frosting, orange sprinkles and a white chocolate disc with the foundation’s logo. Whether you like vanilla or chocolate cake, Magnolia Bakery has the customer covered. The cupcake sells for $3.75 with $1.75 of the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

CAUSE OF THE WEEK
Fashionable & Philanthropic

Today 5001 Flavors, the Harlem-based fashion company, released their new eyewear collection. One of the pairs in the collection, The “Guy,” a limited edition men’s style with vibrant purple in the frames, will directly support Code Purple’s mission of ending malaria in Africa. For every pair of the purple-framed shades sold ten percent of the net profits will be donated to Code Purple starting April 1st and continuing on through Spring and Summer and ending on August 1st. The eyewear will be retailing for $295 online on the 5001 Flavors website. For those in the Harlem area, visit the Harlem Haberdashery boutique, owned by the creators of 5001 Flavors, Guy and Sharene Wood, to purchase the shades and check out their unique inventory of small batch clothing and accessories. The fashionable and philantrophic Guy and Sharene have created custom-made ensembles for Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Jaime Foxx, Lebron James, Kim Kardashian, and countless other celebrities. 5001 Flavors will also be participating in the Second Annual Code Purple event on World Malaria Day (April 25) to help raise awareness and funds to support the end of malaria. The event, held at the USS Intrepid Air & Space Museum, will include a silent auction, runway show, and chances to donate and purchase the Mosketto Armor Hood-E, developed by ING Activewear, that is certified to act as mosquito repellent and offers protection from mosquitos that may be infected with the malaria-ridden parasite.

ACTIVATE
Help Make Wishes Come True

What if you have the chance to share the power of a wish? For over 30 years the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human process with hope, strength, and joy. Originating in Arizona the foundation has become internationally known and has local chapters throughout the country and world.

In 1983, the Metro New York chapter opened their doors and serves the five boroughs and Long Island's Nassau County. As of September 2011 the chapter teamed with the Western New York chapter and now serves over 23 counties in New York State. The first wish granted by this local chapter was for a 7-year-old boy who wished to meet Catherine Bach, who portrayed Daisy Duke in the famous series Dukes of Hazard. In 2013, the chapter will grant its 10,000th wish.

HAPPENINGS
The LGBT Community Center's Annual Dinner Gala

Dress in your chicest cocktail attire and join the LGBT Community Center’s special guests Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka as they celebrate two important milestones in the West Village’s LGBT Community Center’s history—the Center’s 30th anniversary and the commencement of a new building enhancement project designed to expand on, and meet the future needs, of the New York City LGBT Community. Founded in 1983, the Center has been providing quality health care, support, and multi-faceted programming such as hosting arts and entertainment events, advocacy groups, queer youth family gatherings, and overall wellness programs that have been life-changing and life-saving for a countless many in the LGBT community.

DO-GOODERS
Bartenders Unite for Clean Water

A charity initiative brought to you by Gaz (Gary) Regan, Just One Shift, has an amazing (and fun) plan to raise $250,000 in a week long fundraising campaign by inviting bartenders worldwide to donate all or part of their tips from just one shift (Get it?). Fittingly, the funds raised will benefit Wine to Water, a non-profit founded by a bartender, that focuses on providing clean water to needy people worldwide. Since World Water Day is coming up on March 26th, it is the perfect time to get aboard the clean water wagon.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
The Second Annual Coffee Cocktail Mash Up

The majority of coffee drinkers can’t function properly until they have their morning cup of Joe and many more of us have a hard time passing up happy hour with our friends after a long, often coffee-fueled, work day. The Coffee Cocktail Mash Up competition combines both of these beloved liquid commodities with an extra shot of competition. The Coffee Cocktail Mash Up pairs up a barista and a bartender to mix a caffeinated cocktail that will then be judged on its flavor, balance, concept, and presentation. The judge’s panel includes Robert Simonson of the New York Times, Mari Uyehara of Time Out New York, Kara Newman of Wine Enthusiast, Shawn Kelly of Pernod Richard, and Mike White of Shotzombie.com

HAPPENINGS
Socialtees Shows Some Puppy Love at Sway Lounge



Last Thursday, Soho’s '90s relic, Sway Lounge hosted a benefit for Socialtees Animal Rescue. Socialtees is a non-profit that finds homes for abandoned animals living in kill shelters.

The pet friendly environment was most apparent upon entrance as guests were welcomed by the adorable stares of wandering puppies. The night riled supporters of the cause while offering up some great dog themed raffle prizes like dog pillows and gift cards.

CULTURE CLUB
Showstoppers: An AEA Scholarship Fundraising Performance

The Singers Forum is presenting Showstoppers, a one night only event benefiting the Singers Forum Actors Equity Scholarship Program on March 5th at 7pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. The performance will be hosted by Eric Michael Gillett and will celebrate the many successes of the scholarship program during this past year. The program offers heavily subsidized vocal technique lessons to members of the Actors Equity Association. Its goal is to provide affordable vocal technique to those who often need it the most and can least afford it. Since its inception, it has grown from providing twelve scholarships to now sixty, with an all-Broadway veterans instructor staff.

THE HOT SPOT
Heads up NYC: Free Wine Tonight!

Head over to Maslow 6, located in Tribeca, for that after work perk that you most definitely need. From 6-9pm, the wine store will be having a free tasting of over two dozen wines, along with cheese and charcuteries. 10% of proceeds from all purchases will support The Harmony Program, a non-profit organization that provides musical education for economically disadvantaged youth around the city.

There's no better way to do your holiday shopping!

Enjoy live music along with your snacks and vino and leave your work day woes behind! Register for the event here.