It’s a Beautiful Day in the Hood

At Robin Hood, you never really know who is going to show up at our offices (since I started the following folks have walked through the doors at the hood: Christy Turlington, Admiral Mullen, the Chairman to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and all his secret service offices, Mayor Bloomberg and countless billionaire hedge fund managers), how much money we will bring in during one day (in 2011, we raised over 160 million dollars, which is over 400,000 dollars each day), or what artist has signed on to perform a concert to benefit Robin Hood (just last year we had Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and Sting – just to name a few!) But those are the big things, and this blog is about the little things.

Well yesterday there were a couple little things to celebrate.

I received an email mid-morning letting me know that I had a delivery upstairs. I wasn’t expecting anything and my mom had just sent some cookies, so I couldn’t imagine what it could be. Well, needless to say I was SUPER excited to open the packaging to reveal this:

"The Organizing Issue"

I spent the rest of the morning looking at all of the wonderful organization solutions that Martha and her team came up with for all the various areas of your home. I LOVE having a friend “on the inside.”

Then, as the afternoon “slump” set in, we received a floor wide email alerting us of delicious baked goods someone brought in from Chelsea Market. Instantly, a herd of people (including myself) ran over to the designated table. We sampled brownies, rugelach, and sugar cookies. YUMMY. After devouring nearly every treat, we decided to use our creative artistic abilities to capture this afternoon fun. You’re welcome for that.

Clearly it was a slow day in the hood. But sometimes, that is just what you need.

Sting’s 60th Birthday Recap

How do you top and evening in Central Park with the Black Eyed Peas and 60,000 friends and neighbors? Help Sting celebrate his 60th Birthday with a few of his musician friends, that’s how.

On Saturday October 1st, Sting held his birthday celebration at the Beacon Theater with all proceeds going towards Robin Hood. He invited a few friends to share the stage with him.

Robert Downey Jr.

Lady Gaga

Bill Joel

and of course, Bruce Springsteen

The entire crew came out at the end of the show for a few final songs, including Every Breath You Take

However, the absolute highlight of the show was when Sting’s lovely wife Trudie appeared onstage and surprised him by inviting dozens of members of the Scottish pipe and drum line onstage. Sting was visibly moved (as was my mom), and even as everyone left the theater, the couple stayed onstage dancing. It was truly moving.

I felt so lucky to be able to share this experience with my parents. When Bruce started playing, I turned to my dad and said, “That voice… it is like the soundtrack of my childhood…. at least the times when I was in your car.” And while I know my parents have loved every moment that they’ve spent watching Abby coach swimming, I have a feeling that they will remember this night for many years.

The Ultimate Rock Weekend Preview

I am still recovering the past weekend, where Robin Hood hosted the ultimate rock weekend in New York City.

Friday night we held our reschedule Black Eyed Peas show that had been cancelled back in June and Saturday we helped to celebrate Sting’s 60th Birthday with a few of his famous friends. Both evenings were a huge success but were both physically and emotionally draining. Here are a few pictures to hold you over.