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A Funny Affair Honoring Tommy Hilfiger

December 6, 2011 3 comments

On Monday December 5, 2011 Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright and New York Center for Autism (NYCA) Co-founders Laura and Harry Slatkin honored iconic fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger for his commitment to increasing awareness and support of the autism community at A Funny Affair for Autism – a star-studded evening of fashion and comedy that helped raise over 1.3 million dollars for individuals with autism and their families.

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Hosted by NBC Nightly News Correspondent Peter Alexander, the unprecedented event took place at The Plaza Hotel and drew over 400 guests who were treated to a hilarious comedic performance by “Saturday Night Live” stars Seth Meyers and Bill Hader and a special musical performance by the NYCA Charter School. In addition, comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Susie Essman and Lydia Fenet of Christie’s led an entertaining auction of celebrity designed Christmas trees and menorahs, courtesy of QVC and Bethlehem Lights. The menorahs and trees raised nearly $65,000 and featured festive creations by Martha Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tommy Hilgier, Adam Sandler, Jonathan Adler, Tiffany & Co., Isaac Mizrahi, and artisans at Godiva.

Tommy Hilfiger, who was presented with the evening’s award by friend and CNN national correspondent Alina Cho, has a longstanding relationship with Autism Speaks as an advocate. Along with his wife, Dee, he co-hosted the Third Annual World Focus on Autism, which brought together first spouses from around the world to discuss solutions to combat the global crisis of autism. In addition, Hilfiger donated his time to appear in Autism Speaks’ new Ad Council public service announcement to help raise awareness about the one in 110 odds of being diagnosed with autism and encourage the public to learn its early warning signs.

All proceeds raised during the evening will go towards Autism Speaks’ research into the causes, prevention, and treatments for autism; as well as to help fund the NYCA, a regional non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals and families living with autism spectrum disorders.

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Media coverage and additional photos from the event:

Wall Street Journal: “A Serious Subject Gets Comic Relief” 

Bloomberg: Scene Last Night

White Castle’s Little Candle That Could Lights The Way For Autism Awareness

December 15, 2010 1 comment

White Castle along with NEST Fragrances and Autism Speaks, celebrated the success of the Original Slider®-scented candle with sliders and signature martinis at a press event on December 14 at White Castle’s 8th Avenue, New York City location.

This ‘Little Candle That Could’ has captured the hearts of Cravers, autism supporters, the media and celebrities, including television host, author, and magazine publisher Martha Stewart, and world-renowned fashion designer Vera Wang, both of whom stopped by the event on Tuesday to support the candle’s cause.

The small but impressive Original Slider®-scented candle, simply packaged in a ceramic holder replicating the White Castle hamburger signature cardboard sleeve, has warmed White Castle Cravers’ homes all over the country.

“Our original goal simply was to sell a fun, distinctive candle for our Cravers that could help raise funds for Autism Speaks,” said Jamie Richardson, White Castle Vice President of Corporate Communications. “We never anticipated the amount of good this candle would do. The amount of its sales has raised to support Autism Speaks is just remarkable and surpassed everyone’s expectations.”

The candle first debuted in May to commemorate the 18th annual celebration of National Hamburger Month. White Castle teamed up with Laura Slatkin, Founder and CEO of NEST Fragrances, often called the “Queen of home fragrance,” to introduce a candle with scent of America’s first fast-food hamburger.  The idea for the candle was sparked when White Castle executives met Slatkin, who sits on the board of Autism Speaks.

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During the event, White Castle presented Autism Speaks with a check for $500,000, representing the net proceeds from the candle’s sales. “White Castle, The Ingrams, and the Slatkins have been such terrific friends to our organization over the years and we can’t thank them enough for their commitment to Autism Speaks.  This is a wonderful gift to the autism community, and it’s just in time for the holidays.  Thank you for helping us to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders” remarked Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright, who, along with his Co-founder Suzanne Wright, were on hand to accept the check.

Richardson said White Castle expects to donate more as the holiday gift season is in full swing and candles are still selling.  “I am thrilled the candle has been so well received by White Castle lovers everywhere – it has become one of the hit cause-related gifts this holiday season,” Slatkin said.  “NEST and White Castle have a strong relationship and this is just another example of a lot of good happening when two companies join forces.”

The candles are currently available in White Castle restaurants nationwide. The candles are temporarily sold out at White Castle’s online store; the company expects to have them available online soon.

The White Castle Original Slider®-Scented Candles are Back!

November 5, 2010 4 comments

Top 10 Reasons to Buy!!!

1. Holidays are right around the corner. What a great stocking stuffer?!

2. Save on your electric bill AND have your house smell delicious. Hit two birds with one stone!

3. Harold and Kumar are among your favorite movie characters of all time.

4. If you didn’t know, White Castle was the first hamburger chain, buy a candle and be part of history.

5. 4,000 candles have already sold, and there are limited quantities available, shop now!

6. Why pay a fortune to go to a spa, when you can have a White Castle customized aromatherapy treatment?

7. For those of you dieting, you get the burger without the calories!

8. Saturday night is date night with your wife. (And candlelight ups the romance factor.)

9. The smell of BBQ’s will waft through your house. Who wouldn’t want that in November?

10. They are only $13, and a portion of each White Castle candle sold benefits Autism Speaks.

Special thanks to those who made this happen – our corporate partner White Castle, Autism Speaks’ board member, Laura Slatkin, and her company, NEST Fragrances. Laura and her husband, Harry, who founded the New York Center for Autism, have a son with autism. The Slatkins are long-time supporters of Autism Speaks.

Top Ten Reasons To Buy This Candle

  1. Everyone else is buying mom flowers for Mother’s Day this Sunday.

  3. Febreze doesn’t come in “burger” yet. You long for the scent of sliders and onions in your living room.

  5. You named your kids Harold and Kumar. 

  7. Saturday night is date night with your wife. (And candelight ups the romance factor.)

  9. May is National Hamburger Month (which is second only to Autism Awareness Month).

  11. It’s your new boyfriend’s birthday.  You know … the fastest way to his heart is through his stomach (…or his nose).

  13. You’re on the South Beach Diet – and miss your fast food fix.

  15. It’s sold out online, so it gives you another reason to grab lunch at White Castle.

  17. Your office deserves to smell delicious, too! If you spend $25 in the House of Crave, you get the air freshener for free.

  19. Every $10 White Castle candle sold benefits Autism Speaks.

 Special thanks to those who made this happen – our corporate partner White Castle, Autism Speaks’ board member, Laura Slatkin, and her company, NEST Fragrances. Laura and her husband, Harry, who founded the New York Center for Autism, have a son with autism. The Slatkins are long-time supporters of Autism Speaks.


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