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The future is bright for The Alpha Workshops following last night’s Alpha Awards benefit, hosted by the nonprofit at West Edge NYC. The event raised an estimated $250,000 in sponsorships for the organization, which provides industry training to HIV-positive individuals in the decorative arts. One of the night’s honorees wasAdam Sandow, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Sandow.
“I am deeply humbled to receive this award from such an incredible organization and for all of the support the of the industry,” Sandow said. “Design is such an important part of my business and has always been a passion of mine since I was a kid. It is an amazing industry to be in and I am truly honored.”
Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen took to the stage to speak on Sandow’s behalf. “We went from corporate to ‘anything but’ at Sandow,” she said. “With Adam the responsibility and the commitment is completely different. He’s a protagonist, not an absentee landlord. Someone who has real skin in the game, and that proved the perfect solution to what’s happening in media today. So while others are closing shop or losing their way, cheapening their quality, unable to manage the times, Adam is doing what he does best—innovating, buying, investing, and creating new opportunities.”
Also honored was designer, decorator, and author Alexa Hampton, the owner and president of Mark Hampton. Along with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the event included silent and live auctions featuring artwork and design products by students of The Alpha Workshops.