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Spring Benefits


May 8

The Narcissists Ball is the annual BOFFO Spring Benefit. The original concept and title of the event was based on an auction format where collectors could have their portrait commissioned by over 30 artists a year. Post 2016 election, we no longer feel comfortable using the term narcissists to refer to our friends and supporters, but we are happy to propose a stance against Narcissism, especially whenever it promotes hatred and discrimination. The ANTI-Narcissists Ball is a self love affair of epic proportions that brings together our creative community for an evening of splendor. In response to some of the disrespectful language and actions the current administration has directed towards marginalized communities, we believe it is important to come together and celebrate the amazing contributions made to our culture from these regions. This spring, join us to celebrate great artists, architects, and designers from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA) region who shape our community through their creativity. With our 2018 partners we’ll celebrate diversity and inclusion without boundaries, across borders. The benefit will take place in May with a dinner, cocktails, auction, music, afterparty, and an honoree program.

Honoring: Gabriel Hendifar (Apparatus Studio), Dr. Geeta Mehta, Michael Rakowitz, threeASFOUR

Saluting: Bidoun and Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Benefit Chairs: Shahdeh Ammadi, Said Dabbagh, Abdullah Dahman, Elizabeth Owens

Host:  Hamid Amini, Andy Baraghani, Myriam Ben Salah, Justin Connor, James DeSantis, Angela Dimayuga, Thomas Dolan, Reem Fadda, GCC, Laila Gohar, Onur Gokus, Olivia Gola, Jack Hazan, Maryam Hoseini, Justinian Kfoury, Omar Kholeif, Sadaf Nava, Afeef Nessouli, Elizabeth Owens, Charlie Pohlad, Sanam Salek, Alÿ Sálem

Sponsors: Carakale, Milagro, Material Vodka

Music: Sadaf

Creative Direction: Maryam Hoseini, Hadi Fallahpisheh, Laila Gohar