It is the city that never sleeps. It is the place we are all reminded that if we can make it here, we can make it anywhere.
"I was born in New York, so the city is a part of everything I do. It's my creative fuel, constantly changing and evolving with the times," eagerly commented creative director Donna Karan.
She is not alone. New York is a world hub of creators, inventors, designers, artisans and entrepreneurs who flock here for the energy, the hubbub and the "creative fuel" that enables them to make greatness happen, even if they don't call it home.
It is no surprise that when New York suffers so does the world. Business titans to professional athletes, fashion designers to master chefs all feel her pain.
"New York is a living, breathing city that responds to every challenge with unstoppable courage and heart. I am powerless to resist the pulse, vitality and creativity I encounter each and every time I return," enthralled Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet.
Today marks the launch of a platform for creators to give back. CREATETHE GROUP brought together a host of celebrities, artists and entrepreneurs each providing a personal object for auction and a playlist to share. Donors include Kanye West, Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Julianne Moore, Anne Hathaway, Arianna Huffington and David Karp of Tumblr.
"Many members of our creative community wanted to give back to New York and the surrounding areas. We are touched by the enthusiasm of our friends to collaborate for the benefit of a city we hold close to our hearts," commented CREATETHE GROUP CEO James Gardner.
The auction will benefit New York Cares and the platform is anticipated to be an annual charity project for CREATETHE GROUP.
Visit recreatenewyork.org for more information on auction items.