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Doing Art Together’s 31st Annual Benefit Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                

Tamar Juda
Last Word PR


Doing Art Together Holds 31st Annual Benefit In
New York City On Monday, March 14, 2016

New York, NY (February 23, 2016) – The 31st Annual Doing Art Together Benefit – emceed by Emmy award winning NBC 4 NY traffic reporter Lauren Scala – will take place in New York City on March 14th at the Mandarin Oriental. This year’s honorees are TV host and entrepreneur Alicia Quarles, along with Umesh Trikha who is Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management. Additionally, the night will include NYC graffiti artists, TATS CRU, creating three live canvases to be auctioned off live – by a Christie’s auctioneer – at the silent auction which will also have incredible fashion items, get-a-ways and more.

A non-profit arts education organization, Doing Art Together has done incredible life-changing work providing hands-on programs to under-served communities, since founded in 1982. “I am humbled and incredibly touched to be honored at this year’s DAT benefit. Truly, it is DAT who should be celebrated,” says Quarles. She goes on to say, “The incredible work the organization does to bring arts education programs to underprivileged students has changed countless young lives for the better. We all have a responsibly to pay it forward. DAT is doing just that, and I am lucky enough to do so as well.” Trikha shares the same sentiments, “The freedom to express ourselves is precious – not just with the spoken word, but visually. What we achieve through Doing Art Together will have a life-long impact on children’s lives. I am honored to celebrate the importance of art in our culture by inspiring the creativity of youth in our community.”

The silent auction items include luxury jewelry, fashion handbags from Burberry and Tory Burch, Kenneth Cole luggage, Delta plane tickets, a behind-the-scenes tour at Christie’s, a private tour of the New Whitney Museum, Broadway tickets and much more.

The mission of Doing Art Together (DAT) is to awaken and enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural development of under-resourced New York City children and youth, inspiring them to pursue their learning. They accomplish this by engaging youth in the visual arts, igniting the participation of their family network and building enduring partnerships with their educational community. DAT is a non-profit arts education organization that provides hands-on programs to under-served audiences, and their programs build skills that enhance the ability to learn and are easily transferred from the classroom to life. For more information, please visit

Lauren Scala is NBC 4 New York’s weekday traffic reporter for “Today in New York.” Scala delivers real-time, accurate road and rail traffic information for the 4:30am – 7am commute. Scala, as part of NBC 4’s continuing team-coverage of Hurricane Sandy, won a 2013 New York Emmy, and a 2014 National Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award. Scala is an Emmy-nominated features reporter for NBC 4’s weekday 12:30 p.m. lifestyle show “New York Live” where Scala spotlights the best places for food, fashion and events.  Scala is also the host of “City Guide,” a segment produced exclusively for New York City Taxi-cabs where passengers can see feature news, lifestyle, weather, sports and entertainment programing. Scala is a graduate of Fordham University and holds a degree in Communications

Respected by managers, publicists, and tastemakers alike, Alicia Quarles is one of today’s hardest working TV hosts. Quarles has covered red-carpets from the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards to the MTV VMA’s, Met Gala and Super Bowl interviewing the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Zac Posen, 50 Cent, Lupita Nyong’o, Rihanna and many professional athletes as well (Eli Manning, Marshawn Lynch, Amar’e Stoudemire, etc.). Her credits including being the NY Correspondent for E! News, contributor to the Today Show, Associated Press – where she was the Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor – MSNBC, VH1, HLN and more. Quarles graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California and currently resides in New York City.

Umesh Trikha is held in high regard by his multi-cultural clientele. He is also the senior member of The Patel Team of Merrill Lynch. In 2015, Umesh was named to “On Wall Street’s “Top 40 Under 40” Advisors. Also, he holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst®, (CIMA®) certification, administered by Investment Management Consultants Association®. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 2003 as an International Financial Advisor, Umesh worked in the financial industry with American Express and The Economist Intelligence Unit. Umesh was born and raised in England, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. Umesh resides in New York City, where his passions range from good food, films, music, and theater to soccer and cricket. He also helps raise funds for the United Way Campaign & Doing Art Together.