On Thursday, June 22, 2017, more than 300 guests came out to celebrate a “Life Well Lived” in honor of HudsonMOD’s anniversary, a milestone that marked the publication’s fifth year as the authoritative voice on modern luxury in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Filled with celebrity guests, premier sponsors and furry friends, attendees enjoyed a variety of luxurious happenings while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty at Jersey City’s Maritime Parc.
To kick off the fifth anniversary event, guests had the opportunity to view four luxury autos parked in the front of the venue provided by Benzel-Busch and Audi Meadowlands. As guests entered Maritime Parc, HudsonMOD branded gobos lit up the staircase before they were greeted by celebrity correspondent Amber Milt on the red carpet.
Milt was joined by numerous celebrity guests including Francesca Curran (Orange is the New Black), Emrhys Cooper (Vanity, Desperate Housewives & Mamma Mia), Amy Hedrick (Atlas Shrugged II), Indie actress and humanitarian Iliana Guibert, Lauren Simonetti (FOX Business Network anchor), and Matthew Talbot, co-founder of Animal Aid USA, the event’s beneficiary charity.
“We are thrilled that HudsonMOD chose Animal Aid USA as the charity to benefit from the silent auction at their anniversary event,” said Prince Lorenzo Borghese, founder of Animal Aid USA. “Each month, our volunteers drive more than 1,600 miles to relocate animals from high-kill shelters to homes. The funds raised at the event will enable us to continue the mission, which has rescued and provided veterinary care to more than 18,000 homeless animals since 2012.”
Four-legged celebrities also joined Milt on the red carpet including Maya the Dox, Instagram’s beloved Mini-Dachshund (@mayathedox) as well as four Animal Aid USA rescues: Genesis, Jamiee, Waylon and Noah.
Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed an extravagant Domaines Ott Rosé bar custom fabricated by Caesarstone, live entertainment from DJ Lil Ryan; cocktails fashioned with LiDestri Pink Limoncello, Usquaebach Scotch Whisky, VDKA 6100 and Rum Malecon; Splurge Bakery table filled with sweet treats and HudsonMOD branded sweets; a photobooth by Eye 2 Eye Entertainment; a cigar station by JR Cigars; cognac tasting by Camus; a makeup and hair touch up station by Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa; and aura readings by Robin Mansfield. Guests were able to relax and drink their cocktails in two VIP lounges furnished by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams throughout the night. To put a final touch on the night, Garden State Fireworks displayed a grand show overlooking Liberty State Park with the Statue of Liberty in the background, while guests watched from the Maritime Parc balcony.
During the speeches, MOD Media’s Group Publisher Shannon Steitz announced that MOD Media acquired New York’s premier publication, New York Spaces, the third publication to be added to MOD Media’s portfolio this year. She says, “Tonight we celebrate the success of HudsonMOD and the ventures that have grown out of this single, well-positioned brand. Back in 2012, we launched the first publication in our custom publishing group, Healthy Living, in conjunction with NJ Top Docs. This spring we moved into our first major market, Chicago, with the launch of ChicagoMOD while simultaneously launching one of my personal favorites, Highways of Benzel-Busch. Just this morning, we also announced in a national press release MOD Media’s most recent venture, the acquisition of New York Spaces magazine.”
Guests had the opportunity to partake in the evening’s silent auction, where 100 percent of the proceeds benefitted Animal Aid USA. Items included Lash House Boutique’s premium Hydra Facial, a two-night stay at D Pet Hotel for your furry friend, SoJo Spa admission passes, Morris Animal Inn’s stroller and getaway weekend, Bal Harbour stay, Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa 80 minute spa retreat, and two Kibble Pet care products, just to name a few.
The evening’s sponsors included: Audi Meadowlands, Bal Harbour, Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa, Benzel-Busch, Caesarstone, California Closets, Camus, Cobalt Spirit Brand, Domain Ott, Oyster Bay, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams and VDKA 6100.
As the evening came to a close, guests left with a HudsonMOD branded cookie from Splurge Bakery, nitrogen-infused Dragon Popcorn from Franco Vitella Catered Affairs and a swag bag filled with a variety of luxury items including a Colourpop palette, Wei Beauty travel kit, Bronx Colors lip gloss and strobing palette, Rum Malecon nips, Ecru hairspray, Julien Farel haircare products, Colle Shine, Blue Bottle Coffee, Brazil Bronze Soho tanning session, HUM Nutrition packets and D Pet Hotel gift certificate, just to name a few.
Check out photos from the Anniversary Event below (and click to enlarge!)