RIGHT TO PLAY “En Garde” Charity Cocktail Party at Barneys: A Smashing Success for Charity and Fencing



The fencing community and its friends flexed their  muscles tonight at the Barneys Penthouse raising upwards of 15,000+ dollars for the Humanitarian organization Right To Play as New York State Governor David Patterson, Nigel Barker, Serge Timacheff , Olympic coach Yury Gelman and fencing legend and Olympian Peter Devine joined 150+ guests to enjoy fencing photography and cocktails.

Governor Patterson spoke to the crowd, along with Right To Play COO Jeffrey Orridge and hosts Matt Doyle, Jason Rogers and Tim Morehouse.   All of them addressed the importance of sports for children’s development and the need for resources in underdeveloped countries so that children can play and learn.   Right To Play teaches kids in impoverished areas life lessons via sports and provides children who might not necessarily have it with sporting equipment and coaches. (www.righttoplayusa.org)  The money raised will go to help thousands of children in countries around the world.

The night was also special to me because of the strength displayed by fencing.   150+ guests paying $150 dollars a ticket to enjoy fencing photography!  Imagine how many people we can get with live fencing ?   The answer of course, is that this be the first of many events I plan on doing to help raise money for good causes while simultaneously promoting fencing.   I have some big projects in the works to hold spectator/sponsor friendly tournaments in New York City where we can draw thousands of paying spectators and get sponsors behind it.

It’s not even a question of can we get people to watch fencing and companies to sponsor it.  It’s going to happen and it’s happening now.(Speaking of which, I still have a big sponsorship announcement to make soon!)   For now, a nice victory for a good cause and a score for the sport of fencing.

PS Also in attendance tonight were Daria Schneider, Mike Etropolski and my mother and father! (Mom bid on 3 of the photographs and won! Thanks Mom!)

Thank you to everyone who helped make tonight a smashing success! And to everyone who continues to work towards helping good causes and growing our small, but mighty sport.  Make room world…the fencers are coming!

Celebrity Fencing Photography! (An Auction For Charity)


This is one of the most comprehensive photography displays ever featuring fencing.  Photographs  by America’s Next Top Model Judge Nigel Barker and other luminaries from both the sports and fashion will be on display at Barneys and this is an opportunity for you to OWN some of these pictures!

You can view and bid on these images with proceeds going to the international humanitarian organization Right To Play:

http://righttoplay.akaraisin.com/gala/Event/PhotoGallery.aspx?seid=3115&mid=41

All the pictures are mounted and framed with many of the pictures signed by the artists.   We have exclusive pictures of Fencing Olympians including Aldo Montano, Keeth Smart, James Williams, Jason Rogers, Emily Cross, Tim Morehouse, Cliff Bayer and others.

Other photographers involved include fencings  very own Serge Timacheff, famed sports photographer Howard Schatz and more!

Cool Fencing Picture of the Day: Nigel Barker Photographs Olympic Fencer James Williams

Olympic Silver Medalist in fencing James William’s portrait by America’s Next Top Model Judge/fashion photographer Nigel Barker.

You can bid online for this picture with proceeds going to the charity Right To Play starting on Monday at:
http://righttoplay.akaraisin.com/gala/Event/PhotoGallery.aspx?seid=3115&mid=41

Or you can bid on this LIVE (with me there!) at the actual charity event next Thursday at the Barneys Penthouse:
http://righttoplay.akaraisin.com/common/Event/About.aspx?seid=3115&mid=58

Photographer Nigel Barker Takes Fencing Olympian Keeth Smart to the Next Level…

Olympic Silver Medalist in fencing Keeth Smart‘s portrait by America’s Next Top Model Judge and photographer Nigel Barker.

You can bid online for this with proceeds going to the charity Right To Play starting on Monday at:
http://righttoplay.akaraisin.com/gala/Event/PhotoGallery.aspx?seid=3115&mid=41

Or you can bid on this LIVE (with me there!) at the actual charity event next Thursday at the Barneys Penthouse:
http://righttoplay.akaraisin.com/common/Event/About.aspx?seid=3115&mid=58

En Garde For Charity! (AN EVENT INVITATION) An Evening with Olympians and Fencing Photography to Support The Charity Right To Play

This invite is on behalf of Fencing Olympians (Keeth Smart, Cliff Bayer, Jason Rogers, Peter Devine, Tim Morehouse and Erinn Smart) and fellow benefit committee members (Jackie Astier, Scott Buccheit, Sam Hamadeh, Linda Rizk, Matt Snatnick, David Clay, Wendy Doyle and Dana Sydney) for a special evening with them in support of the charity Right To Play at the Barneys Penthouse in NYC on May 13th from 6:30-830pm.

We’ll be displaying and auctioning exclusive fencing photographs from sports and fashion luminaries Nigel Barker, Howard Schatz, David Burnett, Phillip Moy, Patrick McMullan, Serge Timacheff, Chiun-Kai Shih, Joe McNally and Gigi Stoll with all proceeds going to charity.   Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses the power of sport and play to create a healthier, safer environment for children in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Right To Play’s work is supported by over 300 world class athletes, including Jason and Tim, who raise funds and awareness for our programs in 23 countries.

Tickets are $150 and the evening includes cocktails, hors d’ouevres, plenty of Olympic spirit, amazing photography and a few fun surprises!

TO RSVP and Purchase Tickets Contact: Jay stirling, development officer
o: 646.649.9191
E: jstirling@righttoplayusa.org
More Info: http://righttoplay.akaraisin.com/Common/Event/Home.aspx?seid=3115&mid=8&se=1

Please feel free to reach out to me as well with any questions or media inquiries. We NEED YOUR HELP to support this tremendous organization!

Tim
Email: tim@timmorehouse.com

Nigel Barker Blogs About Fencing!


Photos courtesy of Nigel Barker Studios

From Nigel:
It’s not every day you get to meet an Olympian athlete… let alone four! Last week, I shot the US Mens Olympic Fencing Team for their involvement with Right To Play, an international humanitarian and development organization that uses sports as a tool for children’s physical, social and intellectual development.

Read Whole Article: http://www.nigelbarker.tv/blog/?p=611&preview=true