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Application to hold a "Kids for Fashion" event on August 6, 2011 from 12pm to 4pm in Union Square Park South Plaza

WHEREAS, The applicant, Paul Aarrington Inc., has submitted an application to conduct a "Kids for Fashion" Event in the South Plaza of Union Square Park on Saturday, August 6th from 12Noon to 4pm; and

WHEREAS, Paul A. Howard (aka Paul Aarrington Inc.) has developed a design business, serving as a successful entrepreneur in fashion, and wishes to encourage at-risk teens to explore business and entrepreneurship as a productive way to develop meaningful skills for a better future; and

WHEREAS, The "Kids For Fashion" event will not involve major corporate sponsorship and accompanying signage except in a minimal manner presented as small table banners and possible tee-shirt logos; and

WHEREAS, Amplified sound shall be limited to lectern microphones supplied for industry leaders and role models as they tell their success stories to event participants, with motivational speaking expected to occur throughout the event; and

WHEREAS, The event will be held in the South Plaza of Union Square Park and require a minimum footprint, with volunteers on staff to organize the activities and several RNs have been recruited in case of any medical emergencies; and

WHEREAS, The event will be promoted at local high schools and through social media channels and is expected to have 100 youth participants; only those involved in the pre-event workshops for design and product development will be selling tee-shirts at the event.  The selling teams will coordinate among themselves to take orders and apply heat transfer using equipment stations set up for the event.  They will be trained beforehand to use the equipment and the equipment itself requires a small footprint and does not create any noise or waste.  By incorporating design, product development, selling, and manufacturing, participants will gain a working understanding of how parts of the fashion business interact. In all these ways, "Kids for Fashion" shall serve as a real-world educational experience to help inspire continued interest; and   

WHEREAS, "Kids For Fashion" will serve as a kick-off event for educational activities to be held throughout the school year and, if successful, the organizers hope to hold it as an annual event going forward, culminating a year of preparation and study as young entrepreneurs engage in the fashion industry; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to hold a "Kids for Fashion" event in Union Square Park in the South Plaza on Saturday August 6 from 12pm to 4pm.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 30 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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