Kiva's Marcos Fleitas

Kiva's Marcos Fleitas

As Wellbuilt Company continues to grow and expand, we've made it a point to donate a portion of our proceeds to support Kiva's global micro-finance loan initiatives. The organization's vision is to also help grow and expand businesses in developing regions. By donating a portion of proceeds to the Kiva Microfinance Loan Initiatives, we have helped fellas like Marcos Fleitas of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay get his business off the ground and running. We're proud to support Kiva, and more importantly our new friend in the build and design industry of South America. More on Marcos:

Marcos is from Ciudad del Este, is married to Basilia, and they have 2 small children who go to school and still depend on them. Marcos dedicates himself to selling construction materials. He started in this activity selling bricks made by a friend. In addition to this, they have a business selling decorations and chair and table rentals for birthday parties. Thanks to the work they do, they are educating their children and getting ahead with their obligations. Marcos requests a loan to buy construction materials, which he will be able to supply his business and continue working as he has been doing.

Kips Bay with Celerie Kemble

Kips Bay painting by Artist Miriam Ellner

Hats off to Designer Celerie Kemble for her outstanding space at the 2011 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.  Celerie’s dark and masculine room was transformed into a woman’s library. Since the walls could not be touched, the team focused on adorning “the ceiling, floors, windows, furniture, and bookcases with every trick of her craft to add glimmer and put a little switch in its skirts.”  Artist Miriam Ellner created an amazing ceiling of gold leaf and other metals on the reverse side of glass, verre eglomise, to create a “Chinoiserie inspired skyscape fantasy.” Wellbuilt had great pleasure in working Celerie and her team to bring such an important project to fruition.

Kips Bay show house 2011

Kips Bay show house charity event with Wellbuilt Company

In 2011 Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club will showcase its 39th Annual Decorator Show House. The high-profile renovation project has been taking place in an Upper East Side mansion, 163 East 63rd Street. The doors open to the public from April 28 – May 26, 2011. The striking, neo-Federalist style residence was once owned by John Hay “Jock” Whitney and boasts unique historic details acquired during his travels abroad. Each of the 16 rooms in this four-story, 10,000-square-foot mansion will delight design enthusiasts and anyone looking for decorating inspiration. This year, Wellbuilt has been proud to support designer Celerie Kemble in her task of remodelling the library room. The show house is the primary fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. Historically the annual event raises over one million dollars to help sponsor essential after-school and enrichment programs for more than 13,000 young people at ten locations in the Bronx. So not only are you getting to see the work of influential designers, you are supporting a worthy cause.

India Rick shaw run - "Frank Water"

Rick Shaw charity run for FRANK water in India by Wellbuilt Company's Mitch Kidd

What is the Rickshaw Run? The Rickshaw Run is pretty simple. With no preparation, no support crew, and absoluteley no idea on how to get there, we take a 145cc glorified lawnmower over thousands of miles of questionable terrain crossing the subcontinant of India from Jaisalmer to Cochin in a ''planned" two weeks (or more). What is a Rickshaw? Picture the fastest, safest, all-terrain vehicle in the world. Then picture the opposite, and youve got a 'Rickshaw". Despite being designed purely for short distant, sealed road travel, we aim to take this three wheel, 7 horse power beast on the the ultimate, long distant, off road adventure of a lifetime across India. When are we doing it? January 1st 2011  Why are we doing it? To raise money for 'FRANK water'.  A charity dedicated to helping to bring clean water throughout the world.