Guest blogger: Donna-Marie, Westport Showroom Manager
In late May, I was fortunate enough to be a part of the 6th Annual Mt. Sinai Greening Our Children Benefit Luncheont along with several dozen other Green Expo Participants. We spent the early morning hours setting up our tables, displaying our products, arranging the auction items, mixing and mingling, awaiting the arrival of the hundreds of attendees that would be gathering to support this special event.
The Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) is the beneficiary of the Greening Our Children Benefit Luncheon. The CEHC is committed to conducting groundbreaking research to identify the environmental causes of childhood diseases and translate the research findings into solutions that protect children’s health.
Dr. Philip J. Landrigan ,the Director of the CEHC, was featured as the keynote speaker. He is a renowned pediatrician and epidemiologist whose career focus has been disease prevention and researching the links between disease and environmental health threats. From his early work at the CDC to his work with the medical studies following 9/11, he is one of the pioneers in Children’s Environmental Health. His fascinating background can be found here: http://mountsinaigocluncheon.org/view_custom.php?journal_id=418&id=32947
Also present was Jessica Alba (actress, author, and founder of the Honest Company), the recipient of the Mt. Sinai Champion for Children Award.
The Emcee for the day was Dr. Emily Senay, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Director, Master of Public Health Program Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai. https://journals.eventjournal.com/view_custom.php?journal_id=418&id=33632
As a mother of two almost grown daughters, it was humbling for me to see and hear so many people fully dedicated to the cause of researching and preventing childhood disease and associated environmental risk factors. They are giving hope to many, and this groundbreaking work would not get done without their unwavering efforts.
Some core projects of the CEHC include Autism and Learning Disability Discovery and Prevention Project; Endocrine Disruptor Research Program; Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program; Growing Up Healthy in East Harlem; The New York Children’s Study; Mount Sinai Pregnancy Biobank; and The Mount Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit which is the clinical component that treats children who suffer from toxic exposures. http://journals.eventjournal.com/view_custom.php?journal_id=418&id=32944
Throughout the day, there was a silent auction going on as well as some big ticket items in the live auction, which included sports outings and memorabilia, fine art, a luxury tour of Ireland for Two, and an after-hours party for 50 (yes, 50 friends!) with all the trimmings, at the Cynthia Rowley + CuRious Candy Shop in NYC, including a personal styling session with Cynthia Rowley herself! FUN!
The Clean Bedroom, in conjunction with Austin Air, provided a Medical HEPA filter Health Mate Jr. Air Purifier for the silent auction, in support of keeping the home and bedroom environment a “toxin and chemical free” zone. I was happy to see it was such a popular item-lots of bids!
Back in the Green Expo Tent, we were surrounded by other vendors who offer everything from organic and earth-friendly household products, to baby items, to allergen-free goodies, There were green homebuilders, clean water suppliers and toxin free lawn/garden care experts there as well. I brought a variety of organic comforters, mattress pads from our showroom, and examples of our luxury organic mattresses for babies, children and adults. The organic Kapok and wool adjustable pillows and organic percale and sateen sheet sets were also a huge hit.
It was our second year participating in this event and I envision having an even greater representation next year. The connection between diseases such as asthma, autism, ADHD, certain cancers and other neurodevelopmental disorders we are seeing in our children today, and toxic exposure is becoming ever more clear, thanks to the work of these dedicated medical professionals and the organizations that support them. The more we know, the faster we can identify solutions. Progress is being made every day, and I am grateful that The Clean Bedroom supports this incredible work.
Catch Dr. Landrigan and CEHC in the news and on tv: http://journals.eventjournal.com/view_custom.php?journal_id=418&id=33519