Hanky Panky’s social calendar was all filled up last week! On Thursday night, May 3, groups of employees went in different directions in order to enjoy the Ms Foundation’s Gloria Awards in downtown Manhattan and to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Made in NYC at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Fifteen years ago, Hanky Panky joined about 20 organizations as a founding member of Made in NYC. Now 25% of all NYC manufacturers—about 1200—are on the roster. This popular initiative, which creates branding campaigns, marketing assistance programs and employment and internship support, brought out high profile individuals, headlined by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who addressed the crowd.
About 25 Made in NYC beverage and food partners kept everyone going back for more, including Gotham Greens, whose hydroponic greenhouse sits atop Hanky Panky’s warehouse and cutting facility in Queens.
Gale and I chatted with Helen Rosenthal who represents our home neighborhood, the Upper West Side, and, later, I joined a panel of three other “makers” to describe our businesses and share some entrepreneurial insights.