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Philanthropy and Volunteerism


November 2, 2006
Our CEO, Jacques Rosas, is pictured with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at a picture taken at a ceremony at Gracie Mansion, commending Shop Studios for their excellent volunteer work over the years. Shop Studios, and its executives especially, have a proud history of community service — one which we will continue to maintain in the years to come.


May 4, 2007
Shop Studios Community Service organization, GANG GREEN, celebrates 10 years of community service in Manhattan! When we began our business on West 49th Street our entire neighborhood was controlled by drug dealers, criminals and prostitutes. Jacques Rosas, a long time community organizer, and Eric Steding took one look then sprang into action and mobilized some 2000 volunteers, over 10 years, to pick up the slack and demand services from city officials with great success under cool calm leadership provided by Rosas.

In that time the group, working on the West side of Manhattan from 42nd Street to West 59th Street, have pulled together neighborhood watch, planted dozens of trees, shrubs and thousands of flowering plants. With help from two area High Schools and the Fashion Institute students they have painted over thousands of tags and graffiti and replaced it with public art, even organizing a capitol project to light a Hans Hoffman Mural, given away thousands of toys to Children in four Homeless shelters and worked a homeless out reach program to help those stranded on the streets of Hell’s Kictchen.. The ad hoc group remains on alert to meet emergency demands like food drives and even sheltered Katrina survivors.

In these ten years the entire West side of Manhattan has benefited dramatically from the work setting a new standard and a better quality of life for everyone. Annual events like neighborhood clean up days, home less out reach, neighborhood watch, toy and food drives continue to make this neighborhood a community to this day.

Jacques and Eric are the founders and thier company Shop LLC has donated thousands of dollars and countless volunteer hours to create a better neighborhood. Thank you to all the volunteers for ten years of community service.

Jacques Rosas, Owner of Shop Studios as Santa Claus

July 28, 2006
NYC Parks Department Congratulates Our Green Gang!
Gang Green Urban Gardeners — founded by our own Eric Steding and Jacques Rosas — is honored by the Commissioner of the New York City Parks Department!

Adrian Benepe with Shop Studios CEO, Jacques Rosas, honors the work Jacques and Eric have done as founders of Gang Green Urban Gardeners in a special Partnerships Award luncheon ceremony. Executive Director David Rivel and Partnerships for Parks director, Jason Schwartz, were also on-hand to recognize the ten years of community service and excellence in leadership.

Before Beautification, Hell’s Kitchen


Beautifying Hell’s Kitchen with the neighbors, Gang Green, Go!

June 20, 2006
Shop Studios Helps the Anti-Violence Project Raise $70,000!
Shop Studios Network’s Drama.TV division hosts the latest fundraiser for the Anti-Violence Project, and it’s another smashing success!

Diginitaries, business leaders and other of human rights supporters gathered for another spectacular fundraiser for the Anti-Violence Project, a cause we have supported for more than a decade. A dazzling display of color and projections met our invitees, who helped exceed AVP’s fundraising goals.

Neighborhood Pancake Breakfast, Hell’s Kitchen

May 15, 2006
The People of Darfur Need Your Help – Find Out How!
Shop Studios continues its appeal for the people of Darfur.

We at Shop Studios have a long history of supporting human rights worldwide and our work with UNICEF last year, donating our services to a recent fundraiser for Darfur, and we urge our clients and colleagues to stand up on behalf of the victims of genocide in this embattled region.

May 12, 2006
Over $35,000 Raised on Behalf of Women’s Anti-Violence Project!
Shop Studio raises money while raising awareness about violence against women!

Shop Studios’ creative director, Eric Steding and president Jacques Rosas help the Anti-Violence Project raise over $35,000 over the course of the last year, monies to be used to help raise awareness of issues surrounding violence against women.

The Anti-Violence Project is only one of several philanthropic efforts by Jacques and Eric, with more planned in the near future. Watch this space for more information on upcoming benefits. | 212-245-6154