Ellis Sotheby’s Int. Realty, Hopper House Raise $26,300 for Local Arts Education

Real Estate In-Depth | November 2017

NYACK—Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House raised $26,300 during a recent event to benefit the Edward Hopper House’s interdisciplinary Arts Education Program, which engages more than 500 local public school students in grades K-12.

The Oct. 14 benefit, now in its second year, drew approximately 140 attendees and surpassed the previous year in monies raised by nearly 25%.

“I believe that art education builds community and instills confidence, especially in youth who may be insecure or bullied by their peers,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “Art today is not just about paintings and other mediums, but a way to help us navigate in a more creative, out-of-the-box way, from how we create our reports, write our papers, to the way we dress. It’s been said that the MFA is the new MBA—I believe it!”

The Arts Education Program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty to benefit Nyack Public Schools, the Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools and Sleepy Hollow School District.

The fundraiser was held at Glen Iris on the Hudson River, former home of New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur S. Tompkins. The 8,200 square-foot, turn-of-the-century mansion overlooking the Hudson River in Upper Nyack is currently listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $3.395 million.