FRESH PERSPECTIVES

With the announcement of Nasiba

and Thomas Hartland-Mackie as this year’s event chairs,

TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art is reaching out to a new generation of collectors.

Now in its 19th year, the event has raised over $60 million for its beneficiaries, amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Nasiba and Thomas bring youthful vibrancy, international connections,

and broad experiences to this year’s event. And, according to event co-founder Cindy Rachofsky,

“They are the nicest, kindest people you will ever meet.” Cindy and Howard Rachofsky personally select the chairs for TWO x TWO. “We take this chairmanship very seriously.

Thomas and Nasiba have shown an amazing degree of sophistication, especially as young as they are,” Howard says.

Their youth is one of the many reasons the Rachofskys entrusted this year’s event to them.

“We look to them for really encouraging the next generation,” Cindy says. She adds, “We’ve never had chairs of this age.

In the world they live in, they will bring ideas of what is seen and done that Howard and I haven’t done.”

This young dynamic duo, in their 20’s and 30’s, is equally elated to be this year’s chairs.

They are looking forward to working with the Rachofskys on what they call “one of the best fundraising events in the world.” This global perspective is one that the HartlandMackies know well.

Soviet-born Nasiba came to study in the United States on a one-year exchange program as a 15-year-old. Ultimately, she earned college and graduate degrees from American universities.

Since then, she has become prominent on the international style circuit,

from her stint as the business development manager for Büro 24/7, the international fashion blog,

to her current venture, The Tot, an online resource and shop in Highland Park Village for chic mothers seeking information on baby products that are safe, healthy, and stylish.

“She’s so ahead of the curve of what people are doing. She’s always on trend,” says Cindy.

Thomas has an equally impressive international pedigree. He is the scion of the British family whose company,

City Electric Supply, he now runs as President and CEO.

Born in Switzerland and raised in Colorado, a stint at SMU brought him to Dallas 12 years ago.

He still spends a good deal of time in London on business. He and Nasiba met while vacationing in St. Barths.

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