pharell-williams-publicity-h-2019“To be among all these designer theta waves is a gift,” said Pharrell at the 71st annual benefit gala. “I’m incredibly curious about how I made it here tonight,” Pharrell Williams told The Hollywood Reporter, as he stepped off the red carpet Monday night in Manhattan at the 71st annual benefit for the scholarship fund for Parsons at The New School. “But I’m happy for the experience. To be among all these designer theta waves is a gift.”

Artist KAWS introduced Pharrell and presented him with the Parsons Table Award. “My greatest wish is to see students — and everyone in this room — creating without limits. No boundaries,” said Williams. “To open your mind to every idea. To open your work to everyone, to design for all bodies, genders, shapes, colors and abilities.” “People inspire me, their differences, their causes for doing things and differences.

And individuality,” he added. “That’s so cool to me. What’s not cool is doing the same thing. That’s also not fun.” Benefit co-chair Susan Rockefeller kicked off the seated dinner by saying, “These students are taking the lead for our planet and designing a future for all of us.” And to support those efforts, the evening raised a whopping $3.6 million in scholarship funding.