In 1997, Samuel Harps was wearing sunglasses.
His future looking bright, he took them off and laid them on the table. He and an actor friend, Tony Ortiz, were at SUNY Rockland Community College showing one of Harps’ plays when a gentleman approached them, “I would like to donate to your organization, what is its name?” he asked. Harps quickly looked around, saw the shades on the surface and said, “The name of our company is Shades. Ortiz said “yes…yes…Shades, we are a Multi-Cultural organization.”