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Fashion Plates

22 Oct

Fashion, food and philanthropy collided at a wonderful event to benefit autism in Jupiter, Florida. Fashion designer Julian Chang presented his fashions, Eloquence Jewelry provided the gems and the restaurant 1000 North served the food, thanks to event host Sherrye Sammons Fenton (below) and Legends Radio emcee Mike McGann.

Miami is the inspiration for fashion designer Julian Chang (below). “We are all about colors and happy prints,” said Chang.

In addition to the vibrant prints, some of the collection contained black and white graphics, as seen in the example below.

The pop-up jewels on sale were from Eloquence Fine Jewelry & Gifts (below).

More than 100 guests attended the sold-out event. Here are two attendees, Lorraine Bolton (left) and Cindy Pollack, who supported the philanthropic happening.

A portion of the trunk show sales from the event supported the Els for Autism Foundation. The Els for Autism Foundation is international with an in-person facility in Jupiter, Florida.

Julian Chang summed up the afternoon perfectly while describing his fashions. “People want to feel happy.”

Trade Secrets to Empower Women

11 Nov

One of my favorite events in Motown is Trade Secrets, where successful  women give inspiring advice. The event raises funds for the JVS “Women to Work” program. I know about the program first hand. This program provides unemployed women (those displaced from the workforce and those never in the workforce) with job search training, career assessment and market-ready skills. “Women to Work” helps with resume building and most important confidence boosting.

This year’s virtual event 7 p.m. Nov. 19 features Suzy Farbman (below) as the keynote speaker. Suzy is my friend and colleague. She is a dynamo– a compelling storyteller and an extraordinary person. Her latest book is GodSigns. The tagline reads “Health, Hope and Miracles, My Journey to Recovery.” Suzy, who has appeared on the Oprah show, weaves a spiritual account of her path overcoming adversity. Here’s an apt description of the uplifting book:  “Think of the startling truth and eye-opening adventure of Eat, Pray, Love.”

For more about the book, please click here.

To date, the 2020 Trade Secrets event has raised more than $238,000 through sponsorship and ticket sales to empower unemployed women. To purchase a ticket click here

Art with Heart

30 Sep

 

The annual Detroit ORT and the City event has a new format this year due to the pandemic. Now, the entire world can attend an on-line art auction of 31 one-of-a-kind works designed by emerging and nationally recognized Motown artists.

ORT challenged the artists to create a piece in his/her specific medium that communicates the theme “what’s in your heart.” The mixed media collage, above, is by artist Ilene Kahan. The miniature ceramic pieces forming a work of art, below, is by Elysia Vandenbussche.

Here are the 31 participating artists: Jolie Altman, Davin Brainard, Marlo Broughton, Julie Chernow, Leah Cohen, Kaysi Grimes, Forrest Hudes, Ilene Kahan, Jennifer Kroll, Andie Labgold, Eric (elcappy) Lowry, Sheefy McFly, Alanis McNier, Stevie Miller, Sam Morris, Troy (TYP) Murray,  Marla Must, Henry Newell, Nic Notion, Jaime Pattison, Cristin Richard, Brenda Rosenberg, Paula Schubatis, Clinton Snider, Gerry Spring, Dessislava (Dessi) Terzievas,, Rachel Elise Thomas, Elysia Vandenbussche, Natalie Wadlington, Melissa Webb, and Errin Whitaker.

The ORT and The City online art auction preview will begin on Thursday, October 15th.

Bidding will begin on Sunday, October 18th at 10:00 a.m. ET and end on Wednesday, October 21st at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The registration link will be available once the auction preview goes live on Sunday, October 18th. Be sure to follow ORT Michigan on social media or visit https://ortamerica.org/ort-and-the-city/ for links and updates.

Once the preview goes live through the end of bidding, you will be able to see photos of the art, as well as watch videos from the artists discussing their piece.

There’s also an exciting raffle, with the winner being pulled on October 21st at 10:05 p.m ET via Facebook live. The winner gets to choose from 1 of 3 exciting prizes:  $2,500 gift card to American Express; $2,500 gift card to Peloton; or a $2,500 gift card to Amazon.  Tickets are $25 each or 3 for $50, 10 for $100, or 25 for $200.

The Presenting Sponsor of the ORT and the City on-line auction is TCF Bank.  Other event sponsors include: Michigan Healthcare Professionals, Kenwal, Deb and Steve Rosenthal, Mackey & Mackey, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Pophouse, Kroll Construction, the Forbes Company, IVF Michigan, the Mike Morse Law Firm, Kelle and Chris Illitch.

For 140 years, ORT has been around the world, transforming lives through training and education. Founded in 1880, ORT is one of the largest, global non-governmental education organizations, whose network of schools, colleges, and international programs, provides more than 300,000 at-risk students each year in more than 30 countries with the necessary tools to develop meaningful careers and lead fulfilling, independent lives.

For more information, please contact the ORT Michigan office at 248-723-8860 or michigan@ortamerica.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Good Book Fairy

5 Mar

Did you know there is a book fairy? I met her the other day when she spoke at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens. Her name is Lauren Margolin (left), and she has a fabulous blog www.goodfairybook.com where she shares her love for books and book clubs.

She gave some great advice for book clubs. Here are some of her tips: Choose books two to three months out, mix genres and locations in books, have the facilitator gather info on the internet, pull some good quotes from the book for discussion, coordinate the food and drink to match the book’s locale, meet at a bookstore for a change, authors love to be contacted and perhaps you can set up a Skype interview.

Then she listed several great book club choices in her presentation, which she gives all over the country.

Killer of the Flower Moon by David Grann; Educated by Tara Westover; Limelight by Amy Poeppel; Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran; The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See; Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens,;Moloka’i by Alan Brennert; Harry Potter by J.k. Rowling; The Kite Runner by Khaled Kosseini; Before we were Yours by Lisa Wingate; Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors; Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross; The Rent Collector by Camron Wright; Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick; Close Range by Annie Proulx; The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J.Ryan Stradal; The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristen Harmel; The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris; Midnight of Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew T. Sullivan; The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin; Hum if you Don’t know the Words by Bianca Marais, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood; The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.

 

Please go to her blog that is filled with information for book lovers. You can click here.

What is your book club reading?

Shameful Stuff

2 Mar

In the last week, I have heard two excellent speakers talk about sex trafficking — one is an internationally recognized attorney and the other is a best selling author.

The attorney is Lauren Hersh who is the founder and national director of World Without Exploitation, the national coalition to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She spoke to a group of men and women at a NCJW luncheon in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In addition to being a lawyer, she is an activist and educator on combating violence against women and girls. It was so scary to hear her talk about young women being recruited via social media especially on Instagram.

At the next Palm Beach Gardens event, Conversations with Jewish Women Authors, I heard Talia Carner (photo below), author of The Third Daughter. The Third Daughter is a historical fiction novel exposing a shameful secret about the trafficking of young Jewish women from Russia to Argentina in the late nineteenth century. Men would pose as wealthy grooms promising to give a prospective young bride a better life in America. The new husband would then enslave her into a life of prostitution.  According to Carner, this true, ugly scheme operated for more than seventy years with impunity. When Carner was doing research in Argentina, suddenly people would stop talking when she mentioned the historical facts of sex trafficking in the Jewish community. When asked about the evolution of the book, Carner replied, “I could not not write the book.”

I am proud to be a member of JWF,of the Greater Palm Beaches, where we work to advance the status of women and girls in the US and Israel through strategic grantmaking, advocacy and education, and leadership development programs to create long lasting social change.

Love is Complicated

5 Dec

Film producer Marra B. Gad wrote the poignant book The Color of Love, a story of a mixed-race Jewish girl. It’s a powerful memoir chronicling the racial injustice growing up and how one family handles it. A crazy aunt, among others, creates havoc in a loving, Jewish family.

Gad’s prose and poise wowed the crowd at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens Florida recently where I and Penny Beers (left) co-chaired the Mandel JCC’s “Celebrating Sisterhood Author Event.”

Spoiler alert: Love wins!

 

Couture Celebration

27 Nov

Detroiter Sandy Schreier can’t remember a time when she did not love fashion. She collected couture as a toddler, and in her teen years she drove to the tony,  auto magnate Detroit suburbs of Bloomfield Hills and Grosse Pointe.

For Schreier, fashion is not clothing — it’s art. And the experts agree. As part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s (MET) Collections Initiative celebrating the museum’s 150th anniversary, “In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection” will be on view Nov. 27-May 17.

According to the MET website, “The Costume Institute’s fall 2019 exhibition will feature promised gifts from Sandy Schreier, a pioneering collector, who over the course of more than half a century assembled one of the finest private fashion collections in the United States.”

There are some wonderful articles about the exhibit including the one in the New York Times by Vanessa Friedman and the one by a former colleague, Suzanne Chessler, in the Detroit Jewish News.

I was lucky to interview Schreier several years ago, and view her fabulous collection. She’s a walking encyclopedia of couture. In an article I wrote, I believe I called her a local treasure. Well, let’s amend that. She’s an international treasure.

Photo of Isaac Mizrahi and Sandy Schreier

I Spy

15 Nov

 

 

The Mandel JCC of Palm Beaches kicked off their book festival with best-selling author Pam Jenoff (right). Jenoff spoke about her life abroad as a junior diplomat in Krakow, Poland and segued into her newest book The Lost Girls of Paris.

Jenoff was just as engaging as her book about women secret agents during World War II. Let me share the opening teaser: A woman in Grand Central Station finds a suitcase of a dozen photographs. She takes the suitcase and becomes obsessed with finding out the truth about the women.

Don’t you love books about powerful, intelligent women?

 

Isaac Mizrahi’s Memoir

16 Sep

While I was in Motown last week, I met fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. It’s the second time I met him as I interviewed him almost 20 years ago when I was editor of Style magazine, a local Detroit publication no longer in existence.

He’s still engaging, funny and oh so talented. He was in Detroit speaking at a Hadassah event about his new memoir, I.M. Mizrahi spoke about growing up in an insulated, Syrian Jewish community in New York. He was conflicted as an overweight youth, but found his calling in the arts. He sketches, sings, performs, and dances. He was even in the movie Fame, as one of the dancers in high school.

Mizrahi is a well-known fashion icon, and now he can add writer to his list of accomplishments. It’s a candid, honest portrait with fashion, glamour and plenty of Jewish mother stories.

It’s Free. Yippee!

1 Jul

The invitation arrived by snail mail and e-mail. My local Hallmark store was having a grand reopening after a remodel. The first 250 people would receive $150 worth of free merchandise. Then I received another e-mail, just in case I forgot the first one.  How could I resist free stuff? And they really wanted me to attend.

So, I enlisted my good friend to be one of the 250 people to arrive a bit early for the 10 a.m. ribbon cutting. We came at 9:45. Big mistake. As we walked in a lady left with this warning. “You will never make it, there must be 600 people there.”

The line snaked around and around — just like the airport during Christmas. I heard that some people came at 7 a.m. What? It’s not like a rock concert. But, free stuff is really enticing.

So we waited and waited. My friend threatened to leave, but I talked her off the edge. Then finally she admitted that she put too much time in to leave. Everyone was smiling as they received the big, gray bag. As our place in line creeped along, I knew it might be bad news. Yep, they ran out about 100 people before us. But, Hallmark gave everyone that came an umbrella. Mine has a beautiful exotic print, shown above. After two hours, the experience ended like a Hallmark movie — neatly tied up in a bow or a bag, and everyone was happy.

What we do for free stuff! Please share your experience.

 

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