NEW YORK — Three fashion industry stalwarts — Abbey Doneger, Efraim Grinberg and Sammy Aaron — were honored at the annual UJA-Federation of New York, Fashion Division luncheon on Thursday at The Pierre, where they spoke of community and family ties, the scope of UJA’s philanthropy around the world, and exchanged digs about golf handicaps.
Gilbert Harrison, chairman of Financo, who chaired the event, said about 600 people attended and the luncheon raised almost $1.6 million.
Morris Goldfarb, chairman and chief executive officer of G-III Apparel Group, introduced Sammy Aaron, G-III’s vice chairman and ceo of its Calvin Klein division, as a man who “takes on challenges and succeeds in all of them….The Calvin Klein division will be over a $1 billion business.”
Aaron underscored UJA’s good works, including helping Holocaust survivors as well as supporting the Sunrise Day Camp for children with cancer, which he is deeply involved with.
Doneger, the president and ceo of The Doneger Group, was introduced by his son, Adam. “The first character trait that comes to mind is integrity. I’ve never met a man so morally aligned,” Adam Doneger said.
“I try to mentor a lot of young people. That gives me more practice with my kids,” Abbey Doneger joked. Turning serious, he said, “I am not a religious man, but I am very proud of my upbringing and Jewish heritage.” The UJA-Federation, Doneger added, “helps so many in need regardless of their background or religious beliefs.” He received the first UJA-Federation of New York’s Fashion Division Service Award.
“The UJA simply helps those who are in need,” said Grinberg, the chairman and ceo of the Movado Group. He recently visited the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan House, part of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, on St. Marks Place in Manhattan, one of the UJA’s 100 beneficiary agencies in 70 countries. “In fact, there are no Jewish men in the Kaplan House,” Grinberg told the luncheon crowd.