NEW YORK — Eileen Fisher felt empathy for the organization that honored her Monday night.

Trickle Up, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, paid homage to Fisher’s entrepreneurial spirit at its Taste of the World 2003 dinner at the Puck Building in Manhattan.

“This is a very sweet organization because they really make a difference,” said Fisher, who started her business 20 years ago. “They know my story because I began my business with only $350 and that’s their philosophy, too — that a small amount of money and a lot of support can really go a long way and change people’s lives.”

Fisher’s bridge-priced line does about $140 million in annual volume today — a far cry from her early beginnings. “It is a big leap,” Fisher added.

The event raised $255,000 to benefit Trickle Up.

On Thursday evening, Fisher’s company received the Corporate Leadership Award from Gilda's Club in Westchester. Paula Bennett, chief operating officer of Eileen Fisher, accepted the award on the company's behalf. It was held at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, N.Y.

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