Anne Keating, Bloomingdale’s senior vice president, and jewelry designer Joan Hornig were honored as philanthropic “heroes” by Help USA, which provides housing, job training, day care and other social services for the homeless and domestic violence victims.
The luncheon Tuesday at Tavern on the Green drew 400 guests, raised $538,000, and established The Anne Keating Domestic Violence Survivor Scholarship Fund to support graduates of the organization.
The event was also a platform for women to recount their heart-wrenching cases of abuse until finding refuge at Help USA facilities. “They made us feel safe — immediately; they gave us a home,” said Dawn Cacciatore, a mother who said she was stalked by her husband and once choked to the point of unconsciousness.
Cacciatore along with other victims of domestic violence — Mussamat Begum, Meredithe Rose McKellar, Sofija Krcic, Tacisha Necole Pinckney, Karen James Wade, Yanicke Harper, Maria Infante, Chavon Hinds, Terri Ann Pope, Adiatu Tarawaley and Yixia DeObaldia — received scholarships from Help USA to support their educational and career goals.
“It’s incredible to imagine all the hardships they have gone through,” said actress Marcia Gay Harden, who hosted the event with Deborah Roberts of ABC News. “It’s a gift that you allow us to hear your stories. I love that this lunch is about scholarships. It’s so beautiful.”
“I’m so inspired by your courage,” Katie Couric said to the women, before presenting Keating with her award. “Anne’s the ultimate go-to person with an uncanny knack for putting people together. I work for a network but Anne is a walking version of one. She’s the fairy godmother to a host of charities and organizations.”
Couric also praised Keating for getting Bloomingdale’s to be the first corporate sponsor of Couric’s colon cancer campaign. “Colon cancer wasn’t necessarily fashionable,” the CBS anchor said. “It was a very daring thing to do 10 years ago.”
Since forming her company in 2003, Hornig has donated 100 percent of the profits to charities. Bergdorf Goodman, which sells the jewelry exclusively, “took a chance on an unknown, middle-aged designer who was in financial services,” said the designer. Her husband, George, surprised her at the luncheon with a gift — he’s funded the Joan B. Hornig Community Art & Design Center in the Help USA Newark residence for low-income families and people with AIDS/HIV.
Others at the event included: Linda Fairstein, Cynthia Lufkin, Diana Taylor, Beth De Woody, Brooke Neidich, Laurie Tisch, Alice Tisch, Lisa Schultz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Cicely Tyson, Jim Gold, Susan Sokol, Kenneth Cole, Lyn Devon, Nicky Kinnaird, Tony Spring and Jack Hruska.
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@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
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@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
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In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)