“This industry gives and gives and gives,” said Gerald Shaw, president of Oscar de la Renta Ltd., playing host Monday night in New York as co-chair of the 10th annual fashion and beauty industries’ benefit for CityMeals-On-Wheels. “We raised about $90,000 tonight, which will bring about 23,000 meals to the homebound elderly, and that’s terrific.”
Ruth Finley, executive director of the New York Fashion Council and co-chair for the evening, received an inscribed picture frame for her 10-year involvement with the organization. Finley said the record funds raised and the turnout of about 350 people at Martini’s Restaurant were her reward.
Preston Robert Tisch, president of Friends of CityMeals-On-Wheels, said the group raised $4 million overall last year, serving more than one million weekend meals to supplement government assistance.
The evening included a buffet of Italian cuisine, a raffle of 91 prizes donated by fashion and industry firms, and lots of talk about when and if Bergdorf Goodman’s Burton Tansky will be named head of Neiman Marcus. Tansky himself, however, was coy.
“What questions could you ask that haven’t already been asked, and what could I say?” said Tansky, as he exited the room.