Fashion show to benefit women-centric charities

April 28 event at lake Mohawk Country Club

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  • Attendees browse the vendors tables at a similar Red Shoe event Photo courtesy of BW Nice

By Laurie Gordon

SPARTA — What could be better than enjoying fashion, a luncheon and meeting new business friends all while doing something for two great causes? On Friday, April 28, The Sussex County Chapter of BW NICE, Inc is holding “The Red Shoe,” a luncheon and fashion show to celebrate women in business at the Lake Mohawk Country Club, where women and men from the community will take time off to support Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Service of Sussex County (DASI), and Business Women Networking Involving Charity & Education, Inc. (BW NICE, Inc.)

“The partnership between BW NICE and DASI is extremely important and beneficial to DASI,” said DASI's Executive Director Jamie Bernard. “It provides an opportunity to increase awareness of domestic and sexual violence through presentations at their monthly meetings where we are able to showcase the breadth of our services, and provide a deeper level of education about these complex issues.The members can play an advisory role and offer mentorship opportunities for our clients and staff. They help us recruit volunteers and board members. And , last but certainly not least, these very generous women help us meet the critical needs of our clients with donations of household items and raising funds through the Red Shoe event. We are very grateful for the support of this group of caring professional women in our community.”

“The Red Shoe is patterned after a successful program Diane Simovich, Founder of BW NICE, developed, launched and nurtured in California. Simovich had a desire to connect with like-minded business women and bring their talents together to help benefit women in crisis or transition in the community. She said, “I’s important to connect with a cause that resonates with women on a grass roots level. The desire to bring a group of women together for a powerful cause was the inspiration and motivation behind the creation of BW NICE and The Red Shoe.”

Established in April 2009, BW NICE is a special organization that blends the successful building of women in business with helping other women achieve their potential in life and profession. BW NICE provides a warm, friendly atmosphere that is supportive, educational and dynamic. The Red Shoe was launched eight years ago by the Hunterdon Chapter and has become the flagship fundraiser for each chapter. Every chapter of BW NICE partners with an organization that focuses on domestic violence services and programs.

Donna Price, the president of the BW NICE of Sussex County attended the Hunterdon event and sai, “ I was so impressed with the organization and its mission that I worked with founder to launch a chapter in Sussex County.” It started in December of 2015 and Price was the founding president. She contacted other women business leaders and pulled together a board and got the chapter off the ground. She said, “In accordance with the BW NICE mission we reached out to Jamie Bernard at DASI and began working to support that organization as well as provide an educational component about DASI's services and the service needs in Sussex County. I know that I personally, have learned a great deal from the partnership about the issues that individuals and families are facing.”

In effort to make the Red Shoe a success, BW NICE is calling for attendees, vendors, sponsorships, program ads and donations for their Welcome Bags. Vendors who have already signed up to participate at the April 28 event include: Mary Kay, Earth Inspirations, Gratkowski Original Art, Rodan + Fields, Bee Cal Reiki, Rosemary DeTrolio RMT - Hands of Light by Rosemary, Magnolia and Vine, TouchStone Crystals by Swarovsky, NY Life, Advanced Vet Hospital, Relics Redefined, 100percent Beads, Living Oils, Grace and Heart Jewelry, and Always Balanced.

Before DASI was born, a woman named Barbara Cole ran a hotline and safe house out of her home. In 1984, a grant enabled the creation of Domestic Abuse Services of Samaritan Inn, and DASI staff trained its first volunteers for the 24-hour hotline. One of those volunteers was Jamie Bernard who is now DASI's Executive Director. DASI believes that all forms of violence and abuse are intolerable, and that social change is necessary to end interpersonal violence. The non-profit's mission is to foster mutual respect and healthy relationships by providing comprehensive services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families, community education, prevention programs, and advocacy. DASI offers safety, hope, and options for individuals and families affected by domestic and sexual violence, and for the community at large.

To attend this event which will greatly benefit these two vital charities, become a vendor, take out an ad in the program, become a sponsor or donate to the welcome bags, e-mail or call Price at 973-948-7673 or Event Chair Judy Tonkin at 201-321-5111

If you are a victim of abuse, DASI's 24 hour Helpline is: 973-875-1211.


WHAT: Red Shoe luncheon & fashion shot

WHEN: Friday, April 28, 2017

WHERE: Lake Mohawk Country Club

TIME:10 a.m. – 2 p.m


PHOTO: A post card about the inaugural Red Shoe Luncheon & Fashion Show to be held on Friday, April 28th at Lake Mohawk Country Club.

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