Heel the Soul
Last night, Jennifer, Alexa and I attended the Heel the Soul event at Montammy Golf Club in Alpine. It was my first big event back on the Bergen social scene in months and it felt GREAT! I didn't realize how much I missed it! Seeing old friends and the wonderful philanthropic women and men I've met over the past 13 years was truly amazing and felt like home to me.
Drum roll please... Heel the Soul had a record-breaking attendance of over 260 people, and raised over $93,000! Can you say AH-MAZING?!
We spoke with Sandra Sgambati, Manager of Communications and Donor Relations for Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation who gave us the background on Heel the Soul.
"Heel the Soul is a resource and support program at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center," says Sgambati. "It was launched four years ago, and to date, more than 1,000 women have received Heel the Soul’s comfort bag. The comfort bag began as a collection of feel-good items. Now, it has evolved into much, much more. Through the program, recipients have access to transportation assistance, healthy meal delivery, treatment services at the Graf Center for Integrative Medicine at EHMC and housekeeping services. The program expects to deliver 1,000 bags in 2018 thanks to a growing number of community volunteers who bring warmth, smiles and helping hands to patients at EHMC."
Joanne Ehrlich, Founder of Heel the Soul added, "When a woman is diagnosed with a serious illness, we cannot possibly know what it is like to walk in her shoes, but we can make sure she is not walking alone."
"I am so thankful for our community whose kindness and overwhelming generosity has given Heel the Soul its strong platform," she said. "And I am so excited to come together this evening with Dr. Nagarsheth, who is not here as the Chief of Gynecologic Cancer, but as a drummer with his band – who rocked the house with covers of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. And of course, I'm beyond grateful for our committee members, who along with Lori Villa and Sherri Ozawa have helped to expand, enhance and integrate Heel the Soul into the daily fabric of EHMC."
In all the years I've been attending really gorgeous events, it's always so important to truly understand the cause and mission of the charity you're supporting. With wonderful causes, comes really wonderful celebrations with very well-dressed women and men.
As usual, I am always drawn to those sporting major style. Below are my favorite looks of the night.
Joanne Ehrlich: She stunned in a black Talbot Runhof jumpsuit. Her diamond earrings and black Louboutin pumps completed the classic look.
Bonnie Notis: I noticed Bonnie immediately! She was sporting one of my favorite color combinations – gray and yellow. Her Prada blazer and clutch were so cheerful for the upcoming spring season, and her Manolo pumps matched perfectly.
Sonia Minetti-Sengos: She is such a pleasure to see and is always sporting the most important "accessory" – a big, friendly smile! Sonia looked fresh and of course, on trend for spring in a beautiful floral Magda Butrym blouse, Cult pants, Stephanie Kantis necklace and her favorite nude Louboutins. She swears they're comfy, but all my Louboutins are pretty brutal!
Warren Geller: Who doesn't love running into Warren? Always smiling, always such a friendly face! He looked dapper in his plaid suit and polka dot bow tie. LOVE that he mixed patterns and prints!
Norma Wellington and Bernie Koster: My favorite couple! I have been friends with Norma and Bernie for over a decade now and was SO happy to run into them! To know them, is to love them! Norma's monochromatic gray sweater set was soft and feminine, and the perfect neutral, and Bernie has the best suit, tie and handkerchief collection in Bergen. I'll challenge you to contest that!
My outfit info: A lot of people ask what I'm wearing and how I choose certain pieces, so here's some insight...My bold striped blouse is from Zara at Westfield Garden State Plaza. There's a long sash in the front that can be worn a few different ways, but I chose to tie it in a classic bow in front of my waist. My hunter green long vest is from Uniqlo, also located at Westfield GSP. I paired those two pieces over black Target leggings and tied in the red from the blouse with my Zara pumps. To incorporate another color, I wore my "eyes" BCBG navy satin clutch. Generally, when it comes to dressing, I gravitate toward something that will be different enough to stand out, without trying to stand out, if that makes sense. I like to make an outfit uniquely my own, so tying a sash a certain way, or choosing specific accessories really helps forge my own personal style.
Clearly, Jennifer, Alexa and I took the opportunity to "model" in Montammy's newly renovated space, which looks unbelievable, by the way!