Thursday, April 12, 2007

Your Town- Kathryn Keats By Kathleen Giordano

heard Kathryn Keats sing at Manhattan's Bitter End in Greenwich Village not too long ago. Her voice is strong, unique, and has a sound unlike any other singer in the industry. She is a cross between Annie Lennox and Josh Groban. However, even more impressive than her singing talent, is her tremendous courage, tenacity, and her tireless passion for living. Kathryn Keats, formerly known as Ellen Christian Munger, lived in virtual hiding from a former live-in lover for fifteen years. This man, Ken Ford, who was a well-known and accomplished composer/musician, suffered with the insidious disease known as Schizophrenia. For years, he mentally, physically, ritualistically and emotionally abused Kathryn. He was not only her lover but was her artistic collaborator as well. After a five week jury trial, a court gave Mr. Ford a two year sentence to a mental institution in Napa, California. He was not only a danger to himself and others in general, but, specifically, continued to be a threat to Kathryn. With the intervention of the police and the help of the Victim's Witness organization, Kathryn was given a new identity to keep her safe from further harm. Ten months ago, Kathryn found out that Ken had died. Since that time she has been able to reclaim her life as a singer and composer by performing in concerts in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She has recorded with Pete Sears of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship, Aram Avagyan, Gunnar Madsen and many others.Her one woman show After The Silence is being released as a book. The harrowing details of her relationship with Mr. Ford have been written into a feature film by Hollywood's hottest screenwriter, Chrisanna Northrup.Mark Monroe, Kathryn's manager and director, has set up a series of performances in Los Angeles that will feature her original work and story. She is also enjoying great success scoring feature films.Keats has never been happier or more determined. There is no looking back for this enormously talented woman. Kathryn is a survivor."Not enough can be said about getting one's identity back," says Keats. "It feels absolutely incredible to be free from living in fear every day."

Your Town-Oceana By Kathleen Giordano

Oceana, an international conservation group, held a cocktail party at Christie's Auction House on July 24, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Rockefeller Center... It was a private preview of Christie's world-class Maritime Art and Auction Collection. Oceana supporters, guests other ocean enthusiasts were able to preview the model ships, marine-themed paintings and other ocean-inspired collectibles at the event. The paintings and other collectibles were auction off on July 27th with all proceeds going to Oceana. "Thanks to Christie's generous support, Oceana is making a great splash in our newest home, New York City," said Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless. "We are incredibly proud to be associated with such an iconic New Yorker as Christie's. We think New York should and can become a leader in ocean advocacy. After all, New York is the largest ocean-facing city on the planet."International Yachtsman Magazine sponsored the event with TOUS, a third generation jewelry company, donating items for onsite drawings. Oceana's mission is to help protect and keep clean oceans for our health as well as the environments. "We can restore ocean ecosystems that will sustain us, entertain us, amaze us and generate jobs around the world for centuries to come." In 2005 alone, this organization has many accomplishments. In the Pacific they have worked to protect the corals and have bycatch limits. They have launched an international campaign that helps to protect our seafood from mercury. Oceana has explored the seas from San Francisco through the Panama Canal to the Mediterranean. The Oceana lawyers won a case to end backroom dealings on Chilean fisheries. Another accomplishment of Oceana is they have successfully campaigned 30 European Nations to establish criminal penalties for anyone dumping oil into the ocean.The Oceana campaign has also put together a "green list" of grocery stores that provide signs to protect you from high levels of mercury in fish. These grocery stores are Carr's, Dominick's, Genuardi's, Pak'n Save Foods, Pavilions, Randalls, Safeway, Tom Thumb, Vons, Whole Foods and Wild Oats. Unfortunately, there are more grocery stores on the "red list" of stores that do not provide you with signs, but Oceana is working to rectify that. Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world's oceans. Their teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life. Oceana has campaigners in North America, South America and Europe with over 300,000 members.

Your Town-Tribute to John Sahag By Kathleen Giordano

On June 13, 2006, family, friends and colleagues gathered together to remember and celebrate the life of celebrity stylist, John Sahag who succumbed to brain cancer in 2005. The theme of the night was to keep his legacy alive and reveal the new faces of the John Sahag Workshop. The evening was also the launch of the John Sahag Foundation whose purpose is to foster creativity and support of craftsmen in the hair design industry through continuing education, training and scholarships. John Sahag was internationally known as an artist for more than 30 years. His groundbreaking method for cutting hair was something that earned him his renowned reputation. He mastered the "dry cut" which technique is used by many stylists today. Johns work was featured in many infamous fashion magazines. Recognizing his talent at the age of 16, John went off to Paris where he was in high demand. In 1985, he opened up a salon in New York City called the John Sahag Workshop."I wanted to create an oasis away from the frenetic pace of New York life, to erase the "edginess" of urban living and to revive the energy of each man and woman who enters into my space so they can leave feeling enhanced, refreshed and invigorated." He stayed involved with his workshop as much as he could up until the end. Sahag took pride in his work and who worked with him. Affectionately calling his colleagues "his kids", he created a team of experts. In attendance were resident stylists Gabriel Saba, Karmela Lozina, Mayumi Honda, Rafael Garcia, Daniel Garza, Thomas Clancy and colorists Frank Reina and Santino N. Acquista. They continue John's legacy everyday by using his inventive dry cut. He instructed them to treat every client individually and to find a look that is as unique as a fingerprint. The night was appropriately titled "A Night of Imagination, Unlimited". The evening would not have been able to take place if it weren't for his faithful clients Martin and Janet Sheen, Julianne Moore and Rita Wilson. The event was hosted by Holly Hunter, Carol Kane, Irina Pantaeva, Estee Lauder President John Demsey; Vogue Beauty Director, Sarah Brown; Town & Country Beauty Health Director, Janet Carlson Freed, Basil Charles of Mustique and M. Katherine Dwyer, Officer of John Sahag, Ltd. and Founder of Skinklinic. That night $100,000 was raised for the John Sahag Foundation. Several people gave speeches about a man that they not only respected, but greatly missed. John was said to be a magician with a scissor and comb. He was known as a true "rock star" and was even called the Mick Jagger of hair. One thing for certain is that he touched the lives of so many people and definitely left an impact on this world!

Your Town-Edwin Gould Services for Children By Kathleen Giordano

The Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families (EGSCF) held its fifth annual Artrageous gala dinner and art auction to benefit children through art. It was held at Cipriani's in New York City and honored Peter and Nejma Beard, James Cavello and Vincent du Vigneaud. The EGSCF has an array of services, which address the complex and multiple problems that often lead to family disintegration. "This includes preventative services designed to intervene with troubled families, services to reduce or eliminate domestic violence as well as vocational and employment programs to empower families economically." They also offer group living environments for developmentally disable adults and children whose families are unable to care for them. The evening held a live art auction hosted by Sotheby's. The artwork was from the first part of the Artrageous event which was Children's Day. The guests were able to enjoy the company of others while paying tribute to the four honorees for their services and support of children. Peter and Nejma Beard were the first honored. They have been actively supporting the Artrageous projects for many years. They contributed Peter's unique photographs of the land, wildlife and people of Africa to the auction. Their humanitarian efforts go beyond domestic issues, but globally as well. They are apart of many organizations that benefit people all over the world. James Cavello is an art consultant and active member of the arts community. He is the President and co-owner of the Westwood Gallery in SoHo, New York. Through his career he has assisted many international and local non-profit organizations. He serves on the board of many programs that benefit and help children. Cavello is a participating artist in the Artrageous event. Vincent du Vigneaud is dedicated to assisting neglected and abused children to a better life. He began as a donor for the EGSCF and soon became a mentor for children. He used a hands-on approach to motivate children in academics and career goals. du Vigneaud constantly is striving to help people, especially those in need. He supports many causes and his niece Madyn Coakley serves on the Artrageous Kids Committee.

Your Town-The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America By Kathleen Giordano

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), Greater New York Chapter held its thirteenth Annual Women of Distinction luncheon on May 10, 2006. The event was held at Waldorf Astoria and honored three extraordinary women. The honorees included Vera Wang, a well known fashion designer, Susan Lyne, President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. and Madeline Boyd, Senior VP of External Affairs for NY Mercantile Exchange. Vera Wang is a native New Yorker who understands women who embrace fashion was honored with the Women of Distinction Fashion Award. She was the youngest ever Vogue fashion editor and stylist where she remained for 16 years until she moved to Ralph Lauren as a design director. She opened her own store in 1990 where she sold her collection. She was honored at the 2005 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) where she received "Womenswear Designer of the Year".Madeline Boyd has been a member of the Exchange board since 1998 and a gasoline trader on the Exchange since 1987 and was honored with the Women of Distinction Award for Finance. She is the only woman to serve on its executive committee as well as being the president of the NYMEX Political Action Committee. As president the foundation has grown from an annual budget of $125,000 to more than $2 million in 2004. She is also a chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange Charitable Assistance Fund. Susan Lyne became president and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in November 2004. She is responsible for all aspect of media and merchandising company including Publishing, Television and Internet segments. Lyne was the President of ABC entertainment until April 2004. She oversaw many hit television shows and she regularly served as the entertainment division's strategic director. Lyne was honored with the Women of Distinction Award in Media, and due to a family emergency, Martha Stewart graciously accepted the award on her behalfThe hostess of the event was Co- Anchor of ABC News, Primetime and Nightline, Cynthia McFadden. She is directly affected by the disease and considered it an honor to be apart of the event. The chairs of the luncheon, Pauline Arama-Olsten, Ellen Crown, Elyse Newhouse and Michele Sweetwood have all been touched by the disease and have raised $2 million in the past two years. Tess Koman, a 14 year old high school student from New Jersey, was declared a "Rising Star" because of the work she has done with New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone. She has suffered from the disease and has "spearheaded the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Act". Vera Wang's Fall 2006 collection was previewed along with a fashion show presented by Bergdorf Goodman. A raffle was also offered to help raise money for the CCFA.The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation was founded in 1967 and is the leader in the fight against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. CCFA has been apart of the research and has helped to educate people and raise awareness of the disease. In addition they offer support groups and have advocates in the government. CCFA is a nonprofit organization which is supported financially by individuals, foundation and corporate contributions. For more information on CCFA please view their website

Your Town-FDJ French Dressing By Kathleen Giordano

FDJ French Dressing presented its fall and winter fashion collections to the press at its biannual event on April 11, 2006 at Quebec Government House. It was the second time this event was held on their behalf. Donald Johannesson, the Creative Director of FDJ French Dressing, designs clothing with women in mind. By the time he was 13 years of age, he knew he was fated to be a part of the fashion industry. He studied at the Fashion Arts Academy in Montreal and has worked in New York, Hong Kong and Europe.While taking into consideration that women's bodies change as they get older, he creates clothes that are not only comfortable but stylish as well. The new line is a reflection of the women who wear it; mature and sensible. It has a feel reminiscent of the 70's, 80's, and 90's. Johannesson choose autumn colors such as browns, burnt orange and rich cognac that would fit the season in which they would be sold. The clothing is designed to make a self assured woman look great and feel better about herself. The clothes have a modern yet clean look about them and can make any woman feel sexy in what she's wearing. The collections are versatile and allow women to mix and match with all the other pieces.Although, FDJ French Dressing creates shirts, pants, skirts and jackets, they are mainly known for their well-fitting denim. There are many different styles for that were designed to fit well, be comfortable and to look great all at the same time. The jeans accent a woman's body so that she can feel confident in what she's wearing. The styles include regular rise, mid rise and low rise and have a romantic, womanly look about them. The clothing line formed for women 35 and up. Recognizing that these women are the most susceptible to developing breast cancer, FDJ French Dressing has raised funds for the past eight years to help find a cure. They have raised over $2.7 million for Breast Cancer Support and Awareness. Johannesson has dedicated his life to helping women feel better about themselves. For over 20 years he has targeted the same audience and will continue to help raise funds and awareness for women's well-being.For more information about FDJ French Dressing's women's wellness initiatives please visit Please view for their new fashion and store locations.

Your Town- Breast Cancer Foundation By Kathleen Giordano

On March 23, 2006, twenty-five ordinary men and women were honored for their extraordinary accomplishments in their local communities for the fight against breast cancer with a special dinner held at the Conde Nast Headquarters in New York City.Yoplait, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and SELF Magazine conducted a search across the nation to find worthy individuals who have exemplified themselves as champions. There was not a dry eye in the room as each individual was introduced for their amazing undertakings through a video and each story was more compelling than the next. Each champion had been touched by breast cancer in one way or another. Some are patients, survivors, advocates, as well as family members of breast cancer victims. These real-life heroes are from seventeen different states throughout the United States. "It's an honor to recognize the Yoplait Champions for their dedication to the fight against breast cancer," said Camille Gibson, Vice President of Yoplait. "These real-life heroes are truly inspiring and I am in awe of their courage and strength."Yoplait honored these champions in conjunction with the Save Lids to Save Lives in a promotion that ran from March 15 through May 15. Yoplait will donate ten cents to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for every special pink lid that is saved and mailed in through July 31, 2006. Yoplait is willing to donate up to $1.5 million dollars with a guaranteed minimum donation of $500,000.The honored individuals were: (Everyone not shown here.)Ethel Kessler, designer of first breast cancer semi-postal stampSarah Copeland, founder of LibLinesTammy S. Greyshock, founder of "Laugh for the Cure"Martha Kaley, founder Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer TestCarmen Gonzalez, survivor who passes on strength to patients at Texas Tech University Breast Cancer Care CenterNancy A. Ryan, working so that breast cancer can not threaten women's livesBarbara Hensley, founded Hope Chest for Breast Cancer FoundationCookie Aftergut, personally helped more than 300 women through her program ChemoChicMary Lynn Faunda Donovan, helped secure $5 million in funding for breast cancer treatment for uninsured womenFran Robinson, dedicated the past 20 years to breast health educationDorothy Slator Paterson, educated young women about breast cancer such as "In the Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness" badge for girl scoutsFaye Dietiker, founded Breast Cancer AngelsJana Peters, founded The Ribbons of Pink FoundationHeather Pick, as an anchorwoman proves to viewers that cancer does not mean the end of daily lifeGenne' McDonald, encourages women with cancer to become more physically active and to "SurVIVA La Difference"Jeff Popkin, works with The Ellie Fund and will be the forefront of innovative family careChristine Smith, leads the Northwest Hope and Healing FoundationKaren Parker-Chesson, developed creative ways to educate people and raise money for researchDebbie Mancini-Wharff, organized an annual Crop for the Cure eventSharon L. Bassett, co-founded the Sharon L. Bassett FundBecky Haddad, committed volunteer to the Komen FoundationDenise O'Neill, founded the Survivors Offering Support mentoring programShaney Jo Darden, co-founded Keep a Breast FoundationDiane Youngblood, established the Diane Youngblood Endowment Fund for Breast Care Services andKathy Cawthon, co-founded The Cancer CrusadeThe Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the young age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, The Komen Foundation has raise $750 million for the fight against breast cancer. SELF Magazine is the preeminent healthy lifestyle magazine for women. SELF debuted 26 years ago as the first-ever magazine of total well-being, incorporating health and beauty, fitness and nutrition, and happiness and personal style all in one package. SELF is the creator of the Pink Ribbon and has long been dedicated to the issues of women's health and breast cancer awareness. More than five million readers turn to SELF each month and is published by Conde Nast Publications

Your Town-Pajama Program By Kathleen Giordano

The Pajama Program honored Philadelphia native singer, actress, activist and best selling author Ms. Patti LaBelle as "Mother of the Year" at their fifth annual awards luncheon on May 5, at New York City's Pierre Hotel.The Pajama Program, an international non-for-profit children's charity, provides new pajamas and new and gently used books to needy and abused children. "Many times we take things like having pajamas and books for granted," says LaBelle. "But something small like having comfortable clothes to rest in can help improve the quality of children's lives. This is a wonderful organization. There are so many underprivileged and underserved children in our country and around the world and sometimes the simplest things can make big differences in their lives. Many times we take things like having pajamas and books for granted, but something small like having comfortable clothes to rest in can help improve the quality of children's lives."Between her best-selling books including Don't Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime, Patti Labelle's Lite Cuisine, Labelle Cuisine and Patti's Pearls, and her wildly-known classic ballads "On My Own" with Michael McDonald, "If Only you Knew," "You Are My Friends," and "If You Asked Me To," her most valued role is that of being a devoted mother of four. Ms. LaBelle has four sons and one daughter (one biological son and four adopted children of her late sisters). The Pajama Program was founded by entertainment promotions executive Genevieve Piturro and interior designer Alice Pagano Quirk in 2001. "Ms. LaBelle is such a selfless person and a role model to many working mothers," said Piturro. "No one is more deserving of our 'Mother of the Year' award."Previous honorees include TV personality Meredith Vieira, CNN anchor and this year's presenter Soledad O'Brien and socialite Ivana Trump.Opening and closing remarks were made by host and board member Dr. Paula Moynahan. Acknowledgements were made by Chair Sharon Marantz Walsh, with a heartfelt welcome made by co-founder Genevieve Piturro.Very dear friend, songwriter and socialite, Denise Rich presented Ms. LaBelle with the "Mother of the Year" award. Honorary co-chairs of this year's event included Countess Nubia Braschi, Mercedes Ellington, Tina Radziwill, and Ivana Trump, who is on the charity's advisory board.

Your Town- The Nip Tuck Workout By Kathleen Giordano

On Tuesday, February 28, Dr. Bruce Nadler anticipated book Nip and Tuck Workout: Exercise Through the Eyes of a Plastic Surgeon launched at Fredericks Bar and Lounge in Manhattan.Nadler, a renowned plastic surgeon who "nipped and tucked Manhattan's elite, switched gears and is now a certified fitness trainer and bodybuilding competition judge. Nadler gives important indispensable guidance and easy-to-do exercises to shape the body you desire, always stressing proper proportion and visual symmetry rather than strength or the ability to play a specific sport. Your Life! Senior Editor, "Lady Barber" Kathleen Giordano, was one of the lucky recipients to win a one-on-one workout with Dr. Nadler. Not only does Dr. Nadler have a charming and easy bedside manner, but for the first time, I had someone explain the benefits of lifting weights, the importance on how to life them, the repetitions required, and the muscles that were involved in lifting. No more exercise tapes for me. In fact, I injured a muscle in my left arm while working out to a fitness tape made by a world renowned model. It took me two months before I could lift again. The problem with most exercise/video tapes is they fail to educate the viewer on the proper "benefits and the "whys of exercising correctly.America's Next Top Model star Ann Markley, who graces the cover of the book, was in attendance as was hot NY DJ Donna D?Cruz, who is also a client of Dr. Nadler's. Media and friends enjoyed appetizers and drinks to celebrate the launch.Nip Tuck Workout: Exercise Through the Eyes of a Plastic Surgeon is available on as well as booksurge.

Your Town-50 Most Beautiful People By Kathleen Giordano

Recently named one of India?s 50 Most Beautiful people and voted "one of the sexiest South Asians in American by Bibi, Anand Jon celebrated his ATOM & EVE Fall 2006 Couture Collection, the first full line of "Anand Jon Ready- to-Wear" and debut of "AJ Jeans" at club FIZZ in Manhattan on February 8, 2006 in New York City. Donald Trump, Jr. and his wife Vanessa Trump joined hosts Hannah and Vanessa Bronfman.Anand Jon's newest collection is a mixture of Eastern and Western cultures embodying the Anand Jon lifestyle. The AJ Jeans collection features exotic feathers, Japanese and Italian luxury denim, and mainly dark tones to fall with form fitting mid-hip rise, with both slender legs and flattering boot flares in select items. In addition to the signature embroideries and hand painting, the "kiss my A_ _ campaign highlights the strategically positioned "scarlet letter". The highest quality cotton blend jersey looks highlight the collection with body-contouring shapes detailed with the world-renowned embroidery Anand Jon exploded onto the scene with. The jeans pick up some of those details mixing high luxe items with casual wearable delicates.The eveningwear highlights sexy, sensual feminine pieces complimenting the bodies of all women, not just fashion models. The gowns shimmered with touches of embroidery on French lace and heavy weight charmousse silks in Midnight Blue hues and translucent metallics. This fall 2006 Collection is the first full line of ready-to-wear from Anand Jon, who was featured alongside Norah Jones, M Night Shyamalan in Newsweek's next generation "Power & Influence list. AJ Jeans have already been seen on the "A-Listers from starlets to society "it girls such as: Nicky Hilton, Padma Lakshmi, Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel. Others include: Michelle Rodriquez, Jaid Barrymore, Annabelle Jones and Marisol Thomas. Other clients include Tara Reid, Elizabeth Jagger, Lydia Hearst, Amanda Hearst, Mya, Next up for this handsome hottie will be "Altar - the wedding line and Men?s line "A-Men. Bruce Springsteen, Rob Thomas, Prince and Michael Clark Duncan have been dressed by Anand Jon. For more information, please view

Your Town-The Lighthouse International By Kathleen Giordano

The Lighthouse International for the blind and visually impaired celebrated its black tie Centennial fundraiser with its 2006 Winternight Gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on Wednesday, February 15, 2006.
This year's host of the Centennial was Mike Wallace with Ari Fleischer acting as co-host.The Lighthouse saluted the Centennial Family - the family of Sol and Lillian Goldman and their Centennial Partner, Novartis Ophthalmics, and Lighthouse Legends: Melissa L. Cohn, Flemming Ornskov, Gary Shapiro, Christina Johnson, Bill Blass, Michael Kors, Isaac Mizrahi, Oscar de la Renta, John G. Ledes, Guy Peyrelongue, Liz Tilberis, Lawrence J. Aiken, Annette Green, Shirley Lord Rosenthal, Judith Peabody and Audrey Hepburn.Founded in 1905 by sisters Winifred and Edith Holt, Lighthouse International is the leading resource all over the world on helping people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss.Vision impairment is on the rise, and there are 16.5 million Americans 45 and older who are visually impaired. That number is growing at an alarming rate and will reach 20 million in less than five years.The Winternight Gala is a highlight of Lighthouse International's year-long Centennial celebration, reinforcing their leadership role and setting the stage for providing much-needed vision services over the next century.Over the years, Winternight, a popular evening of dining and dancing, has raised millions of dollars in support of the Lighthouse mission.The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm and dinner follows at 7:30 pm. For more information on volunteering and donating please visit the Lighthouse International's website:

Your Town-Russian Art Exhibitation By Kathleen Giordano

Over 400 celebrated the successful closing of the Russian Art Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum on Wednesday, January 14, 2006 in New York City.RUSSIA! has been widely acclaimed as the most comprehensive exhibition demonstrating Russia's remarkable contributions to world culture from the 13th Century to the present day. This unique exhibition has been realized under the patronage of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and is a cultural collaboration between the United States and Russia.The exhibition was a significant reflection of the richness and diversity of the once sovereign empire, including select works amassed in Russia since the time of Peter the Great. It provided an opportunity to explore the extraordinary history of Russian art during an expansive chronological period. Because of the importance of this exhibition, all works presented were of the highest quality and charted the decisive moments in the development of Russian art.Helen Yarmak, the premier Russian fashion house in the U.S., designed a special collection "Russia which as displayed on models at the event. Ms. Yarmak received the Global Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000 and was named International Designer of the Year in 2003. Her luxury furs and jewelry collections can be seen in stores such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.And speaking of jewelry, Ms. Yarmak knows a thing or two about big rocks. The fur designer started her own jewelry line a few years back using semiprecious stones indigenous to Russia. Trained as a mathematician, Yarmak entered the fashion business in the 1990's. For her jewelry line, she works extra large stones like topaz, aquamarine and amethyst into chancy necklaces, bangles and rings in distressed gold. "I wouldn't say it's exactly spiritual, but I feel a connection with the stones. People come to us filled with stress. Step by step, they cheer up, she says. "It makes me happy."Yarmak's office is filled with photographs of herself hobnobbing with international power players like Bill Clinton and Prince Charles and her connections with Russia?s politicians, celebrities and socialites are no less wide reaching. Other celebrity clients include Goldie Hawn, Chloe Sevigny, Janet Jackson, Morgan Fairchild and Jim Carrey and many many others. CBS News has called Helen Yarmak the "Russian Fashion Ambassador in America."The evenings' host and sponsor was Alexandre Gertsman, President of The International Foundation of Russian and Eastern European Art (INTART). He congratulated Thomas Krens, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Lisa Dennison, Director of New York Guggenheim Museum, ABT's Prima Ballerina Irina Dvorovenko and Helen Yarmak Fashion House U.S. Representative Anna Kiladze. Other guests included Andrei Denisov, Jacob "The Jeweler Arabo, actress Tina Louise, model Keisha Boldan, art consultant Michel Witmer, lighting designer Bentley Meeker, Zina Sapir, Salvatore Strazzullo, Debbie Dickenson, Julie Hayek, Michele Gerber Klein, Elizabeth Scokin and Pavel Machitski of Moscow's Tretyacov Gallery.

Your Town-Skin Deep By Kathleen Giordano

Katherine Rothman CEO of KMR Communications presented the launch of SKIN DEEP Magazine at Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club on January 10, 2006 on the Upper East Side in New York City.Super-model and best-selling author Carol Alt graced the cover and signed copies of her new diet/lifestyle book "Eating in the Raw: A Beginner?s Guide to Getting Slimmer, Feeling Healthier, and Looking Younger the Raw-Food Way." Suzanne Somers appeared on the premier issue of SKIN DEEP and Emmy award winning soap star Susan Lucci will be on the spring cover. Other celebrities who attended the standing room only event included NBC Apprentice Star Kwame Jackson, Restaurateur Bruno Jamais, Newly appointed Court TV Hollywood Heat Anchor Lynne White, recording star Samantha Cole who debuts her new CD Obsession and graced Playboy Magazine's November issue as "babe of the month, WNBC's Dr. Max Gomez, Atlanta Braves Pitcher John Rocker, Café B Owner Michel Bittan, Broadway Rent Star Karmine Alers, NY Post "Page 6 Columnist Richard Johnson and Sessa Von Richtofen and Englewood, NJ Mayor Michael Wildes.SKIN DEEP was founded by attorney and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeanette Martello. In the United States alone last year, over $10 billion dollars was spent on cosmetic procedures. Now consumers and patients will be able to get the most up-to-date information on all of image enhanced surgeries with SKIN DEEP Magazine. Readers will be privy to secrets from a panel of experts on all topics ranging from beauty, fitness, style, anti-aging, skin care, plastic surgery, health, medicine and all image related issues in the most comprehensive way. Education and guidance are the most important aspects of the SKIN DEEP brand, which includes the ground-breaking SKIN DEEP Magazine, the SKIN DEEP book series and informative website Media gift bags with items from over 40 companies such as Crunch, Court TV, Susan Ciminelli Day Spa, Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup, Mezzaluna Vodka, Conair, 201 Supper Club, The Hamptons Diet Book, the fragrance All My Children Fusion and many many others. Proceeds from a silent auction benefited a Bergen County Charity: The Englewood Community Chest.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Your Town-Lia Sophia By Kathleen Giordano

Under the hot, summer, sultry heat of New York City, designers Elena Kiam and Dani Stahl unveiled their "it destination jewelry collection to the press, family and friends. The event took place on the rooftop of 60 Thompson Street with the gorgeous view of downtown Manhattan simmering in the background on Wednesday, August 3, 2005. Guests were treated to cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a special gift: a stunning piece of jewelry from the "it destination collection.
Lia sophia is known for its leading edge designs and is worn by very high-profiled trendsetters and celebrities. This collection follows on the heels of their highly successful Red Carpet Collection introduced earlier this year which is a favorite of the Hilton sisters, and actresses Debra Messing, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Nicolette Sheridan
Kiam's inspiration for "it" destination was the Island of Capri. She collaborated with up-and-coming designer Dani Stahl to create a collection that features designed cuffs, bangles, link necklaces and glamorous earrings, as well as, a bold cocktail ring and a show-stopping brooch. The "it" colors that are seen throughout the collections are gold, coral, turquoise and tiger's eye.The distinct name of lia sophia was inspired by Elena and Tory Kiam's daughters. The company was formerly known as Lady Remington. Tory Kiam's family owned The Remington Shave Company.Based outside Chicago, the company offers a 500-piece product line of affordable, high quality, fashion forward jewelry. Lia sophia is a multi-level network business and many women have opened their own businesses since the company reinvented its image to fit the lifestyles of women today. This is a company where women support and empower other women. Lia sophia success stories range from women who work part-time to those who make it a full-time career but still have flexible time to be home with their children.Lia sophia's mission is to connect women to their dream. While being committed to empowering women to launch their own business, lia sophia is also dedicated to helping less fortunate women. Since June of 2004, lia sophia has partnered with Dress For Success, a nationally known non-profit organization which helps low-income women make the transition into the workforce by giving these women a business suit for first time interviews. To date, lia sophia has donated approximately 4,000 pieces of jewelry with a retail value of $200,000."A physical transformation occurs when a woman puts on a suit or when she puts on a gorgeous and expensive looking piece of jewelry," said Elena Kiam, lia sophia Senior Vice-President. "The physical transformation that happens on the outside makes a woman feel powerful and ambitious on the inside. Lia sophia and Dress for Success are the perfect match because they are providing women with opportunities to build their self-esteem and to allow them to realize their full potential."

Your Town-Pajama Program By Kathleen Giordano

The Pajama Program held their Christmas Cocktail Fundraiser at the well-known Skin-Klinic Spa in New York City this past December. Guests donated pajamas, gift certificates, books, and cash donations to needy children.The Pajama Program, founded by Genevieve Piturro and Alice Pagano Quirk in 2001, is a not-for-profit organization that provides warm pajamas and books to needy children in the United States and around the world. Many of these children are waiting to be adopted and have never known the comforts and stability of a compassionate, doting and supportive family unit. Many of them have never ever been tucked into bed in the evening or have someone cuddle with them and read a well-known children?s' classic or children's best seller. These kids have been abandoned, abused, neglected and deprived of any love at all.The Pajama Program's mission is to provide a loving environment for children who have lived through an enormous amount of hurt and to help make their tomorrow brighter, better and more hopeful."At the start of Pajama Program, I visited a Center for children with no fathers and whose mothers are in prison. I brought with me 12 pairs of pajamas that had recently been donated. As the children came into the room, they viewed the pajamas I'd spread out on a table. Each child chose the pair he or she wanted. After about four children made their selections, one little girl came over to me. "Where d I wear these?" she asked. I answered, "To bed at night." She looked at me, puzzled. "What do you usually wear to bed?" I asked her. "My pants," she said quietly. I looked at the suddenly far too small selection of pajamas that I had brought and my heart sank. "This will never do. We need more....much, much more. We need your help." says Genevieve Piturro, Founder Pajama Program.

Your Town-Ladies Who Launch By Kathleen Giordano

The fun, cool, determined, entrepreneurial and sexy ladies of New York City descended upon the "Ladies Who Launch Live 2nd Annual Networking Event held at the Lotus Club downtown in Manhattan?s Meatpacking District this past fall.Founded by Victoria Colligan in 2005, Ladies Who Launch Live attracted the 20-40 something female entrepreneurs and functioned as a motivational and constructive platform for women to enhance every aspect of their lives both professionally and personally through a series of high profile guest speakers, panel discussions and trunk shows which featured the newest products and designs by up-and-coming artists and designers.Several high-profile speakers included: Jeanine Lobell (Founder of Stila Cosmetics), Nell Merlino (Founder of Take Your Daughter to Work Day), Georgia Lee (Writer/Director Red Doors, 2005 Tribeca Film Festival winner) and Charyl Van Winkle (Founder Pythoness Hedge Fund). Ladies Who Launch embraces female entrepreneurship, which has made us one of the country?s largest lifestyle companies for women. We support the female entrepreneur in her determination to be enterprising in her career, as well as her lifestyle. Ladies Who Launch is more than excited to speak this messaging and contagious motivation to the women of New York City, Ladies Who Launch Partner, Beth Schoenfeldt, says.Attendees received gift bags that included the newest must-have for the season, which were provided by event sponsors such as: Hollywould, Bloom by American Greeting, Commerce Bank, SkinKlinic, NuKitchen, Chick Chat Radio,, Finlandia Vodka, Barefoot Wine, Sunshine Sweet Cupcakes, Count-me-in, Crave Party, Culinary Insiders, M.A.R., and Casa Naranja.For more information on Ladies Who Launch, their entrepreneurial tools and programs, and events in different cities, please visit their website

Your Town-Libby Ross Foundation By Kathleen Giordano

The Libby Ross Foundation held their Sixth Annual Gala in New York City's Design Center this past fall. Over 400 guess attended this elaborate event. Pink rose petals and decorative chocolate pieces were scattered throughout this festive and elegant affair, and over $100,000 dollars was raised for breast cancer awareness. Lori Ross and Marla Willner founded the Libby Ross Foundation in 1999. Lori's Mom, Libby, died from breast cancer, and Marla's Mom is a brave two-time survivor of this sinister disease.Guests danced, mingled and bid on the many items held in the silent auction that included items such as sports memorabilia, entertainment, home décor, wines and spirits, travel, fashion, cosmetic and fragrance, personal services and jewelry. One of the most beautiful necklaces was a design from mother and daughter team, Jessica and Barbara Frish of Working solely on intuition, this multi-colored and multi-strand necklace truly captured "Libby's true essence and zest for life! The bid started at $200.00 and the necklace sold for $450.00!The Libby Ross Foundation's mission is clear and simple. They want to make a significant difference in the lives of women afflicted with breast cancer through unique support programs and help banish the disease through research and early detection.For more information on the foundation, becoming a sponsor and volunteering efforts please visit the foundation's website: save the date for The Libby Ross Foundation's Winter Cocktail Party to be held on February 23rd, 2006 at the legendary P.J. Clarke's Sidecar located at 205 East 55th Street in New York City.