“It’s not really charity unless it hurts,” is the message John Pomerantz, principal at JJP Advisory, shared with a group of 200 industry executives at UJA-Federation of New York’s Fashion Division’s 2013 Spring Reception on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at The Waldorf-Astoria’s Starlight Roof in NYC.
It’s a lesson Pomerantz learned from his father, and a mantra that set him on a path to a life of good deeds. Allan Ellinger, senior managing partner at MMG responsible for rallying fashion industry execs together after Hurricane Katrina to provide new clothing for those devastated by the storm, discussed Fashion Delivers’ recent work with UJA Federation to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Mel Goldfeder, senior VP at Randa Accessories, spoke poignantly about his own childhood struggle with polio. Told he would never walk again, Goldfeder revealed that it was a UJA-Federation agency in Brooklyn that provided the medical care and physical therapy that proved the doctors wrong. “All the fundraising work I do today is payback to this wonderful organization that saved my life.”
All three honorees had visited FEGS, a UJA-Federation agency that cares for so many New Yorkers in need, and each spoke eloquently about the amazing work being done there. Among those celebrating Ellinger, Goldfeder, and Pomerantz at the event were UJA-Federation’s CEO Fashion Forum Executive Committee chair Gilbert W. Harrison, founder and chairman of Financo, Inc., as well as Abbey Doneger, Michael Setola, David Levin, and Morris Goldfarb. The event raised $425,000 for those in need, Jews and non-Jews, here and abroad. To make a donation or get involved, contact Marcy Fink: firstname.lastname@example.org.