words/images Judith Ecochard
The phrase 'War on Women'---is political fodder as of late---but there REALLY IS a war on women...in certain spots of the planet.
|The O'Brien Raymonds|
|Soledad O'Brien's sandals -LOVE-by Stuart Weitzman|
First up: the New York Women's Foundation celebrating its 25th anniversary with an animated group of supporters--- in a rather laid back event by Big Apple standards...refreshingly so.
|Ana Oliveira, NYWF President and CEO|
No big red carpet, no entourages for attendees-who included some of New York's most prominent bold names...including the massively accomplished Diana L. Taylor, current Chair of the Board (and Mayor Bloomberg's GF)...and bonus, even an entire family -honoree Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond-wife and husband who BRAVO to them---brought their four kids on a school night. We approve!
|A lot of reasons to be cheerful-Board Members, Staff...with honorees Soledad O'Brien and Ginny Day (2nd from right)|
|Baja Wines-donated. Thanks!|
Other attendees included host- the tv commentator/anchor Connie Chung, and Broadway actress, Tony Award® winner/performer Sarah Jones.
|Leadership Committee co-chairs/NYWF Board members -Jean Shafiroff in Oscar de la Renta (l) Janna Bullock-in Douglas Hannant (r)|
|Jean Shafiroff/Diana L. Taylor---Great earrings, both-imo|
FYI: To date, over $33 million dollars have aided more than 280 non-profits in the five boroughs-with the aforementioned mission of...
This outing, we also met with the only two months on the job- VP/ Communications head, Ruth Sarlin--- a lady with a hands-on, no-nonsense background in the profit world (web and entertainment)-with the get it done skills of building brands and delivering the message...out there.
|Alice Tully Hall|
"We do what we do because it works."
|Loved their haircuts...Sally Hershberger would approve|
A few nights later, a stunning brownstone on the upper west side---a private residence ---graciously hosted a gaggle of New York residents---to view the exuberantly crafted, mixed media art works by the creative individual/actor/set designer/ artist Hans Uder---with 20% of sale proceeds to benefit the amazing non-proft, Afghan Hands-a non-proft "...dedicated to helping Afghan women gain their independence through literacy and employment and changing their social status from a liability to being an asset within their families and the Afghan society."
Yes, this is where we mean there is a war on women...and Afghan Hands ---since 2005-has employed/trained master embroiderers -now numbering 60---and employing over 100-overall...who painstakingly craft shawls, scarves, sarongs, pillow cases etc... made of cashmere, wool, pure cotton, and pure silk.
And support their themselves and families.
Available for purchase on Afghan Hand's website-each item is signed by the maker-in Dari, the native language of Kabul Afghanistan.
What Else: Hosted by Dana Lowry Luttway, Emma Snowdon-Jones and Marie-Laure Fournier ...the event was held on the lower two floors of this spacious residence-with the art pieces displayed throughout. We chatted with Hans Uder about his work---which we felt was very approachable-exhuberantly colored, textural-on hand stretched canvases and mannequins..."pieces of tastefully and sexily arranged chaos." Fun.