Inside the Fun Gala for the Lower East Side Girls Club

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Amy Rosi, Anne Huntington, guest, Lori Zimmer and friend
Amy Rosi, Anne Huntington, guest, Lori Zimmer and friend

Fashion doyenne and Emmy-award winner (for Sex and the City costume design) Patricia Field, and financial wizard, Kimberley Hatchett, were honored by the Lower Eastside Girls Club at their Spring Fling benefit held at the Bowery Hotel. The annual event brings together more than 400 of New York City’s most influential and connected business leaders, artists and philanthropists to raise funding for the Club programs benefiting at-risk girls.

Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor
Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor

It’s a popular cause among celebs—Tyra Banks, Rosario Dawson, Padma Lakshmi, John Leguizamo, Solange Knowles, Steve  Buscemi, Susan Sarandon, Rosie Perez, Claire Danes, Soledad O’Brien, Drake, Chrissy Teigen, Simon Doonan, Dylan Lauren, Clay Aiken, and Gayle King, have all turned out for the charity in the past.

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The party in full swing.

This year’s host committee was a stellar one and included filmmaker Adria Petty; Amy Guttman​; Amy Rosi​, of Aros Communications;  Audrey Gelman​, CEO & co­-founder, The Wing;  Austin Fremont​, principal of Fremont Blue Events; ​Elizabeth Cutler​, founder, SoulCycle; Heidi Hackemer​, founder, Wolf & Wilhelmine; Jayron Larijani​, director, Method360; ​Jessica Glick​, Soho House, Membership Director of New York;  Julie Rice​, founder, SoulCycle; Karen Pavlin​, Client Managing Director, Xerox Corporation​,  Kate Englebrecht,  Lisa Fox, Lori Zimmer​, curator and creator, Art Nerd; ​ designer Mara Hoffman;  Mary Alice Stephenson​, founder & CEO, GLAM4GOOD;  Natalie Kates​ of Style Curator; Piera Gelardi​; creative director, Refinery29; Rachelle Hruska MacPherson​ and ​Sean MacPherson​, co­founder, Guest of a Guest and co­-owner, The Bowery Hotel, respectively;  Reyna Mastrosimone​, founder, Jane Street Productions and Shelly Dunn Fremont.

LES Girls Club performers
LES Girls Club performers
Olivier Pechou, Scooter La Forge, Natlie Kates, Tom Dunn
Olivier Pechou, Scooter La Forge, Natlie Kates, and Tom Dunn

What’s great for those who are regulars on New York’s social charity circuits, is that Spring Fling ditches the ‘sit down dinner’ concept for a roaming-style event that allows guests the freedom to easily meet other supporters. Organizers describe it as new take on the high school prom.

At the ‘prom” guests were treated to specialty cocktails by 13th Street Cocktail Co. and desserts came from The Sweet Things Bake Shop.    Dinner was followed by a performance from the Lower Eastside Girls Club Step Team and Chorus, and a dance party with music by DJ Natasha Diggs.

ABOUT THE LOWER EASTSIDE GIRLS CLUB:​  Since 1996 The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) has been providing innovative,  community­-based holistic programs and services for girls and young women. The mission of LESGC is to break the cycle of local poverty by  helping young women achieve successful futures. In 2013 the LESGC moved into a permanent Center for Community on Avenue D, a 30,000 square foot state-of-­the-­art program space dedicated to the advancement of girls, and the neighborhood at large. For more information about LESGC, go to girlsclub.org.

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