Celebrity Crowd Helps Hearts of Gold Raise $240,000 for NYC’s Homeless Mothers & Children

14th Annual Gala, Emceed by Law & Order: SVU’s Tamara Tunie, Included Cocktails, Dinner, Auctions, Fashion Show, and Dancing… for a Great Cause

New York, NY, November 11, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Hearts of Gold (http://www.heartsofgold.org), a not-for-profit organization with the mission to improve the lives of New York City’s homeless mothers and their children, today announced the results of its 14th Annual Fall Fundraising Gala, “Hooray for Hollywood.” The event, which was held on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at Metropolitan Pavilion, featured Mistress of Ceremonies Tamara Tunie of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, who is an accomplished producer and director as well as a member of Hearts of Gold’s esteemed Advisory Board.

The event grossed approximately $240,000, and the net proceeds will be used in support of the 900 mothers and children in residence annually in three shelters “adopted” by Hearts of Gold: Nazareth Housing, Nazareth House Harlem, and Semiperm HDFC. Since its inception in 1996, Hearts of Gold has helped more than 10,000 homeless New York City mothers and children exit the city’s shelters and thrive on their own.

The gold-carpet evening drew a crowd of Hearts of Gold supporters, including many celebrities from stage, screen and runway:

Emme, supermodel and television personality
Cindy Barshop, “Real Housewives of New York City”
Kelly Killoren Bensimon, “Real Housewives of New York City”
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, “Real Housewives of New York City”

DJ Chuck Chillout
DJ Johnny Dynell
Gregory Generet, jazz vocalist
Marcia Gay Harden, Oscar-winning actress
B Michael, fashion designer
Sonja Morgan, “Real Housewives of New York City”
Kevin Navayne, actor
Robin Renzi, designer and CEO, Me&Ro Jewelry
Richie Rich, fashion designer
Rhonda Ross, actress and singer
Lauren Scala, television personality
Ramona Singer, “Real Housewives of New York City”
Ten Travis, actor and producer
Tamara Tunie, Tony®-winning actress, producer and director
Claire Unabia, “America’s Next Top Model”
Jill Zarin, “Real Housewives of New York City”

Attendees enjoyed a fashion show featuring the fall collections of Beth Bowley and Transit, selected pieces from Kyle Westphal, and the U.S. runway debut of the re-branded Teenflo line, now named Judith & Charles. Following the fashion show, Hearts of Gold Founder & Executive Director Deborah Koenigsberger led a spirited grand auction of items including two business class tickets to Europe courtesy of Lufthansa (valued at over $10,000) and two prize packages from restaurateur Danny Meyer featuring gift certificates to Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, and more, along with wines chosen by Meyer himself. The auction was followed by the raffle of a 10K Gold Amor Heart Pendant with Diamond by Me&Ro, personally selected for Hearts of Gold by designer and CEO Robin Renzi.

Four awards were presented during the event. Naeemha R. received the “Hearts of Gold Mom of the Year Award,” the highest honor for a Hearts of Gold alumna. Michael Barrett received the 2010 “Hearts of Gold Angel Award” for his tireless efforts supporting the organization. CPA Bill Solli received the “Deborah Koenigsberger Humanitarian of the Year Award” for his commitment to the organization's mission. DJ Johnny Dynell received the “Hearts of Gold Hero Award,” for furthering the cause of the charity. The evening ended in celebration with a celebrity-DJ’ed after-party, “The Sequel.”

Said Hearts of Gold’s Koenigsberger, “We are thrilled with the participation of our Hearts of Gold supporters, and we are especially grateful for the boundless talents of our Mistress of Ceremonies, Tamara Tunie. Through their efforts, Hearts of Gold can continue to support homeless mothers and children in New York City, which has the country’s second-largest homeless population. We encourage your ongoing support as we work to help more homeless families improve their lives, throughout the year.”

For more information about future Hearts of Gold events, or to volunteer or make a donation, visit http://www.heartsofgold.org or call (212) 206-1461.


About Hearts of Gold: Hearts of Gold (HoG) was founded in 1996 by Deborah Koenigsberger, a former model and a fashion industry stylist who owns a successful women’s clothing boutique, Noir et Blanc… Bis, established in 1989 in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. Her caring nature was touched by the struggles of homeless women in her neighborhood, so in 1996 she founded HoG, a not-for-profit organization that exists to improve the lives of New York City’s homeless mothers and their children. HoG has raised more than $1.6 million in support of city shelters including Nazareth Housing, Nazareth House Harlem, and Semiperm HDFC. Past shelters HoG has supported include the Alexander Abraham Residence and Icahn House East, LLC. In 2009, founder Koenigsberger was named a Smart Cookie Awards honoree by Condé Nast’s Cookie magazine and was honored as “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1 News. The organization has attracted the support of such luminaries as Bobbi Brown, Kirsten Dunst, Edie Falco, Emme, Marcia Gay Harden, Hoda Kotb, Tonya Lewis Lee, Laura Linney, Soledad O’Brien, Malaak Compton Rock, Susan Sarandon, Ivana Trump, Tamara Tunie, Vanessa L. Williams, and Stevie Wonder. HoG is a section 501(c)(3) organization. For more information on how you can help, visit http://www.heartsofgold.org/.
Hearts of Gold
Deborah Koenigsberger
(212) 206-1461