This was a Sparkling Week in New York!

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This was a Sparkling Week in New York!

The Crohns & Colitis Fund Raiser @ The Waldorf
Me Coveting Daisy's Head Piece
Jamila Payne & Me at FemFessionals Event
By Merry P. Nachemin, LCSW-R

Although I don’t do this regularly, I would like to share some of the activities in which I participated recently because they were very exciting.

On Saturday April 20 I had the honor of being hired to apply makeup for a very special event. The FastTrac Program, which helps entrepreneurs, like myself, to launch and /or grow their businesses, celebrated 2,500 graduates. Franne McNeal, one of the world-class coaches who taught my class, organized the event. There were photo and video shoots for the graduates. Franne asked me to help out and prepare the participants for their big moments. Since I was working, I did not have a chance to take a picture or shoot a video myself, but that was my choice, since I was working with the other graduates.

The second huge event in which I participated this week took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in mid-town Manhattan. For the sixth time I set my alarm for 4:30 a.m. so that I could work “front of house” for the Women of Distinction’s fundraiser for the Crohns & Colitis Foundation. They raised more than $1.75 million for their worthwhile cause with this event this year, which was their 20th anniversary.

Over the years they have raised over $20 million for this very worthy cause. The event’s Mistress of Ceremony was Cynthia McFadden of ABC News Nightline fame. Bergdorf Goodman sponsored the event.

We were treated to a fashion show of eveningwear designed by Andrew GN, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, CD Greene, J. Mendel and Reem Acra. The jewelry for the show was by Lorraine Schwartz and the evening bags were by Judith Leiber.

Some of the raffle prizes included a Birkin Bag, Judith Leiber clutches and glamorous vacations to tropical destinations along with clothing, jewelry, accessories and spa packages from some of the world’s best-known and loved designers and salons.

Finally, I stopped off in Tiffany’s to see their special displays of Art Deco Jewelry in honor of the launch of the film The Great Gatsby. They both took pieces from their archives and created new pieces that evoke the Decadent 20’s. They have several Art Deco displays. If Art Deco is your thing, as it is mine, then don’t miss this showing!

This Tuesday I attended an exciting networking event sponsored by FemFessionals—a great women’s networking organization. Jamila Payne of Soul Purpose Company gave an exciting talk designed to help the members explore and define the goals that we want to achieve. While this is something I do with clients frequently, I don’t give thought to searching my own soul as regularly as I should…now, I will!

Okay, enough for now. See you soon at some of New York’s World Class Displays and Events!




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