With their exciting and innovative social gathering and determination to assist those in need, Couture for a Cause has established itself as the organization that marries fun with fundraising.
Couture for a Cause is a not-for-profit Jewish organization started by philanthropists and childhood friends Esther Silber- Berg and Michal Weinstein in efforts to aide various Jewish charities both local and abroad. Their motto is “Putting the Fabulous in Fundraising” and they have been doing so since their premier fashion event in 2007. Thanks to the enormous success of their initial launch, the following year’s event was widely publicized and featured celebrity designer Kara Janx, of Project Runway. In 2009, Couture for a Cause turned its loving heart towards the troubles at home, teaming up with locals Toby and Uri Jacobs to throw a talk-of-the-town Purim Masquerade party, benefiting Project Eliezer, which helps families in financial crisis. The 2010 Couture for a Cause Kids fashion show featured local children’s stores including 100% KIDS and Bib n’ Tucker and was a tremendous success with over 250 attendees and raised funds for Shlomzion, an Israeli charity that aides widows & orphans in Israel. The 2013 “Joys of Life” event was the most successful to date, selling out 6 weeks in advance and having over 500 attendees. The funds raised benefitted the Shirat Devorah Foundation and Renewal, a Jewish Kidney Foundation.
Esther Silber-Berg, founder of CFAC is a graduate of the prestigious Parsons School of Design where she earned a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. Esther inherited her fundraising ambitions from her Father and as a young girl often served on the board of various charities before deciding to start her own . As a child Esther was also hugely influenced by her Mother who ran an Interior Design firm, modeled in the fashion industry and had impeccable taste in fashion and design. Growing up surrounded by such influential parents helped mold Esther into a business savvy woman with a love for giving back. Her first business venture post graduating from Parsons was opening a high-end children’s store in South Beach called Alexa and Jack Children’s Boutique appropriately name after her daughter and son. There she became famous for her “Bling Bling Baby” collection which was featured on Access Hollywood, UsWeekly and People Magazine. After moving back to New York she opened a PR and Marketing firm called Esther Inc. There she developed herself as a brand and soon earned a reputation for coordinating some of the most exclusive events in the New York social scene while simultaneously building a network and following. Esther has been written up in various newspapers and publications depicting her life as a “socialite” and philanthropist. Esther’s Instagram account @estherandsasha has amassed over 200,000 followers and has made her a lifestyle brand ambassador. As a wife and mother of four children Esther manages to make the time to juggle family, work and fundraising.
Michal Lara Weinstein, founder of CFAC is an Advertising and Marketing graduate of Stern College for Women and School of Visual Arts, is creative director of MLWDESIGN, a full service web and graphic design firm that specializes in social media strategies, graphic design and e-commerce. Fashion has always been a passion for Michal who began her career doing public relations for famed designer Eli Tahari. Despite her very busy schedule juggling her successful business and family, Michal has put together creative fundraisers for various Jewish organizations including Puah, Chai Lifeline, Ohel, Renewal, Sharsheret and of course Couture for a Cause. In December of 2011 Michal chaired a fundraiser featuring renowned comedian Elon Gold which was the talk of town attracting over 450 people. As wife, mother of four, sisterhood president of her local synagogue, social media guru and business owner, and volunteer fundraiser, Michal has perfected the art of multi-tasking. Michal looks forward to another successful event that is enjoyed by all and that inspires people to use their gifts to help others.
Brielle “Breezy” Schwartz Beckerman, created Ketzy’s over 8 years ago as a premier gift destination for high and and unique items. In 2011 she reinvented her store as “Breezy’s” (www.BreezysNY.com) expanding from gift to hard to find baking items. In the past year she has written a cookbook “Breezy’s Mix & Match” to help bring her philosophy of easily accessible elegant creations into everyone’s homes, as well as offers classes in her store ranging from cupcakes to salads and dips. This past year she also helped head up and start the First Annual Cupcake War’s. Her proudest achievement is being a mother to her 2 wonderful children, Spencer and Aurora, who love to taste all of her creations.
Guest Chair for CFAC 2013 Sharon Langert otherwise known as “Fashion-Isha” is a popular blogger, event planner and designer of modest clothing. Sharon’s blog targets the fabulous Jewish women living in today’s world whose goal is to find the balance between the practical and the beautiful while upholding the high standards of a refined woman. Sharon is a mother of five kids who also happened to have donated her Kidney through Renewel to another Jewish Mom. Sharon looks forward to her first event with Couture for a Cause. To read about her experience donating a kidney though Renewal click here.