New Jersey’s largest anti-poverty organization Eva’s Village raised $155,000 during its seventh annual “Behind the Seams” fashion show to support 20 programs designed to tackle poverty in the Garden State.
Over 370 guests contributed $155,000 during the May 23, 2016 fashion show at the Bottagra Restaurant in Hawthorne shattering all previous years of attendance and fundraising.
“As ‘Behind the Seams’ continues to grow in popularity, the additional funds, raised at this event and others each year, provide critical support for the food, shelter, medical care and supportive recovery services we offer for the greater Paterson Community,” stated Heather Thompson, the nonprofit’s development director.
Guests were treated to fine dining and entertainment which included cocktails, food and beverage stations, a seated dinner, silent and live auctions, a tented runway show featuring spring and summer styles, and a sneak peek at fall fashions.
Local models were joined by professional boxer and city native Caleb Hernandez, mixed martial artist Jimmie Rivera. Models sported styles form Sal Lauretta for Men, Robert Graham, and Boutique 811.
The fashion show is founded and hosted by Sal Lauretta for Men, The DSM Group, and Bottagra Restaurant to support the work of Eva’s Village.
“We at Sal Lauretta for Men are so pleased at how far this event has come,” Ralph Lauretta, founder and co-chair of the event, said. “Eva’s is right in our backyard, and we are grateful for the opportunity to support a charity where you can actually see lives being changed in our community on a day to day basis.”
The event, in its seventh year, attracts generous individuals who give their time and money to the nonprofit to support its mission of ending poverty.
“Eva’s Village depends on private donations and fundraising, which make up more than a third of our annual revenue,” Thompson said.