November 2016 – Last week I attended a charity event in Garden City, New York to benefit two causes close to my heart: autism and pet adoption.
Lord & Taylor in Garden City celebrated its grand reopening by throwing a private red-carpet benefit on November 9th for Life’s WORC Autism Center in Garden City and North Shore Animal League in Port Washington.
The event was attended by Christie Brinkley and her daughter Sailor Cook, Beth Stern, actor Robert Clohessy (Oz, Blue Bloods), and news personalities including myself, Jodi Goldberg of Fox 5 and Antoinette Biordi of News 12 Long Island. Many local dignitaries were there as well, including Garden City Mayor Nicholas Episcopia and Floral Park Village Trustee Dom Longobardi.
At the event, I was most honored to meet Victoria Schneps, who founded Life’s WORC/Family Center for Autism 46 years ago along with my Fox colleague Geraldo Rivera. Schneps is the editor/publisher of Queens Courier, but her biggest legacy will be this wonderful organization, which provides services to 1400 adults and children with developmental disabilities. Geraldo also remains involved, and used his time on Season 14 of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice to raise money and awareness for this worthy cause.
The event also benefited North Shore Animal League. I adopted my beloved dog Hunter from this no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Hunter is 15 and going strong! There were some adorable puppies on hand at the fundraiser. I suspect they have already been adopted!
Kudos to Lord & Taylor for its generous commitment to Life’s WORC and North Shore Animal League. It was a pleasure to meet L&T Executive VP Liz Rodbell and GM Tim Catalano, and I congratulate them on the gorgeous renovation of their popular store.