z9By Esta Gordon

Modi was funny at the late after-party for the Couture for a Cause group at Temple Israel in Lawrence on Tuesday evening. The comedian was a last-minute replacement for Joan Rivers who had to cancel due to the death of her sister and the funeral that took place that very afternoon in Philadelphia.

Just 24 hours prior, the organizers–Esther Silber-Berg, Sharon Langert, and Michal Weinstein–were jolted with the news that Ms. Rivers would not be able to attend the function that had been built around her celebrity, popularity, and persona.

The participants and those in attendance rose to the occasion, however, and an extraordinary and emotionally meaningful event is now behind us. As wonderful and as popular as Joan Rivers is, she may have been the catalyst, but the events that transpired simply demonstrated that this night was not about celebrity. It was about 500 women coming together and raising significant sums to assist Renewal, the Brooklyn-based kidney donor organization, and Shirat Devora, a fund to help Devora Shochet of Woodmere, who is dealing with ALS. Upon reflection, it was the charitable giving and the desire to help those in need that were the stars of the evening.

We were treated to two well-coordinated and presented fashion shows featuring children’s wear by Zoe Ltd. and wedding and formalwear by Raquel. The women and children in the shows were both poised and beautiful; the fashions were simply sensational.

Overall, this was one great group that is a force for good that proved that they can do anything despite last minute obstacles and seemingly impossible adversity. It was heartwarming and fulfilling just to be there, see it, and be able to describe it here. These young women showed that they can do anything. What’s next? v


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