I am always amazed at the number of teens on Long Island that are doing incredible fundraising at a time when money is so tight and people are cutting back. But let’s be honest- it’s very difficult to say “no” to a teen when they are doing something altruistic and not pushing boundaries as if they are a cast member of The Jersey Shore.
Knowing how I love to promote both teens and fashion, a close friend shared with me a story about two Long Island sixteen year old girls, Becky Broxmeyer and her friend Sophie Koppelman Fritz, classmates at Friends Academy in Locust Valley who organized a mother-daughter fashion show and fundraiser. “Fashion 4 The Cure” was held on April 6 in Roslyn with over $150,000 raised for pancreatic cancer research and donated to The Lustgarten Foundation.
Both Becky and Sophie had suffered great losses and that bonded them together – Becky’s father passed away in 2010 and Sophie’s grandmother died in 2008. Fashion 4 The Cure seemed like the perfect fit to enable them to use their drive to incorporate something that they love – fashion – and a way to honor their family members.
The girls could not have held this event on their own and I was very impressed with the incredible companies that lent their support for such a great cause. Without the donations and sponsorships of local business such as Engineers Country Club, Christina Makowsky and Top Shop, a profit this substantial would never have been possible.
Above all, we can not forget the support Becky and Sophie constantly receive from their families – incredible role models who instilled amazing values in both of these girls. They also must have donated many hours of their own time to help make this event spectacular. One of the most important life lessons teens take away from projects like this is that they are not expected to do it alone. In life, they can and must ask for people’s help, and they learn that most people are really good and will not say “no”.
For more information about pancreatic cancer and The Lustgarten Foundation:
With an overall survival rate of just 5 percent, pancreatic cancer is a disease with no prevention, no early tests and, unless detected in its early stages, no cure. The Lustgarten Foundation in Bethpage works to advance scientific and clinical research related to the diagnosis treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. One hundred percent of all donations received by the foundation go directly to pancreatic cancer research.
About Kerry Gillick-Goldberg
Kerry is mom to Brittany (Miss B) and wife to Joe- as well as the owner of kgg enterprises, a boutique pr & marketing consulting firm based on Long Island. Her career path started in education, continued in the garment center, and now focuses mainly on all things tween/teen and non-profit.