Benefit raises more than $24,000 for New Hope for Women
Rockland — For the fourth consecutive year, the New York-based clothing design company, Eileen Fisher, hosted a special sale to benefit New Hope for Women, the domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking resource center serving Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties.
The annual benefit began in 2009 after an inspirational conversation between Susan Schor, chief culture officer/facilitating leader of Eileen Fisher, and her Midcoast friend, Marianne Forti. Ily Shofestall, owner of SOMA Pilates & Yoga in downtown Rockland, became part of the team, and the three have grown the event each year, increasing the amount of clothing sold, and creating an evening of bargain shopping with a luxury feel.
Held at Pascal Hall in Rockport, the invitation-only sale of more than 1,000 donated designer items was enhanced with wine from RAYR wine sellers of Rockport, and appetizers from Fromviandoux of Camden. All remaining items were displayed at SOMA, where they were available for sale to the public for an additional week.
All of the $24,000 raised from this event was donated to New Hope for Women, where it will be used to help fund educational programs and direct services for those impacted by domestic violence. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, walk-in advocacy, support groups, legal services including an on-staff lawyer, and court advocacy. Transitional housing, safe homes and a batterer’s intervention program also benefit from the funds raised. New Hope’s prevention programs, including community education, and youth education and advocacy are also funded through Eileen Fisher’s gift.
Eileen Fisher's corporate culture seeks to empower women through their clothing, the structure of the organization, and through philanthropic acts. Through this event, Eileen Fisher empowers women. Maine women are given a unique opportunity to purchase designer clothing at reduced rates to enhance their own lives. The women who purchase clothing become part of the giving community since all of the proceeds are given directly to NHFW which, in turn, provides services directly to local communities.