Hearts of Gold – Giving Back Over Fifty

There’s a delightful high-end thrift store on West 25 Street in New York City and tonight, July 10, it will be hosting a fund raiser that is as unusual as the store itself. If you’re local, tickets are still available. It’s going to be an exciting and unusual evening, planned with activities for the whole family. The event raises money for Hearts of Gold, a non-profit created by Deborah Koenigsberger to foster sustainable change for homeless women and their children.

Although I met Deborah Koenigsberger for the first time yesterday, I had passed her carefully curated boutique, Noir et Blanc, for many years. I was saddened to see it leave 23rd Street and delighted to find it had reappeared on West 25th. I found it again because I saw this fascinating sign, The Thrifty HoG, and wandered into an incredible high-end thrift store. Its purpose?

A new, upscale resale boutique opened on May 28th, 2010 offering a selection of chic new, very gently used & vintage clothing and accessories for men, women and children, as well as home decor items and small furnishings. The Thrifty HoG is a unique retail establishment: not only do proceeds benefit the homeless mothers and children supported by HoG, but the shop also provides job-training for these struggling women. Our goal at Hearts of Gold is simple: Empowerment, Sustainability, Self-Sufficiency and Lots of Love.

Both stores offer a wonderful array of clothing and jewelry. HoG works with NYC shelters to support women with children. When the women leave the shelter system, they are supported by Alumni Support Groups. These women and their families are supported by programs at every level, all designed to raise self-esteem and create full lives for the participants.

Deborah saw a need and found a way to fill it. I’ll be interviewing Deborah after she’s had a bit of post-event space, so you’ll hear more about this award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother of two. I guarantee her story will leave you entertained and inspired.


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