I take my commitment to community service very seriously. I live and work on Long Island and its various causes mean a great deal to me. I serve on the board of the Long Island Association, which promotes cooperation among the business, labor, educational, scientific, technology, not-for profit and civic communities here. LIA gives me a good helicopter view of what going on in the region, such as how our population is changing (we’re getting older, and losing more of our young people). LIA supports improvements in transportation, expanded job opportunities, investment in smart energy initiatives, environmental conservation, equal rights for our workers, better family leave policies, and opportunities for our college students.
I also serve on the board of The Safe Center LI, a group that provides vital programs and services for local victims of domestic and child abuse. This summer, I attended “Walk in Her Shoes,” at Westbury Manor, a fashion show and event that raised more than $23,000 for the Safe Center. I’m proud we were able to accessorize the models with jewels by Fortunoff Fine Jewelry.
My love of nature and the incredible environment we enjoy on Long Island has driven my commitment to the Long Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy, where I served on the board for many years. From our water quality and nature trails to our farming and fishing, I am passionate about this cause for sure.
Fortunoff also supports the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island, and in May, provided jewelry for its inaugural fashion show, at which “Bigs and Littles” walked the runway together modeling a range of looks from “thrift store chic” to formal wear. It was very moving to see the special closeness between the Bigs and Littles, and the funds raised at the fashion show will assist BBBSLI in its efforts to match many of the children on its inquiry list with a Big Brother or Big Sister of their own.
Please join me in supporting these worthy organizations or others of your choice. I smiled recently when I saw a hashtag on Instagram that read #communityserviceisthenewblack – it’s always a good day when giving back is in vogue. If you’d like to learn more about my Brava Award, click here.