Hearts of Gold Invites All to “Come to the Cabaret,” 11/16/12 in NYC

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Star-Studded Annual Fundraising Event Helps NYC’s Homeless Mothers & Children Achieve Self-Sufficiency; Co-Hosted by Soledad O'Brien, Tamara Tunie, Emme and Rhonda Ross

Hearts of Gold (http://www.heartsofgold.org), a not-for-profit organization that fosters sustainable change in lifestyle and levels of self-sufficiency for New York City’s homeless mothers and their children, will hold its 16th annual Fall Fundraising Gala on Friday, November 16, 2012 at Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, New York, NY).

The event, themed “Come to the Cabaret,” kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET with a celebrity-studded red carpet, followed by cocktails and dinner, a fashion show, and both silent and live auctions, with music by fashion industry favorite DJ Johnny Dynell. Co-hosts are Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and Special Correspondent for CNN and Goodwill Ambassador for Hearts of Gold; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s Tamara Tunie, an accomplished producer and director as well as a member of Hearts of Gold’s esteemed Advisory Board; Emme, supermodel and television personality; and Rhonda Ross, an acclaimed actress, singer and entrepreneur.

The Gala’s fashion show will feature fall looks from Beth Bowley, Tracy Reese, Plenty by Tracy Reese, Transit and Zapa, styled by Hearts of Gold Founder & Executive Director Deborah Koenigsberger. Koenigsberger also owns a thrift boutique benefitting Hearts of Gold, The Thrifty HoG (11 West 25th Street) as well as the Noir et Blanc…bis boutique (7 West 25th Street).

Sponsors of this year’s event include American Realty Capital, Backroads, Century 21, Deutsch Inc., Duggal Visual Solutions and Lufthansa. Proceeds from the Gala, which is Hearts of Gold’s main source of funding, support the 1,000 mothers and children in residence annually in four shelters operated by Nazareth Housing and Semiperm HDFC. Founded in 1996, Hearts of Gold has helped more than 12,000 homeless New York City mothers and children exit the city’s shelters and thrive on their own.

Individual Gala ticket packages are available from $350 - $1,000. Tickets to the after-party, which runs from 10:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. and includes open bar and dancing, are $75. To purchase tickets and support Hearts of Gold, call (212) 206-1461 or visit http://www.heartsofgold.org/upcomingevents.html.

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About Hearts of Gold: Hearts of Gold (HoG) was founded in 1996 by Deborah Koenigsberger, a former model and a fashion industry stylist who owns a successful women’s clothing boutique, Noir et Blanc… Bis, established in 1989 in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. Her caring nature was touched by the struggles of homeless women in her neighborhood, so in 1996 she founded HoG, a not-for-profit organization that fosters sustainable change in lifestyle and levels of self-sufficiency for homeless mothers and their children. HoG has raised more than $2 million in support of four city shelters operated by Nazareth Housing and Semiperm HDFC. Past shelters HoG has supported include the Alexander Abraham Residence and Icahn House East, LLC. In 2009, founder Koenigsberger was named a Smart Cookie Awards honoree by Condé Nast’s Cookie magazine and was honored as “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1 News. The organization has attracted the support of such luminaries as LuAnn de Lesseps, Kirsten Dunst, Edie Falco, Emme, Marcia Gay Harden, Hoda Kotb, Tonya Lewis Lee, Laura Linney, Soledad O’Brien, Malaak Compton Rock, Susan Sarandon, Ivana Trump, Tamara Tunie, Vanessa L. Williams, and Stevie Wonder. HoG is a section 501(c)(3) organization. For more information on how you can help, visit http://www.heartsofgold.org/.

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