GBK & FGI Present NYFW Opening Party Benefiting LIM FEF Hosted By Patricia Field at the Empire Hotel

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GBK & The Fashion Group International Present New York Fashion Week Opening Party Benefiting LIM FEF by Patricia Field

GBK and The Fashion Group International joined forces for a greater cause kicking off New York Fashion Week by hosting an industry insider event benefiting LIM FEF (LIM Fashion Education Foundation).

The two-hour cocktail took place at the GBK Celebrity Suites Style lounge in the Empire Hotel. The event was attended exclusively by The Fashion Group International members, celebrities and socialites including Bravo reality stars Sonja Morgan with Nancy Pearson, hedge fund executive and one of Time Magazine's most powerful women Lee Hennessee with world renowed celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Rosetta Garries. Fashion Icon and award winning costume designer Patricia Field graciously hosted the evening in support of LIM FEF. "I am very pleased to be here this evening in support of LIM FEF," said Patricia Field during the opening comments.

Gavin Keilly, CEO of GBK and Margaret Hayes, President of The Fashion Group International found a common ground purpose within their organizations to make a difference this Fashion Week. GBK's uncompromising philanthropic culture combined with The Fashion Group International's mission of supporting growth and leadership in the fashion industry. The result was clear at this evening's event when these industry leaders came together raising thousands towards fashion students' scholarships for the LIM Fashion Education Foundation.

"It's been a great pleasure to work with The Fashion Group International and support LIM FEF. Fashion week is a great occasion to come together and support the community while creating opportunities for emerging talent. These students are the future of the fashion business and we are excited to be able to use our resources and partnerships to give back," stated Gavin Keilley, CEO of GBK.

The exclusive event for The Fashion Group International reunited members from different parts of the world to kick off New York Fashion Week in style. "The Fashion Group was thrilled to partner with GBK on this exciting event for our members benefiting LIM's Fashion Education Foundation," said Margaret Hayes, President of FGI. "Celebrating the opening of Fashion Week with Patricia Field seems particularly fitting as she epitomizes the spirit of the industry and is an iconic stylemaker."

On behalf of LIM FEF, the recipient of donations was Michael Palladino, LIM FEF Board Member. "On behalf of the LIM Fashion Education Foundation, I am delighted and thankful for the support of our mission to offer scholarships and educational enhancements to LIM College students as they pursue their studies and enter the business of fashion. Without LIM FEF scholarships, many students would not be able to fulfill their academic and career potential," stated Michael Palladino. "Thank you Fashion Group International, GBK Productions and Patricia Field!"

GBK, formerly GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company's Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Special Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO) or GBK, please go to:

The Fashion Group International is a global, non profit professional organization with 5000 members in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. The pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design, FGI endeavors to aid its members in their professional lives. For more information on FGI, please go to

Patricia Field is a native NewYorker and one of fashion"s greatest visionaries; she is an Academy Award nominated, Emmy Award winning film and television Costume Designer and a boutique owner with her own clothing label. Patricia received critical praise and raised the standards for the world of television glamour when she costumed HBO's Sex and the City. She is a pioneer who has brought forth a new style of dressing to American women and has stimulated an entire fashion movement throughout the world. For more information on Patricia Field, please go to:

Founded in 1977, the LIM Fashion Education Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt 501 © 3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for student scholarships and educational enhancements - from study abroad scholarships to technological resources for LIM College students. With the generous support of alumni, industry partners and other donors, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships based on merit and need since 1979. For information about the LIM Fashion Education Foundation, please go to:

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