Jersey City Fashion Week Donates Event Proceeds to Four Local Charities

Earlier today, Jersey City Fashion Week (JCFW) put the final stitches into this year’s work by presenting four local charities with proceeds from the citywide event.

In September, JCFW hosted a slew of events including four main ticketed shows benefiting Dress for Success Hudson County, Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County, York Street Project, and Stages, Art House Productions’ youth theater program.

The first annual fashion week succeeded in helping spotlight both local and non-local designers and Jersey City businesses and organizations. The highlight of the week was the Emerging Designer’s show at Liberty State Park, which attracted more than 200 fashion lovers, including Latin singer Natti Natasha and former NBA player and Jersey City native David Rivers.

Founder Desha Lang Jackson’s Give to Live Community Foundation–which raises funds and promotes awareness for charitable causes through fashion, entertainment and sports-related events– donated $900 each to JCFW’s four charities today. The leaders of each charity were presented with the checks this morning at City Hall by Jackson and Mayor Jerramiah Healy.

“This is a big day for us and we are just so excited to be sharing it with the public,” says Jackson, who is already planning next year’s festivities.

“I want everyone who’s working for and who’s given money to this effort to see that it actually has substance, that it raises money for charities, that people enjoyed it and that businesses in Jersey City benefiting from people coming into the city,” she told JCI in September. “Someday I would love to say that we have 1,500 people in the city during that week.”

For more information, visit JCFW’s website.

Photo courtesy of Desha Jackson

Summer Dawn Hortillosa

is a freelance arts and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in the Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal, the International and other publications. She is also a creative writer and theatrical director.