H.E.A.R.T. supporters Elizabeth Wiatt and Jamie Tisch have opened a wonderful new store, Fashionology, for young girls with a penchant for design. The retail boutique turns the design process over to the child and allows them to test the limits of their imaginations and bring their dreams to life. Recently, Elizabeth, Jamie and H.E.A.R.T. Board member Alison Petrocelli put that passion for making dreams come true to work for H.E.A.R.T., and hosted an in-store fundraiser on November 19.
Dozens of enthusiastic mothers and daughters filled the boutique to make their own one-of-a-kind clothing. The store donated a portion of the afternoon’s proceeds to H.E.A.R.T. as well as put together special gift bags with clothes and stuffed animals that guests could buy and have given to a girl in need during the holiday season. H.E.A.R.T. Board member and actress Shiva Rose and her daughter Collette McDermott were on hand as were other H.E.A.R.T. board members, supporters and friends like Linda Rubin, Gillian Wynn, Gelila Puck, Jamie, and Elizabeth and her daughter.
"Fashionology is proud to support H.E.A.R.T. and the incredible work they do with young victims in our community," said Elizabeth. "One of our missions is to empower young girls and our commitment to H.E.A.R.T. allows us to be a small part of their work in healing."
The color and energy inside Fashionology was the perfect backdrop for an event intended to build up resources and support for girls who have been so tortured that they stop believing in their own future or their own self-worth.
"Elizabeth and Jamie have been H.E.A.R.T. supporters for many years and when we first discussed having an event at their store we knew it would be especially fitting at this time of year," shared Alison. "The gift bags the store is selling will be so welcome by moms who may have no other gift to give their little girl. And the money we raised will help H.E.A.R.T. provide so many children and families with those little extras that can make it a happy holiday season."
H.E.A.R.T. was founded in 2003 to provide those things that traditional sources of funding will not cover, like clean clothes and underwear for sexual assault victims who have to surrender their torn, tattered garments as evidence. H.E.A.R.T. also makes sure that every child who comes into the VIP clinic to be examined for physical or sexual assault is given a stuffed animal. That’s around 8,000 stuffed animals each year. Doctors and nurses report that this simple item is incredibly powerful. It gives frightened children something to hold onto, a comforting presence with whom to be sad, mad, happy, angry or scared.
VIP and the women of H.E.A.R.T. are incredibly grateful to Alison, Elizabeth and Jamie and the team at Fashionology for opening the store and their hearts to so many children and organizing such a successful event.
H.E.A.R.T. and Fashionology even made an "impact" on the editors at the Huffington Post!