Fashionistas Celebrated The Community Chest’s Young Women's Leadership Program's Sixth Anniversary in a Fashion Show at Max Mara

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; November 2023) -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's (The Chest) Young Women's Leadership Program celebrated its sixth anniversary with a fashion show at Max Mara.  Fashionistas attended and explored Max Mara's 2023 fall and winter collection at the Max Mara store, located at The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, New Jersey.

           The fashion show was free and open to the public.  During the fashion show, these young women leaders in the community modeled the latest fashions and discussed their future plans:

• Judy Zhang, 2023 Junior Winner of the Young Women’s Leadership Program;

• Eden Garrett, The Community Chest’s student intern with the Partnership for Healthy Eating initiative; and

• Jordan Yanowitz, The Community Chest’s student intern with the Young Women’s Leadership Program.

Supported Young Women Leaders

            Guests shopped, saved, and supported The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County’s Young Women’s Leadership Program.  When customers shopped at Max Mara on October 5, a ten percent discount on select styles was offered, with ten percent of the proceeds made that day donated to The Community Chest's Young Women’s Leadership Program.  The fashion show raised nearly $4,000 to support the program.

            The Chest is committed to encouraging the involvement of young women at an early age as leaders in their communities throughout their lives.  Each year, The Chest presents Young Women's Leadership awards to outstanding juniors and seniors in high school.  Awards are given to outstanding students identifying as female, enrolled in their junior or senior years, and residing and/or attending a public or private a high school in eastern Bergen County, New Jersey.  For further information about The Community Chest’s Young Women’s Leadership Program, contact Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, Executive Director of The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County, at 201-568-7474.

The Legacy of the Elizabeths

            The Young Women's Leadership Program's awards honor the legacy of the three Elizabeths -- Elizabeth Cutter Morrow, Elizabeth Morrow Morgan, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  During the Great Depression, Elizabeth Cutter Morrow, an Englewood resident, became the founding board chair of The Community Chest.  Elisabeth Morrow Morgan, the founder of The Elisabeth Morrow School, grew up in Englewood.  Tenafly resident Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a leader in the suffrage movement.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

            Since the organization's founding 90 years ago, The Chest has raised over $2 million, the equivalent of $62 million, when adjusted for inflation, and served over 100 nonprofit organizations.  The Chest supports area nonprofits addressing a range of issues, including health and mental health, hunger, arts programming, the environment, and volunteerism for approximately 50,000 people annually.

About The Community Chest

            Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Englewood, New Jersey, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 90 years.  The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County.  Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens.  The organization also provides coordinating and planning services in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network.

            The Community Chest's Board of Managers is comprised of community leaders dedicated to improving the lives of neighbors in need.  People interested in being considered for board membership may contact Executive Director Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer at (201) 568-7474.

            For further information about The Chest, visit or contact (201) 568-7474.  Stay updated about the organization’s activities on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Photo Caption: Shown left to right: The Community Chest’s Vice President Amie Abu Rustum, guest Abigail LaValle, The Community Chest’s Vice President Emily Yang, and Max Mara’s emcee Danny Miller

Photo credit: Gloria Nelson

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