Karen Koeningsberg is a young Manhattan socialite who wants to make a difference. She founded “Cherished Feet”, a non-profit organization that collects shoes for homeless and indigent people in different parts of the world. She recently did a shoe drive for Haiti. This night, she was collecting shoes for NYC’s homeless population.
I first met Karen when I was hosting the red carpet for the opening of the huge Forever 21 store in Manhattan, and she came with actress Jamie Hilfiger.
I saw her again this past New Year’s Eve when I was hosting the red carpet for a big fashion event at the Nexus Townhouse on East 58th Street, and once again she came to walk the red carpet. This time she told me about her charity and I told her I would love to be helpful in any way I could.
The event was at Copia, a really nice place right near me on East 53rd Street. It’s so rare when anything cool is held on the Upper East Side, but very welcome. I found some very “newish”, shoes I had to donate, which gave me more room in my closet to get shoes I don’t need, and I literally walked around the corner to Copia.
The place was packed with lots of fun stylish people, including songstress Baiyu Chen, journalist Farah Sarafa, Marie Delus from The Mayor’s office, Portuguese TV star Jose Castelo Branco, Heather Jones from Ritzy Rich, (www.ritzyrich.com) and Stacy Kessler from Millionaire Matchmaker. Internationally known designer Richie Rich was there, who I had just seen during Fashion Week, at a great show at the Audi Forum.
Richie is good friends with Ryan Colby from Colby Models, and I am co-producing a new reality show with Alycia Kaback of VIP Talent Connect, called Model Diaries, focussed on Colby models, and 7 models aspiring models we will be grooming for stardom.
Karen’s event was a big success and she was assisted by her staff of fantastic people including Christine Poopatana, Lindsey McCormick, Lucy Karpilovskaya, and Stephanie Kovacs, who enjoyed writing with my big pen.
It was also Richie Rich’s birthday, so Karen surprised him with a cake, and we all went off our diets to have a piece.
Karen, we wish you luck in bringing your dream to fruition.
Make sure to also check out this piece in Scallywag and Vagabond. The link is attached above, and again down here!