It all started back in the early 1990s when founder Deborah Koenigsberger started ‘adopting’ some local shelters in her area to try and figure out what families needed most, be it love and support, a friendly face or a birthday party for a child. Since her work with the shelters began, Koenigsberger has grown her non-profit into a massive organization, complete with a board of directors.
Coming from a fashion background over the past 15 to 20 years as a stylist and closet organizer, her networking and connections led her to gain outstanding support from celebrities such as Ivana Trump, Vanessa Williams, Marcia Gay Harden and fashion designer Beth Bowley. Her efforts to push these homeless mothers and children to self-sufficiency has blossomed into a booming collaborative effort, a network of donations, celebrity support and continued emotional support thats brings into the lives of each mother and child a sense of importance and value.
Koenigsberger has made a substantial mark on one of the toughest ongoing social issues in New York City by raising over 1 million dollars for single mothers and their children in the shelter systems. The mothers and kids she works with come from each borough, with a large majority hailing from Brooklyn and Queens.
“These women are given a helping hand to get on their feet and stay on their feet,” said Koenigsberger, as her charitable work is what gives these women hope to make it from day to day. These mothers are victims of domestic violence, poverty and lack of education. She encourages each of them to help themselves as well as help others by joining the alumni group of Hearts of Gold. Alumni can assist other mothers going through similar issues.
The Hooray For Hollywood event started with a cocktail party and silent auction, followed by a lavish sit-down dinner and fashion show. The runway show featured a mix of designers including Transit, Beth Bowley, Kyle Westphal and Judith & Charles. The finale showcased merchandise from The Thrifty Hog, the fabulous designer resale boutique located at 11 West 25th Street in Manhattan. Merchandise for the store is given to Koenigsberger by generous donors from all over the tri-state area. All proceeds after operational costs are donated to Hearts of Gold.
The night continued with Chuck Chillout ripping up the turntables spinning tunes as the tables were kicked aside and a dance floor took shape. Please visit to find out more about Hearts of Gold or The Thrifty Hog.
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