Fashion show raises $60,000 for FCA


More than 200 people showed up recently to not only celebrate Women’s History Month, but to support a charity as well, raising more than $60,000 for Family & Children’s Association.

It was all part of FCA’s second annual Long Island Women in Philanthropy breakfast and fashion show that honored present-day philanthropist and social activist Leah Fisher. She is senior vice president of special projects at the Uniondale-based Arbor Realty Trust Inc.

Fisher is a heroine and champion of women in her own right as a founding member of “Conversations For Change,” a podcast exploring social activism through challenging conversations. Topics are selected based on overt areas of strife and inequity, current events, and what women experience in everyday life.

“FCA was founded on the ideas and ideals of philanthropic-minded women nearly 140 years ago,” said Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA’s president and chief executive, told attendees, which included former New York governor David Paterson. “Today, women continue to play an important role in FCA’s leadership, staff, volunteers and donors. Together they work to help and strengthen individuals, communities and each other to fulfill their potential, and give back.”

FCA’s original orphanage, the Temporary Home for Friendless Children, was spearheaded in 1984 by Louisa Lee Schuyler — a great-granddaughter of Alexander Hamilton — and a group of like-minded women committed to the welfare of vulnerable children.

Today, FCA has six predominantly women-led divisions ranging from addition prevention and recovery, to children’s mental health and wellness, to family support. Each of the divisions were represented in the fashion show by client and volunteer models whose lives were positively impacted by FCA programs.

Altar’d State, which operates out of Roosevelt Field Mall, provided the fashion, while Sewanhaka High School’s cosmetology department provided hair and makeup.

For more information on how to support FCA programs, reach out to Paige O’Brien at (516) 746-0350, Ext. 4320, or at