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Jeffery Fashion Cares 2016 Gala Fashion Show and Auction

The 24th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares gave Atlanta’s fashion patrons a look at fall collections from designers such as Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Brandon Maxwell, Vetements, Manolo Blahnik, Gucci, Lanvin and Celine, while raising thousands of dollars and awareness for the Atlanta AIDS Fund and Susan B. Komen Greater Atlanta.

Held for the second year in a row at the upscale Phipps Plaza in a white curtained-off space not far from the Jeffrey Atlanta boutique, the sold-out event sought to raise as much or more charity dollars as last year, which was $700,000. Guests including included Rigby & Peller chief executive officer Ginny Gerard and Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, wife of Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, socialized before moving to their seats. An auction for trips and jewelry raised $71,000, not counting donations ranging from $100 to $5,000 sought afterward. A weeklong trip to the South African Thulani Game reserve ended up going to two competing bidders for $15,000 each.

Jeffrey Kalinsky, who started the event in 1992, tried to pass on as much of the money as possible to the charities without putting it into the reception or fashion show. Phipps Plaza, he said, donated $50,000 to them, and the food and open bar were donated. Most of the fashion comes from his stores.

Event chairs Lila Hertz, Louise Sams and Jeffrey McQuithy mixed with guests before joining Kalinsky onstage to welcome everyone and encourage donations. The fashion show included cashmere, leather, glossy brocades and liquid silks with fall colors based on a monochromatic palette with color blocks, and colors focused on lemon yellow, royal blue and shades of red. Other trends were a street style, highlighted by designers Vetements and Marques’ Almeida, with key elements of oversizing seen in parkas, bomber jackets, furs and shearlings.

Brands Kalinsky added this year included Marques’ Almeida and Brandon Maxwell, who has been styling Lady Gaga. He is most impressed with Maxwell. “His looks are among my favorites in the show tonight,” Kalinsky said. “He had his first show in New York a year ago, and I said, ‘This is the real deal.’”

Next year, Jeffrey Fashion Cares celebrates another milestone — the 25th anniversary. Kalinsky has, of course, been focusing on year 24, but said he’d like to make the reception bigger and more important next year. Recalling 2012, when the charity event celebrated its 20th year and surprised everyone with a flash-mob dance, Kalinsky said he’d love another “fabulous flash mob.”

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Ian’s Friends Foundation

 Neil,

I want to thank you for your ongoing support of Ian’s Friends Foundation! It was such an honor to have you join us Saturday night. I am ecstatic to report that our event raised over $900,000 for pediatric brain tumor research! It is because of YOU that we are able to make a difference.  On behalf of all of the children battling brain tumors, thank you for your time! Your support is critical in sponsoring the research so desperately needed to find a cure for pediatric brain tumors.

We hope to work with you again in the future. With gratitude,

 

- Kathy OrtstadtExecutive Director Ian’s Friends Foundation

JFS

Just wanted to tell you how impressed Pamela and I were with your work at the JFS Annual Dinner.  You really were responsible for making the auctions a financial success … and at the same time, made it fun for the participants & onlookers. 

Any way … didn’t want to let the weekend pass w/o letting you know you really helped make the evening a success.  I estimated you took in almost $200,000 during the Live Auction … and I know there was a good deal of activity on the timed auction items, as well.  See you soon ! ~ bob

ROBERT S WEINROTH

 

- Peter ParkerManager

Place of Hope

Neil – you are a tremendous part of the team. You do a superb job and really bring a level of excitement and fun to the process and the evening! Thanks so much for being so very good at what you do! We also beleive that God brings each person into the fold to accomplish His plan. You are certainly in that fold!

Charles L. Bender III
Executive Director PLACE OF HOPE

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Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services

Thanks so much for last night.  What an amazing evening!!!  needless to say, it was a STELLAR CASH CALL!!!  We couldn’t have done it without you.
Thanks again!!! Love you guys!!!

Jill Waldman,

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Sevices

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American Cancer Society-Orlando

Thank you so much Neil! You were fantastic! Very nice to meet you and your wife. You are the best auctioneer we have ever had. I am very happy how everything turned out. It was a great event and I think it will just keep growing bigger. Thanks again!

- Brandi HolstenAuction Chair ACS Cattle Barons Ball Orlando

PARC

“Neil Saffer knows how to get a crowd involved!  He is articulate and educated on the products for auction.  He knows how to speak to the crowd without being demanding or over the top.  He was able to make our auction a success and bring critical fund-raising dollars to PARC.”

- Sue BuchholtzPresident & CEO of PARC in St. Petersburg, FL

Chabad of East Boca raton

Now I can believe that miracles can happen!
You were a very big part of this successful event. Your professionalism is apparent in your demeanor.
I think you could actually get water from the rock! I had no intention of buying anything, but as you know I did.
Neil, it is a pleasure to meet, and get to know you. You are a talented person.
Thank you so much, look forward to seeing you soon,

 

 

- Herb RaiffeChabad of East Boca Raton

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services

Thanks so much for last nite. What an amazing evening!!! needless to say, it was a STELLAR CASH CALL!!! We couldn’t have done it without you.

Thanks again!!! Love you guys!!!

 

 

- Jill Waldman,Norman and Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services

Unity School of Delray Beach

After each one of our annual auctions, we come back to  Unity School and rave about the ever fantastic auctioneer,  Neil Saffer. Year after year you bring fun and excitement to the night!  Your sense of humor and joy of raising money for our school ensures that each one of our auction events surpasses the last in both profitability and entertainment.  Not only do you amuse our donors but you cajole them into happily opening wide their wallets to support our mission. Please don’t ever give up your auction career because we would be hard pressed to replace your amazing gift for fund raising on the auction podium. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for our school. “

- Diane Shawcross Unity SchoolDevelopment Director

Catholic Charities Diocese of Palm Beach

Thank YOU Neil! It always is a treat to work with a professional who brings so many unique ideas to the table. Thank you for everything you contribute and do for us!! Until next year!

- Janelle HoffmanDevelopment Coordinator Catholic Charities Diocese of Palm Beach