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Monday, December 22, 2014
Making a difference spurs fashion show
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Courtesy Deborah Schochet
“Couture for a Cause: Joys of Life,” fashion show, will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Woodmere resident Deborah Schochet. Her ALS was diagnosed in February.

Schochet’s diagnosis came in the midst of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction as the storm destroyed her basement, home’s foundation and electrical system. Fortunately, she and her family returned home in January as a new boiler was installed, first floor was repaired and outdoor electric was replaced. However, her insurance company denied the foundation and basement repairs. “To be dealing with my illness and Sandy is a sheer nightmare,” she said. “It’s like suddenly having three full-time jobs.”

Despite her personal setbacks, Schochet hopes “Couture for a Cause” raises awareness and she’s appreciative of the support. “The Five Towns Jewish community is one of the best in the world; they take care of each and every person, no one is ever alone,” she said. “Besides the financial help, the community jumped in with prayer and help. I feel lucky to be part of such an amazing place.”

Tickets are already sold out for the fashion show, which is a good measure of the event’s anticipated success, according to Weinstein. “I hope everyone enjoys themselves and we’re able to raise as much money as we can to help the kidney organization and Deborah,” she said.

Silber-Berg anticipates that the event will be sensational. “I truly feel that women in the Jewish community should be able to enjoy a fabulous night out,” she said, “without losing sight that although fashion and glamour are great, we need to always stay grounded and remember those in need by giving back at the same time.”

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