: An exceptional crowd filled the Clinton Holiday Inn on Saturday to enjoy the first annual “Common Colors 2016 Women’s Forum” fundraiser, presented by Color It Forward, a not-for-profit organization which works with local charitable and social service organizations to unite clients in need with local salons and cosmetologists to help women at risk find a beautiful new lease on life.
The fundraiser, which ran from 6-9PM, featured a cocktail hour which was followed by a forum of speakers and women’s advocates. Elizabeth Gilbert, best-selling author of the famous memoir “Eat, Pray, Love”, kicked off the event with inspiring words and a heartfelt introduction of the first speaker and friend, Rayya Elias. Author of “Harley Loco”, Elias spoke of her early troubled years as a young woman and how she discovered her true self. She was followed by Parul Patel (Dress for Success) and Mayor Janice Kovach. Mary Carlomagno, author and speaker, concluded the event with her words on simplicity and a balanced life.
“The event was Color It Forward’s debut event. Our goal was to bring together strong and positive people for an evening of inspiration and giving back, and I think we achieved it,” said Michelle Gill, executive director. “CIF is a charity, but it can be bigger than that. It can be a community,” said Gill.
The not-for-profit organization works with women who are in “transitional situations”, such as domestic abuse survivors, women with mental health o substance abuse issues, or any situation that compromises their economic status. By helping women enhance their outer beauty, CIF helps them explore their inner beauty and build confidence and strength to meet their challenges and transitions head on.
For information on CIF, or to donate or sponsor a client, please call 908-303-2438 or inquire online at www.color-it-forward.org.