Go Local – A Lasting Impression

When you travel to new places do you aspire to make a difference? To leave knowing that you had a positive impact on someone’s life?

Here are some organizations in the New York City area that are making strides in the community, inspiring change, and empowering others. Visit their websites to learn more!

City Girl Beauty Project – ​Women whose lives were affected by domestic violence and human trafficking, coming together to make a difference and be apart of the solution. ​The mission of City Girl Beauty Project is empower and impact the lives of young girls and women (ages 18 – 30) who struggle with uncertainty and low self worth as they transition into a life after domestic violence and human trafficking. – http://www.givingisglamorous.org

Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals saving and re-homing thousands of New York City’s dogs and cats, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, is the sole umbrella organization for animal welfare in NYC.  The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is committed to seeing the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament is killed merely because he or she does not have a home. http://www.animalalliancenyc.org

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Baby Buggy – Since 2001, Baby Buggy has donated over 6 million items to families in need, including diapers, strollers, bottles and toys. Their motto “Love, Recycled” fuels their mission to help families in need. – http://babybuggy.org

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) –  “nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN’s mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals.” – http://www.keennewyork.org

Forestdale Inc – an organization dedicated to the future of the children of Queens [They] are committed to breaking the destructive cycle of poverty and trauma that afflicts generations of inner-city children…[Their] mission is to ensure that children have the fundamental assets they need to grow into independent and engaged adults, specifically a secure home life, education and workforce opportunity, and health literacy. With a history of service dating back to 1854, Forestdale serves as a resource for families from Astoria to Far Rockaway. http://forestdaleinc.org

Beating Cancer in Heels – Dedicated to the empowerment of women the organization provides programming that helps the individual function in their own world with a positive attitude, and a face of hope and strength.

If you are in the NYC area Thursday, May 2nd check out  the “City Girl Beauty Project’s Launch and Annual Fundraiser for survivors of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. Learn more about the organization, their new project, and how you can help empower and inspire survivors. Visit http://citygirlbeautyproject.eventbrite.com for more details.

I hope to see you there! What are some of your favorite local organizations to volunteer with?

Until next time -xo AGT

Charity Spotlight – Beating Cancer in Heels

No, snow storm is going to stop fashion week. The show must go on! NY Fashion Week = Loads of fabulous clothes and shoes, so I want to spotlight a wonderful new organization called “Beating Cancer in Heels”. I first learned about “Beating Cancer in Heels”while covering the Tene Nicole Marketing and Publications Firm’s 2nd Annual Shopping Night Out (SNO) in October last year. This event was created by the firm to raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness month and the money raised goes to the “Beating Cancer in Heels” organization. Here are a few pictures from the event. There were even some Mob Wives in the building showing their support :)

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Veronica Spadaro Couture

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My Girlfriend’s Closet Boutique

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JeTaime Shoes



Beating Cancer in Heels was founded by Brooklyn native Marlena Ortiz who began her journey at the age of 25 when she was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, a major frustration she had was the feeling that she no longer felt feminine, and wanting  to feel like a “normal” young woman again. Realizing that other women have the same struggle she founded Beating Cancer in Heels in 2011 and has committed herself to changing the face of the disease.

“The foundation is dedicated to the empowerment of women by providing programming that helps the individual function in their own world with a positive attitude, and a face of hope and strength. Marlena is building a program through the foundation to provide “one on one life coaching” for women who seek advice and support at no cost.Through life coaching and social and beauty programs, participants will be able to go“Stepping Out” once again into a normal, happy life. The unique face of each woman is celebrated, and the “just BE YOU”  mantra teaches women how to embrace the future, confident in who they are now, and who they will become in the future. A woman with a face of her own, not the face of cancer.” – www.beatingcancerinheels.org

In the coming months the nonprofit’s focus will be on gaining the endorsements and financial support needed to make Beating Cancer in Heels a reality, and to help countless women find the fashionista within. Check out this video from “What’s the 411” of last years shopping night out event – watch for Marlena’s interview!

To find out more about Beating Cancer in Heels visit www.beatingcancerinheels.org. To become a sponsor or retailer for the 3rd Annual Shopping Night Out taking place October 2013 request a proposal packet at info@tenenicole.com.

Love AGT :)