Posts tagged: Giving Back

Wags 4 Hope

By , April 23, 2014 12:26 pm

Written By:
Annie Blumenfeld, the Founder and President of Wags 4 Hope

April is National Heartworm Disease Awareness, month and I would love to share about how I got started with my non-profit organization called Wags 4 hope. My family began searching for three years through countless pet stores, rescue shelters, Newspapers, and private dog breeders, for a loving and loyal friend. A year and a half ago, our search happily ended when I was searching the Internet and found a two-year-old shaggy dog that had been rescued at a high kill shelter in Houston, Texas.

At his Veterinarian check up it soon was discovered that Teddy tested positive for heartworm disease through an antigen test. This blood test detects specific proteins, called antigens, which are released by adult female heartworms into the dog’s bloodstream. Teddy had to be given two injections of arsenic and remain in a crate. He had to be inactive and carefully monitored for a couple of months. The treatment for heartworm disease is very expensive and difficult for dogs to recover from. It can also be potentially toxic to the dog’s body and can cause serious complications, such as life-threatening blood clots to the lungs. Treatment is very expensive because it requires multiple visits to the Veterinarian, with the process of blood work, and X-rays. It broke my heart to learn that my dog had endured great pain.

Having learned devastating effects of heartworm disease from my loving companion, I seek to educate pet owners across the country about heartworm disease. I founded Wags 4 Hope in an effort to raise awareness and help support shelter animals’ medical needs. I combine my love of painting with my passion for animals. All of the proceeds raised through my paintings are given animal shelters and rescues.

For more information please visit

Annie WAGS 4 HOPE pictured with Barbara Naugle, the Director of the Connecticut Humane Society

Annie pictured with Barbara Naugle, the Director of the Connecticut Humane Society


Holiday Bizarre Pop-up Shop @ FIT

By , November 16, 2013 1:51 pm

Holiday Bizarre at FIT

Holiday Bizarre Pop-up Shop
November 19-23, 2013
FIT, corner of 27th St & 7th Ave

FIT students in the department of Visual Presentation and Exhibit Design led by Assistant Professor Anne Kong have developed a “Holiday Bizarre” Themed shop inspired by the Surrealist and Dada art movements. This is a collaboration between FIT and The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Thrift Shop, featuring women’s designer clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry, gift items, and furnishings.

All proceeds benefit the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

FIT’s 5th Annual Pet Fashion Show: BARK-à-Porter

By , April 25, 2013 12:20 pm
BARK 2013 logo

Showcasing past enrolled and current adult student pet product designs. See our doggie models strut the runway in true fashionista style. BARK-à-Porter is also a charitable endeavor, held in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Alliance and Animal Care and Control of NYC. We promise an experience worthy of market week in Paris.

Get your tickets before they sell out!

Date: May 3, Friday
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: Katie Murphy Amphitheater


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Small Businesses Damaged by Sandy?

By , November 24, 2012 8:22 am

If your business or personal belongings or both suffered damages due to Hurricane Sandy first, my heart goes out to you.  I only lost electric and heat and hot water for about 8 days and compared to others it was merely a major annoyance.  A friend on Staten Island who is a florist, lost two cars and had his shop completely flooded out.  He so far has received a standard (I’m told) check from FEMA for $2,400 which, he tells me, barely makes a dent in his damage expenses.  He’s still arguing with his insurance company about his claims. I expect that, unfortunately that may be the case for many people.

Below is a list of hopefully helpful resources.  The NYC.GOV/311 gives a 360 on what’s happening and what’s available.  Below that are key contacts that should be helpful.  And lastly, are two links specifically related to insurance issues due to the storm.

For general information the site below is a general city website that offers a lot of valuable information.
All open 7 days 8am-8 pm

NYC Restoration centers
Bronx  / Throgs Neck — St. Francis Ze Chantal  190 Hollywood Avenue, 10465  (Mon-Fri only 8 am -8pm)
Red Hook office – Coffey Park 85 Richards St. Bklyn 11231
Gravesend – SSA Building 10 Bouck Ct. 11223
Fort Tilden – 415 State Street, Across from St. Geniveves Church, Queens 11697
Far Rockaway – 10-01 Beach 20th St., 11691
Arverne – Shorefront B & C, 6820 Rockaway Beach Blvd, 11692
Staten Island – 1976 Hyland Blvd. 10306

FEMA Recovery Support
1-800-621 FEMA (3362)

Nassau County OEM

American Red Cross


The link below describes the insurance issues around damages due to the hurricane.  It seems insurance deductibles won’t have to be paid – read more…

For people who have been flooded most are not covered by general insurance. However, there might be options…this link is put out by lawyers who are representing people who were flooded.



Sandra Holtzman teaches CEO 035: Licensing.
She is the author of Lies Startups Tell Themselves to Avoid Marketing.

Hurricane Relief

By , November 12, 2012 12:42 pm
The college is currently assessing the needs of our community and identifying efforts specific to FIT. As these initiatives are being developed, some activities are currently underway.

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Image provided by Shutterstock



Canned Food Drive
Sponsored by Food Bank for New York City
Drop-off Locations:

  • The Center, Dubinsky 7th Floor
  • UCE Office, Business & Liberal Arts Center, 9th Floor
  • Lobbies in Pomerantz, Feldman, and Dubinsky

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Blood Drive
Sponsored New York City Blood Center
Thursday, November 15, 10 am to 7 pm
Great Hall, Conference Center

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Sponsored by the Red Cross
Text REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation


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Volunteer Opportunities
Contact FIT’s Student Volunteer Community Service (SVCS) Office at (212) 217-4130 or svcs@fitnyc.eduto learn more about ways to volunteer with the following organizations:

Visit FITNYC.EDU/HURRICANERELIEF for more information and updates.


Volunteering Can Be Good for Business

By , December 3, 2011 1:02 pm

The holiday season isn’t the only time to think of giving back. In these hard pressed financial times, it may be easier to give of your time than to make a cash donation. Have you considered being a volunteer? For those of you thinking, what’s in it for me? I have one word for you plenty!

Where do you find volunteer opportunities? A good place to start is the website By putting in a location (NY, NY) and trying out a few different key words such as fashion, sewing, retail business, small business and the word intern, numerous volunteer opportunities were displayed around the NYC area. These included working in public relations, IT, media/communications, event planning and web development/web design. These opportunities appeared at a myriad of organizations including the Japan Society, Dress for Success, the Police Museum and the International Hostels.

Remember the question, what’s in it for me? Being a volunteer can help to answer one of the most common questions I hear from my students. How do I get a job as an intern? It’s a great way to gain experience and lead to a paying job in the future. (Sometimes where you were a volunteer.) And, living in the NY area, the second most common question I hear from people I know… how do I meet people? You get to spend time with like-minded individuals giving of their time for a cause or organization that means something to them. It’s one of the best ways to network and meet people that I know.

Jill Youngerman teaches CEO 008: Marketing Techniques for Promoting Your Business.

Sustainability – the Future of Fashion?

By , September 1, 2011 7:16 am

Carmen Artigas Talks Fashion Sustainability,
The Future Of The Industry & Alexander McQueen

Carmen Artigas teaches SUS 012: Ethical Fashion I & SUS 013: Ethical Fashion II.
More info on the Sustainable Design Entrepreneur Certificate Program.


By , July 21, 2011 8:01 am

I’m sure we are all familiar with the amazing efforts of TOMS Shoes.  In addition to helping children in need of footwear they’ve expanded their efforts to providing vision care for people around the world.  With a purchase of TOMS sunglasses on person in need will receive an exam, prescription glasses or vision surgery.  At only $135 a pair, I think that’s an amazing deal!  Check out my favorite pair, the Classic 201 in Turquoise and Orange.

Dinna Soliman teaches CTB 012 Microsoft Excel 2: Fashion Design, CTD 131 Creating Complete Tech Packs in Illustrator, and various TOT: Fashion Design classes.


Volunteering and Internships Can Pay Off

By , July 3, 2011 8:01 am

Though you might think of it as someone is getting free labor, doing an internship and/or volunteering at a company you would eventually like to work for can be an investment in your future. You will be learning on the job, making valuable contacts and letting people you would like to work for someday know who you are, how organized you are and how talented you are. What you might even discover is that the company or the field is not what you thought it would be, and that maybe another area seems more exciting.

All your work experience looks good on your resume, and internships and volunteering often lead to a job offers. It’s a win, win situation.

Joan Chiverton teaches SXD 635: Quick Sketching for the Pet-Product Business and SXG 140: Storyboard Techniques Studio for Costume Design.

The Amazing Bottomless Closet

By , June 17, 2011 10:19 am


On June 16th, I attended the 5th annual Handbag Awards, a collaborative event from InStyle Magazine and Handbag Designer 101.  An amazing event to say the least, but another star of the show was the participation of the non-profit organization, Bottomless Closet.  This charity helps under privileged women receive interview-ready clothing.  Not only do they help them look the part, but they are also diligent about making sure their resumes and interviewing skills are up to par.

Find out ways you can help.


Dinna Soliman teaches CTB 012 Microsoft Excel 2: Fashion Design, CTD 131 Creating Complete Tech Packs in Illustrator, and various TOT: Fashion Design classes.

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