Bottomless Closet’s Annual Luncheon is held every spring to highlight our successes and accomplishments and to raise funds to support our programming and services. Bottomless Closet relies on corporate and individual ticket and table sales to sustain the mission. A short program consists of awards, a key note speaker and the heart of the day – Bottomless Closet volunteers and clients sharing their compelling stories of transformations. Guests are encouraged to bring a donation of accessories, in order to replenish the boutique and for us to pass onto women in their transition to work.
The 2018 Annual Spring Luncheon will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Bottomless is thankful to our generous supporters who each year donate funds, clothing and accessories to support our mission. Because of them, our clients can get the professional clothing and career training they need to achieve success.
We honor several of these supporters each year. This year we will Honor fashion designer, Christian Siriano, Facebook VP Nada Stirratt and posthumously honoring Bottomless Closet board member Andrea Mastro Hoinacki. Hosted by Lori Stokes, Fox 5 Good Day New York.
Following his studies in London under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, Christian Siriano launched his eponymous collection in 2008. The Christian Siriano collection is shown each season at New York Fashion Week, and presented in New York and Paris to retailers. Known for whimsical and show-stopping design – from fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses to tailored sportswear, intricately detailed shoes and accessories – the collection can be found at department stores and specialty boutiques around the globe. In 2012, the first flagship Christian Siriano store opened in New York City, and in 2013 he was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
Christian Siriano also designs seasonal collections of affordable shoes and handbags for Payless ShoeSource, an ongoing guest designer collaboration since 2009. In 2016 he designed a collaboration collection for Lane Bryant. Other design partnerships have included a beauty line for Victoria’s Secret, and clothing and/or accessories with HSN, Disney, Nordstrom, Best Buy, Puma, Starbucks, Spiegel, and others. “Silhouette,” his first fragrance, launched in 2014. Christian Siriano intimates, eyewear, home/bedding, and beauty collections all launched in 2015 and 2016. He released a photographic retrospective with Rizzoli Books in late 2017 which is already in its second printing.
Nada Stirratt is Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, North America at Facebook where she leads partnerships with the largest brands and agencies across both the US and Canada. Her team supports all of Facebook’s offerings including Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Marketplace.
Prior to Facebook Nada was chief executive officer of Verve Mobile. Under her leadership, the company more than doubled its revenue, expanded oversees, made two strategic acquisitions and raised over $30M. Nada joined Verve from Acxiom, where she served as the company’s first chief revenue officer.
Before Acxiom, Nada was the chief revenue officer of MySpace, playing an integral role in the social network’s sale to Specific Media in 2011.
Nada serves as a director on the board of Blue Star Families.
This year, we honor also honor our previous board member, Andrea Hoinacki, posthumously. In addition to being on our Board, Andrea was a long-time and dedicated volunteer, supporter and champion of Bottomless Closet. She began her involvement with Bottomless Closet in 2002 as a volunteer, coaching and dressing clients. Her sense of style and flair for fashion made her an ideal stylist to outfit disadvantaged women for job interviews. And her organized, analytical mind – coupled with passion and sensitivity – made her an ideal resume and interview coach.
Andrea was also the founder and the Chair of the Young Leadership Council, or YLC, a group of next generation supporters and volunteers, who under Andrea’s leadership, planned and executed events, hosted workshops for clients on a variety of topics, and strengthened connections to Bottomless Closet. This group was also instrumental in bringing up the next generation of Bottomless Closet leaders and Board members. She also served as the Chair of the YLC for the Annual Spring Luncheon, and was a tireless supporter and organizer of this annual event, which remains our largest fundraiser and event of the year.
In short, Andrea had a boundless capacity to transform those around her. With her smart, organized approach, her inclusiveness, hard work, dedication and warmth, Andrea played a key role in laying the foundation on which Bottomless Closet’s current success is built.
Whether it be the clients she coached and dressed, the groups and events she started, nurtured and saw to successful outcomes, or also perhaps most deeply, the friendships she formed, she made a lasting, unending, impact on Bottomless Closet.
Louise Kleinberg Award
|Maggie Lear is the President of The Frances Lear Foundation that focuses on criminal justice reform, the environment, arts education, and progressive leaders. As a clinical social worker, Maggie facilitates parent discussions in NYC’s independent schools for grades K-12 through Parents In Action. At the non-profit Bottomless Closet, Maggie assists low-income women with job readiness skills and professional clothing. Maggie previously served as the Director of Public Information for NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services and worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in the pre-natal clinic doing HIV and supportive counseling for low-income women. She currently serves on the board of Youth Represent and is the chair of The Youth Justice Funding Collaborative, a group of funders and activist focusing on criminal justice reform in New Orleans. Maggie is also a member of the Solidaire network.|