JEWISH WOMEN’S FOUNDATION No Centerpieces At Luncheon?
What Would Martha Stewart Say?
Story and Photos by Tim Boxer S editorial director of the Martha Stewart weddings brand in publishing and merchandising, Darcy Miller Nussbaum doesn’t have time to spare. But she agreed to be an honoree at the spring benefit luncheon for the Jewish Women’s Foundation.
Months went by and when she hadn’t heard further details, she called. "When will we meet to discuss the flowers and decorations for the luncheon?"
They told her they don’t have such meetings, and there’ll be no decorations. "We spend our time and money to make a difference in these women’s lives—not decorating."
Nussbaum was aghast. "A benefit without centerpieces where I’m being honored? Martha would not approve."
The organization, which raises funds to support victims of abuse, alcoholism, drugs and bullying, held its spring luncheon—without flowers—The Pierre in New York for 350 guests.
President Lynn Tobias presented the Miriam’s Cup award—named for "the woman known for healing and nurturing"—to Nussbaum as well as to Melva Bucksbaum, philanthropist and art collector; Dr. Annette Insdorf, director of undergraduate film studies at Columbia University; and Jane Weitzman, wife of Stuart Weitzman and executive vice president of his shoe company.
"I never thought of Jewish women being victims of domestic violence," Bucksbaum said. "This is a significant service for battered Jewish women."
Psychiatrist Gail Saltz, who served as emcee, said she sees women nurturing women. "It is a gift we have. Behind each woman is another great woman."