Furla, the luxury handbag store, located in the Mall At Short Hills, is hosting a charity shopping event benefitting a Chatham-based nonprofit, ECLC of New Jersey, which provides lifelong services to people with special needs -- education, enrichment and employment to people with special needs.
What to Expect!
Furla is offering 10% off their full-price collection of Italian leather handbags and accessories, as well as donating a portion of the evenings sales to this Chatham-based organization. The Short Hills Hilton is generously donating refreshments, and every guest will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the Hilton’s Eforea Spa, which can be used for either a custom facial or massage. Other prizes include four cooking classes from William Sonoma, and a Furla handbag.
“This is an organization very dear to my heart,” said Cheryl Renga, store manager of Furla. “It is important to me to give back to an organization within our local community, and especially to one that makes a difference in so many lives."
Please take a little time out of your busy holiday schedule to join us to shop for a great cause!
Founded in 1970, ECLC of New Jersey has grown from a small, early-intervention program into a comprehensive network of non-profit agencies serving nearly 700 children and adults with special needs, including autism, Down syndrome, severe learning and/or language disabilities or multiple disabilities.
ECLC’s two schools, in Chatham and Ho-Ho-Kus, educate more than 300 children with special needs from ages 5-21. As students prepare to graduate, ECLC’s affiliate, Community Personnel Services (CPS), also based in Chatham, takes over, guiding them into the next chapter of their young lives. CPS’s employment specialists help them find jobs and provide ongoing support and advocacy.
ECLC graduates who are not ready for the workplace can enroll in the P.R.I.D.E. program, which offers adult clients an opportunity to enhance their daily living skills, socialize with peers and volunteer in the community. Last year, P.R.I.D.E. in Chatham added a micro-business venture, called P.R.I.D.E.CO, to give clients an opportunity to improve their work skills and earn a paycheck. Recently, a new P.R.I.D.E. Center opened in Paramus, at the site of a former print shop, with plans for yet another center on the horizon for 2013.