New Canaan Group Plans Charity Fashion Show Called 'Couture For A Cause'

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- -- A night of high fashion In New Canaan will help charities and other nonprofits helping those in need.

Nicole Cribbins, YWL President, and Jim Ziolkowski, founder and CEO of buildOn
Nicole Cribbins, YWL President, and Jim Ziolkowski, founder and CEO of buildOn Photo Credit: Contributed

The Young Women’s League  of New Canaan is hosting Couture for a Cause on Friday, May 9, at the Loading Dock in Stamford.

Couture for a Cause raised $32,000 in last year’s event and the YWL is aiming higher as they seek to raise $50,000. 

Each year, the YWL aligns its charitable giving with an alternating three-year theme based on community, children and women. Local organizations are welcome to submit grant requests, and then the YWL notifies the major awardees in the fall. The grant amounts, however, are determined in the spring after the YWL’s major spring fundraiser, Couture for a Cause.

This year’s giving theme is “Help a Child…Change a Community,” according to YWL Vice President Amy Fields. “As we evaluate grant requests, we confirm that the charities meet this theme in a meaningful way. Our policy is to make grants to organizations with specific and identified needs, rather than make a general contribution to an administrative account.”

One recipient will be buildOn, an organization that has constructed 587 schools worldwide, with more than 84,000 children, parents and grandparents attending these schools every day.

Other children-focused organizations earmarked to receive funds from the YWL this year are Inspirica, STAR, and Blessings in a Backpack.

For tickets and more information about Couture for a Cause, please visit

This year’s Couture for a Cause chairs are Amy Fields, Anna Diamantis, Nancy Roeder, and Jenn Shulman.

The main sponsors for this annual event are Porsche of Greenwich and Kristin Thomas, Wardrobe Stylist, and the event’s media sponsor is Serendipity magazine. Other sponsors include Realtor Nicole Steel, Playland, Brotherhood & Higley, TOGS, She La La, l’Armoire, Soleil Toile, Walin & Wolff, Pimlico, l’Armoire, and Caren Forbes & Co.

To date, the YWL has raised over $3 million, which is given in the form of charitable grants distributed to over 150 local and regional organizations.

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