21 Mar Neiman Marcus provided mentoring and lunch for teen girl clients of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center
Neiman Marcus provided mentoring and lunch for teen girl clients of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center. (From left) Andrew Malekoff, Doris Wilshere and Nancy Lane.
Neiman Marcus Staff Mentors Guidance Center Clients
Also donates $2,000 to our Nature Nursery
Roslyn Heights, NY, March 6, 2017 — North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center and Neiman Marcus teamed up on Friday, Feb. 24, for a luncheon and makeover event that was educational and lots of fun for nearly 20 of our teen girl clients. The girls, along with staff from the Guidance Center, were treated to a wonderful lunch as five employees of Neiman Marcus and one from Estee Lauder shared their inspirational stories that described their career paths.
The teens, along with several staff and board members from the Guidance Center, were welcomed to the lovely café at Neiman Marcus by Doris Wilshere, the store’s Vice President and General Manager, who told the girls, “Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t fulfill your dreams. You can accomplish anything!”
The concept for the mentoring initiative came from the Business Advisory Committee of the Guidance Center, which includes Board Member Linda Ugenti, who was instrumental in coordinating the effort at Neiman Marcus and was one of the six mentors at the luncheon.
“Helping children is Neiman Marcus’s top priority, so connecting them in this mentoring program with the Guidance Center was a natural,” said Ugenti, who is a selling associate at Neiman Marcus and a long-time board member of the Guidance Center.
Neiman Marcus also made a generous donation of $2,000 toward art supplies for our new Nature Nursery, located at our Marks Family Right From the Start 0-3+ Center in Manhasset, which will come in handy when our younger clients begin using the Nature Nursery in the Spring.
“Goodwill and supporting the communities surrounding our stores are two of the guiding principles of Neiman Marcus,” said Wilshire. “It was with those principles in mind that we were honored to partner with the Guidance Center. The mentorship luncheon was an amazing success. We look forward to continuing our community involvement and charitable efforts on Long Island and partnering again with the Guidance Center.”
“We are so grateful to the Neiman Marcus staff for hosting this mentoring partnership,” said Regina Barros-Rivera, Associate Executive Director at the Guidance Center. “Hearing the stories of success of the six mentors was very motivating for them, and they also had a terrific time getting their makeovers at the Estee Lauder counter.”
Executive Director Andrew Malekoff added, “We look forward to continuing and expanding this partnership with the gracious and caring staff at Neiman Marcus.”
As the pre-eminent not-for-profit children’s mental health agency on Long Island, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center is dedicated to restoring and strengthening the emotional well-being of children (from birth – age 24) and their families. Our highly trained staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, vocational rehabilitation counselors and other mental health professionals lead the way in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, training, parent education, research and advocacy. The Guidance Center helps children and families address issues such as depression and anxiety; developmental delays; bullying; teen pregnancy; sexual abuse; teen drug and alcohol abuse; and family crises stemming from illness, death, trauma and divorce. For more than 60 years, the Guidance Center has been a place of hope and healing, providing innovative and compassionate treatment to all who enter our doors, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information about the Guidance Center, visit www.northshorechildguidance.org or call (516) 626-1971.
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