Jimmy Choo Supports The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
BY JOHN BOBEY
PHOTOGRAPHS BY EUGENE GOLOGURSKY
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While loving beautiful Jimmy Choos is certainly human, to use that love as a way of raising money for a worthy cause is nothing less than divine. That is exactly what Allison Lutnick is doing. For the third time in just two years, she has partnered with Jimmy Choo to host a lavish event to raise money for the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. On a Wednesday evening in early August, Allison opened her Bridgehampton home and treated invitees to an enviable sneak peek at the Fall 2011 collection of Jimmy Choo shoes, bags and leather goods (with a 10 percent discount to boot). Those in attendance supported not only those families affected by the tragedy of September 11, but also the array of charitable efforts that the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund supports every day. “Jimmy Choo had approached me and asked about doing something charitable, and I thought, What a great opportunity,” recalls Allison.
With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 looming, the afternoon was especially poignant. It bears remembering that Cantor Fitzgerald was a World Trade Center tenant dramatically affected by the attacks, losing 658 employees on that dreadful day. Through the Relief Fund, founded on September 14, 2001, with a $1 million donation from Allison’s husband (and Cantor Fitzgerald chairman and CEO), Howard, the company continues to honor their memory and do whatever it can to help the families of those whose lives were lost. In addition to immeasurable emotional support, it has raised and distributed hundreds of millions of dollars for nearly a thousand families.