LPI Holds Successful Fur Sale; Will Offer “Fur & Leather Extravaganza” Again on Saturday

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) enjoyed a highly successful Fur and Leather Extravaganza on Saturday, and, with more furs left to sell, will hold the event again this Saturday.
“We had a great sale, shattering our forecast for the fundraising event,” said Jeff “the Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of LPI. “Thanks to our many customers, and especially to our philanthropic Livingston neighbors who donated their fine quality furs and leathers.”
The sale will be continued this Saturday, November 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Friedman’s home, 8 Country Club Road, across from Cedar Hill Country Club. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the purchase of a much-needed vehicle for the Livingston-based charity to deliver donated items to distribution partners in Newark and other urban Essex County areas.
“Even with the many sales last Saturday – some people came long distances from diverse areas of New Jersey – we have plenty of fine pieces still available,” Friedman said. “In addition, generous Livingston residents continue to donate fur coats and jackets, even as the Extravaganza ended. This means that new fashions will be available for sale this Saturday. With temperatures dropping, this will be a perfect opportunity for those who love the warmth and luxury of fur to purchase furs at a fraction of their original prices.”
One enjoyable aspect of the sale, Friedman said, was the stories attached to some of the garments that changed hands. “One of our gorgeous mink coats, which will be available this Saturday, was originally worn in a major Alaska pageant by a contestant. And at last week’s sale, one of our Blackglama mink coats was purchased by a nice guy, who is originally from Spain. He told us his mom is visiting from Spain, and she had always wanted a fur coat but could not afford one. So he was buying it for her as a surprise.”
Friedman concluded, “We had a lot of fun at Saturday’s event, socializing with old and new friends. I even met a neighbor I didn’t know. We also had many Tribune readers visiting. Thank you to each and every Livingston friend for the extremely kind words about LPI’s work in the community.”
Donations of fur coats for the November 2 sale will be accepted through Friday, November 1, at the Tribune’s office at 495 South Livingston Avenue, next to ShopRite. Donations of other winter coats, winter accessories, men’s dresswear, diapers, women’s sanitary products, and travel-sized toiletries may be dropped at the Tribune during business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on an ongoing basis.


    LPI has welcomed a new distribution partner, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS). Livingston volunteer Stephen Greenberg, who is familiar with JVS, facilitated the donation of coats and men’s dress attire for clients to utilize on job interviews and other important occasions. Shown here, two JVS clients model LPI-donated coats, assisted by Hetell Arciso and Deborah Fresolone of JVS and LPI’s Greenberg.

    Livingston resident and Livingston High School alumna Wendy Klarman Weiss, a high school friend of Friedman’s, models a rare Zig-Zag Mink Coat. The coat is among those that will be available at Livingston Philanthropies’ Fur and Leather Extravaganza Sale Redux, happening again this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 8 Country Club Road. All proceeds will benefit the homeless and profoundly poor.

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