Monday, October 4, 2010

Around Town with Risa Pulver: The Risa Pulver Project

Around Town with Risa Pulver: The Risa Pulver Project

The Risa Pulver Project

I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new business venture The Risa Pulver Project. Over the past twenty years I have used many of my talents in the worlds of fashion, events and philanthropy. The Risa Pulver Project will offer personalized styling and shopping customized to each client's needs. My more than 20 year background in Fundraising, Development and Special Events will enable to offer consulting to Not for Profits and Individuals. Networking and Personal connections make things happen. People give to People.....

I graduated from The Fashion of Institute of Technology with a BS in Marketing and degrees in Fashion Buying and Merchandising and Home Fashion Design. I have always loved fashion and shopping. I worked for my father in his retail shoe stores from the time I was 12 until 19, every Saturday. His stores were located in East Harlem. I had an amazing experience and learned so much while working for him. I learned about all different types of people. Our customers were Puerto Rican, Jamaican, Haitian, Central American, and African American. I learned about shopping patterns, selling skills and buying merchandise for your customer not for your own taste. I started earning $15 a day in 1977 and by 1984 I was making $50 a day. I would save up and look forward to going to NYC, Roosevelt Field Mall, and "The Flea Market" at Roosevelt Raceway. Any one who grew up on Long Island in the 70's and 80's knows the Flea Market! I worked in the Fashion Industry before, during and after graduating from FIT. I left the fashion industry in 1989 and went into a career working for Manufacturers Hanover and Chemical Bank in the "Home" Banking Division. Back then we called it Home Banking not Online Banking. My fashion background has always been with me. Over the past 25 years I have gotten very involved with charitable efforts on behalf of many deserving organizations. My charity of choice is The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.
There is always time to incorporate giving back to society with your time and or money. I hope we are all doing something for someone else......

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back to Frozen Yogurt

After a 2 year hiatus from my blog I decided to write again..... Back to Frozen Yogurt.... I am obsessed with the "Tart" plain yogurt... Most all of us yogurt freaks know it from Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdales for many years..... There is a huge following over the years of women who eat this every day. One day, about five years ago I was at Lord & Taylor in Manhasset and there was almost a revolt. They "downsized" the yogurts. There was a new manager who decided the yogurts were way too large. Women were up in arms and needless to say the old HUGE portion sizes came back.... Then Pinkberry and Red Mango came onto the scene several years back.... Franchises have been popping up out in the suburbs for Red Mango.... I just came back from Miami and found the latest in Frozen Yogurt are Self Service Yogurt Shops. There are usually 4 or 5 machines that each have 2 flavors. You choose your cup size and fill them up.. Any flavor(s) you want. Then the toppings bar... Oh the toppings bar.... Usually upwards of 30 to 40 toppings... From assorted Fresh Fruits to Nuts to Candies etc etc.... Checkout http://yogurberry.com http://orangeleaf.com and http://www.yelp.com/biz/craving-frozen-yogurt-sunny-isles-beach ..... Also just went to Garden State Plaza in New Jersey and found another shop... A kiosk called www.16handles.com ..... Several other choices for Tart Yogurt are Haagen Dazs (they even sell it in pint sizes in the supermarkets now) Also Frogurt at Shock in Westhampton Beach and Frogurt at Yogurteria in Great Neck,,, Tasti Delite also has but not everyday... Twisted Yogurt in Little Neck is another fav!!!
I promise each one will be a delicious experience........

HAVE FUN!!! I always do....

Risa

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

President OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!

History was certainly made tonight. How wonderful it is to be an American and to be part of a new country. People rallied and saw through all the negativity and bullshit! We are a long way from the fundraiser for Barack's exploratory campaign that Jeff and I attended back in Feb. 2007. Who could have believed that day was history in the making... We have come a long way!!! The barriers have been lifted. We have an African American as our next President! Would anyone have believed this would be possible?? I am very proud that we are becoming color blind and that we are raising a younger generation who doesn't judge people on the color of their skin but on their merit and true contribution to society. G-d Bless this amazing country and all the people out there who believe in equality, justice and a chance for everyone to succeed.

Have fun! I always do! (ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW!!!!)

Risa

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Haters by Maya Angelou

I had to pass this wonderful poem by Maya Angelou along.....

A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all
their time trying to make you look small so they can look tall.
They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever
good enough! When you make your mark, you will always attract some
haters…That’s why you have to be careful with whom you share your
blessings and your dreams, because some folk can’t handle seeing you
blessed…

It’s dangerous to be like somebody else…

If God wanted you to be like somebody else, He would have given
you what He gave them! Right? You never know what people have gone
through to get what they have.

The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but
they don’t know my story… If the grass looks greener on the other side
of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there
too!

We’ve all got some haters among us! People envy you because you can:

Have a relationship with God
Light up a room when you walk in
Start your own business
Tell a man / woman to hit the curb (if he / she isn’t about the right thing)
Raise your children without both parents being in the home

Haters can’t stand to see you happy, Haters will never want to
see you succeed, Haters never want you to get the victory, most of our
haters are people who are supposed to be on our side. How do you handle
your undercover haters?

You can handle these haters by:

1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are *(VERY IMPORTANT!!)
2. Having a purpose to your life? Purpose does not mean having a job.
You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. A purpose is having
a clear sense of what God has called you to be. Your purpose is not
defined by what others think about you.
3. By remembering what you have is by divine prerogative and not
human manipulation. Fulfill your dreams!

You only have one life to live…when it’s your time to leave this earth,
you ‘want’ to be able to say, ‘I’ve lived my life and fulfilled
‘my’ dreams,… Now I’m ready to go HOME! When God gives you favor, you can
tell your haters, Don’t look at me…Look at Who is in charge of me…’

Maya Angelou


Have Fun! I always do!

Risa

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Remembering Rabbi Yossie Raichik

I was deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the very untimely passing of my friend Rabbi Yossie Raichik. Yossie did the motzi at Jake & Dylan's Bar Mitzvah in May 2007. He was a true mensch and a selfless individual who worked his whole life to help others. With condolences and deep sympathy to his wife Dina and children...May he rest in peace.



Director of Children of Chernobyl Succumbs to Illness

Rabbi Yossie Raichik, who helped rescue thousands of children from the dangers of radioactive fallout, passed away Sunday.
Chabad.org Staff
Sep 21, 2008
Rabbi Yossie Raichik, who as director of Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl project oversaw the rescue of thousands of children from the dangers of radioactive fallout, succumbed Sunday to complications from a lung infection. He was 55.

Raichik’s passing came as a shock to the tens of thousands of friends and admirers worldwide who took to reciting Psalms in the past week as the rabbi awaited a lung transplant at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital.

The son of Rabbi Shmuel Dovid and Leah Raichik – who were sent to Los Angeles as emissaries of the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory, in 1949 – Yossie Raichik grew up in a household modeled on the selflessness of his parents.

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In the years following World War II, his father tended personally to the welfare of many displaced Jews in Shanghai, China. He also resuscitated Jewish communities across North America as a roving emissary of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, and was sought after worldwide to help mediate local disputes. The father’s wisdom, humility and selflessness inspired others to sacrifice for the sake of communal and personal peace.

His mother, who was known fondly as the “Bubbe of the Golden State,” created an open-door home where titans and paupers alike felt comfortable dropping in at any time of the day or night.

The son reflected his parents’ warmth, and attracted a cadre of civilly-minded professionals with his disarming personality. He worked on Chabad of the West Coast’s now-famous Telethon prior to founding the Children of Chernobyl project.

In the early 1980s, he traveled to Iran at the behest of the Rebbe on a special mission to rescue hundreds of Jewish families.

When the Chernobyl, Ukraine, nuclear accident transfixed the world and sent a radioactive cloud across Eastern Europe, Raichik immediately turned to helping those in need. He moved to Israel in order to facilitate the airlifting of children hit hardest by the disaster.

Since its founding in 1989, Children of Chernobyl has brought more than 2,531 children and 1,757 parents from areas surrounding Chernobyl, Ukraine, to live in Israel. Recognized by UNICEF, the project has garnered the support of Hollywood filmmakers and politicians, as well as Jews worldwide who considered Raichik their personal rabbi.

This summer, the organization airlifted its 81st group to Kfar Chabad, where it provides medical treatment, special homes and assistance to adjusting to life in the Middle East.

“Since taking on the role of director of the program and until his last day, Raichik was a father not only to his own children, but to the thousands of children he helped to bring to Israel,” said Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Levenhartz, assistant director general of the Chabad-Lubavitch Youth Organization in Israel. “He traveled across the world and was away from home for long periods of time in order to bring the necessary resources to care for the welfare of the children in Kfar Chabad.”

Just last month, Raichik participated in the circumcision of a son of one of the group’s rescued children.

“He always saw the good in everyone,” added Levenhartz. “Everyone appreciated his advice and warmth.

“Moments before he was hospitalized, he used his last strengths to hug his children and dance with them.”

Raichik is survived by his wife Dina, their children, and his brothers and sisters, who serve as Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in locations across the globe.

“He was a true Chasid,” Rabbi Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi, chief rabbi of the Israeli village of Kfar Chabad, tearfully said at the afternoon funeral. “It is hard to separate from him.”

Raichik was buried at Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot cemetery.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Louis Vuitton Summer Party

It was all about style and bling at the LV Party at The Americana Manhasset tonight. The store was jam packed with a great upbeat crowd partying and having a great time while previewing the latest LV collections for Fall.... On display was the latest Monogram Vernis Alma's in all the new fall colors.. My favorite is the GM... Just right for me in jumbo size...... I like my bags BIG!!! Women's shoes for Fall are insane!!! I see several pairs of the latest platform pumps and boots in my future..... Monogramouflage is hot!!!! I think the Monogramouflage Pegase 60 will go great with my Monogramouflage Passport Case... Thanks Edie!!!

Have fun!
I always do!

RISA