Where To Get Real Offer In Compromise Help July 6th, 2014

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wtaoicIf you are not coping with your tax debts, the best way to solve it is through an offer in compromise help. However, this kind of option is not granted for everyone; that is why, an individual should ensure to consider other possible options. It is important to seek a tax professional who can advice and provide legible suggestions for this mater. An offer in compromise help cannot be availed at all times but some tax professionals will help their clients if he/she is eligible. Basically, the best way to know whether you are eligible for this kind payment option is to make an appointment with the Internal Revenue Service. They have several people with them who can assist and determine whether you have a higher chance of being granted.

The website of the Internal Revenue Service can also be a great resource to know the rules and guidelines surrounding this kind of tax settlement option. They provide all the information that any individual will need so there is no reason for an individual not to know. When the offer in compromise is granted, eligible individuals have to complete certain requirements and ensure to provide all the necessary information. They are also required to pay the tax debts at a certain amount if the offer in compromise help is given by the IRS.

Getting The Right Tax Relief Services

Tax relief services are not difficult to avail if you research and find the right tax professional. Certified public accountants and certified tax lawyers are the best persons to approach in any tax disputes. Their tax relief services vary depending on their expertise but they can help you with the step by step process of dealing your tax issues. But if you are faced with a challenge of getting the best services, you can always use the internet for your reference. Most tax professionals these days have profiles in the internet, which makes it easier for you to make comparisons on their credentials and services. Just make sure to find the right person for your budget so that you can pay their professional services without adding financial burden.

When making an appointment with a tax professional, do not forget to bring the necessary documents from the Internal Revenue Service. It is important to take note on the things that you have to do so that you will be guided on your tax disputes. It can also be helpful to ask recommendations from friends or family who are familiar with the tax relief services available in your area at a suitable price. A good one is here.

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Vitamins E And D Are Helping The Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients May 26th, 2014

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vendSome studies suggest that certain food can help people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. They have shown that supplements containing vitamin E can reduce pain in joints, so it is recommended that patients with rheumatoid arthritis eat food rich with vitamin E or take dietary supplements. It is proven that some nutrients can ease the pain and fatigue. What is the best diet for rheumatoid arthritis generally speaking is not known yet, but you can try finding the one that suits you best.

When talking about supplements, you may try not only vitamin E but also vitamin D that can also be received from the sunlight. The sun is the source for this precious vitamin, so try spending at least one hour per day on sun. Of course, not on direct sun if it is very strong, but on the outside to get your vitamin D. One other nutrient you should try implementing in your diet for rheumatoid arthritis is selenium that can reduce the stiffness. Taking the fish oil and eating fish can be very helpful. Omega-3 fatty acids are good for easing the pain that occurs at RA. Some drugs that rheumatoid patients are taking may cause side effects, so these supplements may reduce their influence.

Losing Pounds May Help In Reducing Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Losing weight may help in solving some health problems. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of such cases when losing pounds may be of great help. Why is that so? If a person is overweight, that can make a pressure on bones and joints, which can make a person feel even worse, since the rheumatoid arthritis is causing pain in joints. The diet should be planned to lose pounds and also the exercise should be included into rheumatoid arthritis diet plan. Some studies have shown that people with rheumatoid arthritis who are overweight have worse quality of life than those who have normal weight. Also, these studies suggest that it is good to take supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids. These types of acids can be found in fish and in fish oil. If a person cannot eat fish or cannot take the fish oil for any reason, the solution is to take supplements. Since the rheumatoid patients have greater risk of other diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, fish oil may fight problems with heart as well. What type of food has omega-3? For example, salmon is rich in these fatty acids. But there are also some veggies that can be a good source for omega-3.

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Classifications Of Drug Rehab Centers April 12th, 2014

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drcDrug rehab centers are places where people suffering from drug addiction problems are treated. These are people who do not have any control over their intake of drugs. They tend to have developed an uncontrolled dependence on drugs, substance, or alcohol. Drug addiction does not just affect young people; it affects people from all walks of life. Teenagers, the old members of the society, the young adults, and even both genders; men and women.

Drug rehab centers are therefore, divided into a number of groups- women, men, and teenage drug centers. Women drug rehab centers concentrate on women alone. Women who suffer from drug addiction are on the increase lately. Most of them are falling victim of drug addiction through peer influence or due to conditions such as depression and pain.

Another group is the one for teenagers. Ages between 13 and 19. This is considered as the most affected group. Children at this age are more prone to drug addiction. Many of them are influenced by their peers as well as their own parents who suffer from drug addiction. Finally, there are some specific drug rehab centers which offer unique services for the men in the society who are drug addicts.

Who Needs A Drug Rehab?

A drug is described as a substance that alters the functional systems of the body. There are drugs that are used to cure diseases, but at the same time, some drugs are used to alter the system of the body functions in a different unhealthy way. This is called drug abuse and is a common occurrence with the youth who easily get influenced by their peers. Some of the categories of drugs are stimulants like nicotine and cannabis, depressants like alcohol, cocaine, morphine, codeine and heroine. There are hallucinogens like mescaline and marijuana, and lastly, solvents that include glue, petrol and paint thinner. If a user of these drugs is not taken to a drug rehab, they may develop serious complications that may end in death.

All the mentioned drugs cause drastic side effects in the user. Some of these are excitement, unclear speech, restlessness, tremors insomnia, bad breath, dizziness, confusion, agitation, blood pressure, euphoria, depression to mention just a few. In some instances, those who abuse drugs have been known to turn very violent and harm or kill their fellows. Those who get depressed too, have been known to commit suicide. Anytime a parent or a concerned party notices any strange behavior, and feels it could be a misuse of drugs, the only way out is to recommend a drug rehab. The earlier, the better.

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The Convenience Of Seeking The Services For Recover Poweredge RAID April 10th, 2014

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rprIn order to recover Poweredge RAID, you have to ensure that you do it the right way. A lot of individuals who lost their files because of a RAID breakdown attempt to fix it according to their knowledge and computer skills. However, they fall short and unsuccessfully recover the RAID, often because they don’t even have a parts diagram. They end up wasting their time and money because they have to seek a technician for this process. So if you encounter a RAID breakdown, the best thing to do is to seek the expertise of a skilled computer technician. Most of these technicians know how to recover Poweredge RAID by simply assessing the computer systems and giving solutions to it right away. But some of these technicians are not also capable of fixing complicated computer related concerns. Thus, you have to ensure that you avail the services of the right person.

Do not forget also to make comparisons of the companies. If you are able to get the right company to fix your server, it will be so convenient on your part because you do not have to buy another set of disks because the RAID is functional again and your files are retrieved.

Ways To Poweredge Perc Controller Recovery

The Poweredge Perc controller has many functions. If this is damaged due to some factors, you have to make an effort to find a company that can provide Poweredge Perc Controller recovery like Hard Drive Recovery Group. Basically, several computer technicians are available nowadays. These skilled individuals are familiar with the recovery process already and they have been exposed to this kind of work for the longest time. So if you need Poweredge Perc controller recovery, you must know where to find the right person for such concern. Try seeking online. There are several computer technicians who publish their services online. Most of them can be reached through their website while the others can be obtained through a phone call.

You can also find these individuals at social networking sites. Since there are millions of Facebook, Twitter or Instagram users, you can easily find the right technician for your needs. You can also ask recommendations from your friends or to anyone who knows where to find the right computer technician. However, make sure that you consider the opinions of others so that you can be assured that you get the worth of your money. Poweredge Perc Controller recovery requires time and money so take time to research and ask for referrals.

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Charitable Choice – Good For The System? March 12th, 2014

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Charitable choice came to life in a haphazard way. In early 1995, Carl Esbeck, a professor at the University of Missouri Law School, was preparing for a presentation on the regulation of religious organizations that receive government assistance. At the time, the only faith-based entities that were eligible for federal funding were those with arm’s-length religious affiliations, such as Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army. Such groups were prohibited from delivering religious messages and could not discriminate in the hiring of staff. Esbeck thought that eligibility should be expanded to include all faith-based providers, even those that deliver religious messages in their social programs. To make this point, he drafted legislation outlining federal guidelines that could make such an expansion possible. He passed the draft to a former student who was working for Sen. John Ashcroft, R-Mo. Ashcroft liked it and, after a few revisions, included it in legislation he introduced in the Senate that spring. It was later folded into the 1996 welfare reform legislation.

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With no big-money lobbyists or grassroots groups lining up for, or against, charitable choice, the legislation passed almost overnight, with little argument. “The debate over welfare reform was so fierce that charitable choice seemed insignificant,” says Esbeck, who is now director of the Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom in Annandale, Va. “To some extent it was overlooked.”

When welfare reform was implemented in 1997, the charitable choice provisions prohibited discrimination against religious providers bidding for welfare-to-work and related social programs. Under the new guidelines, faith-based groups may use government funds without altering the religious character of their organization but cannot use them for “sectarian worship, instruction, or proselytization.” Significantly, the groups are also exempted from laws barring discrimination in hiring on the basis of religion. If a Baptist group wants to hire only Baptist social workers, for example, it can do so.

The charitable choice provision has opened the door to hundreds of new partnerships between government and faith-based groups nationwide, and that number is growing, albeit slowly. The Center for Public Justice, an organization that favors charitable choice, released a report card in September, rating states’ compliance with the provision. It found that only 12 states had taken steps to expand federal funding to all faith-based groups, and that the majority had failed to put the new guidelines in place.

A study of nine states by Amy L. Sherman, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Welfare Policy Center, found 125 new collaborations by August 1999. Good Samaritan Ministries in Ottawa County, Mich., for example, launched a church-based mentoring program for people going from welfare to work. With the government money, it was able to recruit and train volunteers from nearly 50 churches. In Winnebago County, Ill., Partners for Hope and Health–a collaborative effort of 11 churches, the state’s Department of Human Services, and an area family-violence-prevention group–used government money to help fund its church-based summer youth programs.

Marvin Olasky, a senior fellow of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, Mich., said that religious groups are stepping forward to take advantage of charitable choice. “It used to be that religious groups thought they had to sell their souls to get government assistance,” Olasky said. “The message has gotten out to the groups that the situation has changed, that the climate is better for them. They’re finally starting to stick their toes in the water. There’s increasing enthusiasm.”

But growing criticism is tempering that enthusiasm. Although opponents of charitable choice vary, they all agree that religion and government make bad bedfellows.

Barry Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State–which, along with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League, has opposed charitable choice from its inception–says that a group’s ministry cannot be separated from its social service programs. He argues that charitable choice violates the First Amendment and that it results in religious coercion at the taxpayers’ expense.

Proponents argue that federal guidelines protect against coercion by prohibiting faith-based providers from using federal money for any of their religious components or from requiring recipients to actively participate in religious activities in order to gel services. In addition, a religious provider cannot be the sole provider of government-sponsored social services in any one area. There must be a secular alternative.

Still, in remote areas, offering secular alternatives can be difficult, and service providers aren’t required to inform recipients of their rights, said Elizabeth Coleman, civil rights director for the ADL. “Imagine a Jewish or Muslim person who needs social services having to sit through a Christian prayer in order to get what they need.”

Indeed, such conflict is already surfacing. Take, for example, the Jobs Partnership of Washington County, a consortium of churches and businesses in Brenham, Texas, that provides job training for people leaving welfare. The program, which had received substantial welfare funds from the state, includes lectures on biblical principles. Some participants felt that this component was coercive. The American Jewish Congress and the Texas Civil Rights Project filed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of the participants. That lawsuit is pending, and the program is now running with no government assistance.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the ACLU have also launched a lawsuit challenging charitable choice. In April, they sued the state of Kentucky and the Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, challenging the constitutionality of state contracts awarded to the homes. The suit is on behalf of a counselor who was fired from the homes because she is a lesbian. They argue her dismissal resulted from religious discrimination–something charitable choice permits.

Opposition to charitable choice does not come just from civil rights groups. Some members of the religious community have reservations, too. They say federal funding poses great dangers to the independence of faith-based organizations. “Charitable choice gives too much discretion to federal agencies to neuter the religious content of the programs they fund,” says Michael Horowitz, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the director of its Project for International Religious Liberty. “Over the long haul, the independence of churches will become increasingly eroded. Religious leaders will end up spending more time reading the Federal Register than the Bible.”

Despite such opposition, charitable choice is continuing to catch on in Congress and in some state legislatures. Arizona’s Legislature passed a bill that expands charitable choice to every state-funded social program. The New Jersey Legislature passed legislation that expands it to drug rehabilitation and other social welfare programs. In Congress, the concept was incorporated into the 1998 Community Services Block Grant Act, which provides federal dollars to the states for local programs benefiting poor families. And this year, charitable choice provisions were attached to four other major bills that failed to pass Congress in October.

The evolution of charitable choice appears to be as quirky as its beginning. “Normally a new idea grows for years and years before manifesting itself,” Esbeck notes. “With charitable choice, it’s the complete opposite. It just sort of passed into law. Only now is the support and opposition coming alive.”

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Don’t Smoke – Seriously March 1st, 2014

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Municipal representatives plan to meet with provincial officials to suggest they share the province’s new-found gambling revenue with affected charities. The group also wants changes in bingo regulations to make the games more competitive, such as increasing the prize board (the maximum amount someone can win). “I’m not saying our situation isn’t exacerbated by the smoking bylaw,” Mr. Galloway acknowledges, “but I think it’s clear now that that’s not a major factor.”

dssNot true, counters Brian Gilmour, president of Cambridge Bingo. Profits at Cambridge only dropped 10% after the provincially-run Mohawk Raceway and Brantford Charity Casino opened in August and October of 1999. But an informal study last fall of Gilmour’s customers found that 70% to 80% of them smoke and Cambridge Bingo revenue dropped another 25% when the regional no-smoking bylaw took effect. Revenues continue to fall. Last year the centre made $2.9 million in profit and donated $1.9 million to 90 charities, including a women’s crisis shelter, Big Brothers Society, a food bank and several minor sports teams. This year Mr. Gilmour is forecasting revenue of about $1.3 million, with $800,000 going to charity.

“I can’t continue much longer,” says Mr. Gilmour, who laid off eight of 30 staff in July. A last-gasp proposed compromise–to enclose smokers in a separate ventilated room–left councillors unmoved. “Smoking is a health issue, so just because bingo revenue is down are we going to allow people to pollute themselves or pollute other people?” asks Mr. Galloway. “To say you can start smoking again in bingo halls is saying health isn’t that important, but charity revenues are.”

Mr. Galloway says the idea of separate bingo halls for smokers is not the answer. Servers, he says, might be non-smokers, and they would still have to enter the smoke-filled rooms.

West Coast designers may have found a way to cater to smokers that even Mr. Galloway can accept. In Vancouver, where a smoking ban took effect in January, Fred’s Uptown Tavern has installed a glass booth that can isolate up to four smokers while allowing them to remain in the same room with non-smokers. But the booth is far from perfect, says Vance Campbell, vice-president of operations for the Granville Entertainment Group which runs Fred’s and two other bars in downtown Vancouver. “About 70% of my clientele smoke, so a modified phone booth won’t fill the bill.”

“Besides,” Mr. Campbell adds, “the city has not decided whether to allow alcohol in such booths.” He reports that since B.C.’s smoking ban began, company revenues have dropped 20%.

B.C.’s smoking ban was first initiated by the Workers’ Compensation Board under the guise of promoting worker health, and then taken up by the City of Vancouver in March a week after B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sunni Stromberg-Stein threw out the WCB rules. Madam Justice Stromberg-Stein said the ban posed a “significant” risk to the private economic interests of both employers and workers and unfairly forced employers to act as police. Her decision will provide ammunition for bingo hall operators in Waterloo Region, who are also suing over the enforcement provisions of the smoking bylaw (owners have to eject smokers or face fines of $5,000).

Meanwhile, some observers are asking why modern governments are so insistent on banning smoking. “The government is trying to protect people from themselves,” Mary Lou Gutscher told the 200 delegates from 25 countries who attended the July World Liberty Conference in London, Ont., last month. “It forgets that its primary legitimate role is to protect people’s rights.”

“Libertarians support the right to life and to private property,” says Ms. Gutscher, herself a former smoker. “People should be free to do what they wish with both.” But a loss of individual liberty is the price Canadians pay for transferring responsibility for healthcare to government.

“It’s their choice [to smoke] and it should be their risk,” Ms. Gutscher says. “No one else should make that decision for them.”

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Tech Goes To Bat For Charities February 24th, 2014

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The hope of a rising sense of social responsibility in the technology industry has the philanthropic world salivating. industry watchers agree that as the industry matures, its companies will assimilate with mainstream business culture, becoming both politically active and starting to give back to their communities along the way. Indeed, though the industry has long shunned the notion of government participation/interference, in mid-July it formed a Silicon Valley-based political interest group called Technology Network. Why? It realized last year that it could make a difference after the ad hoc formation of an anti-Prop 211 group in California.

bfcLikewise, it’s going to take the same realization to push technology denizens into societal contribution on any real scale. Sure, the big players have long given products to schools and the like. In fact, three of the top five givers across all U.S. industries hail from tech — IBM, HP and more recently Microsoft, says Deborah Morad, editor of Corporate Giving Watch, a newsletter published by The Taft Group and considered the benchmark for such information.

Still, of course, critics abound. At worst, they contend that tech companies are only on the list at all because they donate product and write off full market value. At best, they say this industry suffers philanthropic myopia. “Much of what we find the tech companies doing — if anything at all — is self-serving; it’s passe,” says Paul Davis Jones, co-founder of IDPR, a Boston-based firm devoted to helping businesses design and implement relevant corporate giving programs.

Davis Jones includes on that list of shortsighted activity the Smart Valley Fund, a pot several tech companies contribute to for the purpose of making life and work better in Silicon Valley, as well as the popular Micrografx Chili Cook-Off at Comdex/Fall. Both admirable, but imprudent, he says. Essentially, the problem with pooled funds (United Way included) and charity events is the disconnect — particularly from long-term goals and relationship building. Davis Jones says companies can give and receive through philanthropy.

The key is to make the giving strategic. If cause marketing — such as American Express’ Charge Against Hunger — was the gold ring of the late 1980s then “strategic philanthropy” is today’s buzz. “The benefits of strategic philanthropy are softer than those of cause marketing. [Yet] it’s a smart way to get audience even without making any pitches,” he says. And extended partnership not only procures audiences but links them with a company while maximizing the benefits to both recipient and benefactor, he says.

Take what players outside of technology are doing. “Cause marketing may be helping in the short term, but it’s not developing any type of longtime relationship — either with the customer or with targeted philanthropy groups or categories,” says Sean Fitzgerald, vp of corporate communications at Mattel. The toy company now focuses its work in three areas: education, preventative healthcare and family support programs. its newest program, a partnership with Girls Inc., formerly Girls Club of America, centers on promoting awareness of the organization and its goals. “We don’t just write a check, we get employees involved; a lot of them have expertise in child development and marketing to children.”

This kind of wholistic thinking — leveraging expertise and investing long-term in nonprofits and other projects — is trickling into tech companies. The recently initiated $100 million Oracle’s Promise foundation rockets the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company into the top ranks of U.S. benefactors and links to its technology. It’s a start, but avowing to put an NC “on every kid’s desk” doesn’t translate to a lasting relationship.

IBM, meanwhile, professes to have long realized the strategic power of philanthropy. “We do strategic philanthropy. We tie it to our business as much as possible. We use products and expertise of personnel rather than cash,” says Paula Baker, IBM’s director of corporate support plans and programs. Connecting donations to a key part of its business (the Internet), for example, IBM last year worked with the American Red Cross and CNN to produce the disaster relief web site. Emphatic on commitment, IBM in 1994 started its Reinventing Education program now in its second version.

But perhaps the most strategic aspect of IBM’s upwards-of-$100 million in philanthropy is its integration with business units. Marketing has featured programs in a few print ads and a TV commercial is in planning, Baker says. Further, the company not only gives saleable products but sometimes uses technology from R&D. Indeed, Baker sounds like a savvy field salesperson pitching her company’s solutions bent to a prospect: “We don’t just deliver boxes anymore. We say `What is your problem, let’s see if we can develop a solution.'”

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What To Look For In Drug Rehab Centers February 5th, 2014

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Presently, many people are battling with drug addiction. Children as young as 10 years old are getting exposed to drugs and drug addiction. This very sorry state needs to be taken seriously and addressed with immediate effect all over the world. This is one of the reasons why more and more drug rehab centers are being launched day and night. The unfortunate thing is that some of these centers are not fully accredited to carry out programs that break drug and substance addiction.

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It is therefore, the responsibility of the patient or family to shop around for the best drug rehab centers. You can consider various factors before settling on any drug rehab center. One, ensure that the center has enough facilities. These include accommodation, libraries, and well equipped classes. Secondly, the drug rehabilitation centers must be fully accredited and legalized by the local authority. This can be confirmed by you paying a visit to the premises to confirm whether they are registered.

The third thing you need to look for is a drug rehab center that has qualified staff. This is very important for you and your patient. A person who is qualified to offer rehabilitation programs is a guaranteed to offer quality services to you.

The Best Drug Rehab Centers For Your Family

There are lots of drug rehab centers in addition to know what to find when you’ll need one could make the distinction between success as well as failure. Treatment methods at these rehabs support individuals to conquer their physical in addition to psychological problems. Addicted persons do not have any control on the alcoholic urges after coming into alcohol reliance. Alcohol treatment centers offer healthy residing settings that will heal his or her body, thoughts and heart. Routines are generally organized according to requirements in addition to the behavior of individuals in order to accumulate his or her confidence.

The alcoholism in every modern society is actually frustrating because of its disturbing effects upon health, lifestyle in addition to the financial system. When you want craving treatment method for yourself or a family member, you will need to learn adequate concerning the drug rehab centers. It will always be anticipated that you find the appropriate support simply by choosing the proper drug addiction treatment centers. An excellent option connected with finding everything that you should know regarding the particular drug addiction handling centers is actually in the online. You will find many sites that have the site links as well as typical information regarding the particular rehab centers.

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The Stars Can’t Say No… To Charity January 28th, 2014

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With the Oscars a distant memory and Emmy nomination announcements set for July 20, award season is on its ever-shrinking hiatus. Yet requests for complementary gowns, jewels and other products and services keep coming, the cause having shifted from celebrity to charity.

scsnts“I never say no to a cause,” said Rita Watnick, an owner of vintage couture boutique Lily et Cie and one of Friday night’s honorees at the West Side Center for Independent Living benefit at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. The Beverly Hills boutique is widely credited with sparking the vintage couture craze among young Hollywood.

New and vintage Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and Halston were among the two dozen A-list designer gowns and accessories contributed to the auction and fashion show.

“I’ve always given,” continued Watnick, dressed in a Fifties Balenciega gown. “But I’ve never done anything as active as this. When WCIL said they wanted to honor me and Michael Stoyla, my partner, we said the only way we would do it is if we could give them something, like a runway show.”

The gala raised more than $80,000 and attracted such young starlets as Angela Featherstone, Rose McGowan and event co-host Jessica Capshaw, as well as their society pals, who amicably competed for donated swag from Katayone Adeli, Chrome Hearts, Flier Furs of Beverly Hills, Lena Wald, Badgley Mischka, Ghost, and many others. Even Zandra Rhodes, a part-time resident of Southern California’s seaside town of Del Mar, turned up to admire her vintage frocks at the auction and on the runway.

What isn’t offered in product donation or financial contribution is volunteered in services. Stylist Lori Goldstein, MAC makeup artists, and L.A. models delivered Friday’s fashion show. The following night, the MAC crew, L.A. and Ford Models, Graham Webb hair artists and other agencies turned out for the LA Style: Couture with a Cause production at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica.

More than 750 turned out for Saturday’s presentation, which highlighted couture from Oscar de la Renta for the house Pierre Balmain and Richard Tyler’s men’s and women’s lines, as well as ready-to-wear from Caroline Herrera. Tyler provided a gown for the live auction, held during dinner, as did William Beranek, who donated several dresses. Other participants included footwear designers George Esquivel and Jimmy Choo. Proceeds benefit Athletes and Entertainers for Kids, a youth outreach program, and scholarship fund for underprivileged students attending the Otis School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Not all charitable efforts happen under the bright chandeliers of a gala. New York-based Fashion Takes Action recruited Los Angeles-based celebrity stylist Jessica Paster, Emmy-nominated wardrobe designer Wendy Benbrook Fox, MADD TV stylist Christina Mongini and others to spend Tuesday shopping with six women for career wardrobes at Sears in Torrance. The program, created by Sears, Roebuck & Co. and partnered with the national nonprofit Women Work, assists women in transition to the workplace from homeless shelters, public assistance and situations involving domestic violence.

It’s also not a bad way to get noticed. This Sunday, local designer Alicia Lawhon will unveil her new line, AL Recycled Clothing, in a fashion show and silent auction at nightclub 360 for Friendly House, a nonprofit organization that helps women recovering from substance abuse. Lawhon, who will be joined by Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis and actress Ione Sky, is dedicating the event to the memory of her friend and Friendly House fund-raiser, Joan Ashby.

“Unless there is really public awareness for a cause these days, it is all about who participates in the charity,” added Watnick. “I know fashion is something that everyone is interested in. And they love it, everyone wants to do it now.”

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