Health & Wellness

Westfield Area YMCA’s 5K Run for Everyone Starts on the Catwalk at Lord & Taylor

Ann Marie Chimento is all smiles on the runway at Lord & Taylor Saturday night.
Caitlin Madden gets ready for her photo shoot before taking a walk on the runway. Credits: Linda Condrillo
(l to r) Patrick Martin and John Chironna before the walk on the runway. Credits: Linda Condrillo
Credits: Linda Condrillo
Models at the event had their headshots taken by a professional photographer.
Y staff member Joleen Hatzisavvas (left) in a Miss Selfridge strapless black jumpsuit and Lord & Taylor's personal shopperMadeline Gerris share some laughs. Credits: Linda Condrillo
Lord & Taylor's beauty consultants made sure the models were fashion ready.
Staff, volunteers and supporters left to right: Cindy Cooke, Bonnie Cohen, Madeline Gerris, Jill Koerber, Marla Itzkin and Greg Hatzisavvas Credits: Linda Condrillo
Recreation Therapist Jill Koerber with Melanie Werner of Westfield and Isabella Lagno of Hoboken. The teens attended the event to cheer their friends who were modeling in the show.
"Model Employee"Jelena Mihailovic of Contemporary handed out iced sugar cookies with the "Highline" logo.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Young adults from the Westfield Area YMCA’s Dragonfly program along with members of the Devilfish and Flyers walked the catwalk Saturday night at Lord & Taylor on North Avenue.  The event attracted a crowd of friends and family who came to cheer on the models.

“The Westfield Y has always had a great relationship with Lord & Taylor,” Greg Hatzisavvas, senior director of member wellness & engagement, said. He noted that Jennifer Lane of the flagship store orchestrated the event  with a team of sales associates, volunteers and staff from the Y.

Lord & Taylor will donate 5 percent of purchases made Saturday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., with the proceeds going the Y in support of the 5K Run for Everyone, which supports the Y's Dragonfly program for young adults with special needs.

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Recreation Therapist Jill Koerber works with the Dragonfly participants, ages 18-26. Koerber focuses with them on basic social skills, activities like cooking and physical activities including boxing and dancing. Beaming with pride about how lovely, as well as brave the models were,  Koerber noted that the looks on their faces were “priceless” after having their hair styled and makeup applied by the cosmetics department.   

“For a great number of the approximately 20 Dragonfly members, tomorrow’s event will be their first 5K,” she said. 

The icing on the cake at the end of the evening was a generous delivery of of Gi-Gi's cupcakes. 

The 5K Run for Everyone begins Sunday at 11 a.m. in front of the Main Y Facility, 220 Clark St. Registration is available the morning of the race.

A free family fun event is planned immediately after the run from noon until 1:30 p.m.  Families are invited to to enjoy family swim in the pool, listen to live music by RMC Studios and have fun in the inflatable obstacle course, bounce house and sports games in the gym.

For more information, click here. is proud sponsor of the 5K Run for Everyone. 

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