Thursday, October 5th, 2023

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

3 West Club

3 West 51st Street
New York, NY

Honoring Shoshanna Gruss
Founder & Creative Director of Shoshanna

Grace Outreach proudly celebrates and recognizes Shoshanna for her exemplary philanthropic commitment to New York City, innovation in the fashion industry, and for serving as a positive role model for young women everywhere.

Read more about Shoshanna’s story below.

Sponsorships & Tickets

Grace Champion: $25,000

One premier table of 12 seats, prominent name or logo recognition on event invitation, email blasts, website, signage, social media recognition – and special thank you from the podium. Also: Customized volunteer day @GO for up to 15 employees.

Grace Advocate: $10,000

One preferred table of 10 seats, name or logo recognition on event invitation, email blasts, website, event signage, social media recognition – and thank you from the podium.

Grace Supporter: $5,000

One table of 10 seats, name or logo recognition on event invitation and email blasts.

Individual Ticket: $500

Note: if you cannot attend, a donation in any amount is deeply appreciated – please use form at the right.

Lauren Glassberg

Our host for the 2023 Breakfast is Emmy-award winning WABC TV journalist and anchor Lauren Glassberg.

Lauren has been a member of the Eyewitness News Team since 2000. Before coming to WABC TV, she anchored and reported at stations in Akron, Little Rock and Minneapolis. She is primarily WABC TV’s feature and lifestyle reporter. You can watch her restaurant features, called Neighborhood Eats, most Fridays during Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. She is also a frequent substitute anchor. Lauren is a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Manhattan.

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Since 2004, Grace Outreach has served women 18 and older to enhance their academic skills, pursue higher education, and find employment. Our Annual Breakfast raises the crucial funds required to support the 250+ women who will enroll in our three interrelated programs this year, as we move our graduates to higher educational goals, better career opportunities, and financial independence.

Please contact if you have any questions.

More About Our Honoree

Shoshanna Gruss is the founder and creative director of Shoshanna, her eponymous collection which debuted in stores in November 1998. Shoshanna revolutionized dress departments nationwide with the launch of her first collection. Her dedication to fitting and flattering the female body while indulging in whimsical details were a refreshing change from the contemporary offerings of the moment. Shoshanna continued to make waves in the marketplace with the launch of her swimwear collection in 2001. 

Shoshanna was born and raised in Manhattan where she honed her personal aesthetic and developed her eye for the distinctive details that have come to epitomize her collection. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with degrees in History and Art History, Shoshanna eschewed from the prescribed career path and chose to explore her interests in fashion at the ground level, working at a lingerie factory. This experience provided an invaluable education in design, fabric sourcing and garment construction. Armed with her newly acquired knowledge, Shoshanna was able to create a collection of dresses that spoke to her personal fashion frustrations.

Shoshanna continues to speak to women’s fashion needs and aspirations. The Shoshanna aesthetic has always been feminine and distinctive, utilizing bold colors and unique details. In celebration of her 20th anniversary, Shoshanna partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue to design an anniversary capsule collection for the retailer. The collection, exclusive to Saks, featured six pieces in both ready-to-wear and swimwear categories.After 20 years of dedication and innovation, the Shoshanna collection has developed a legion of fans including Mindy Kaling, Isla Fisher, Kelly Ripa, and The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The collection can be found in luxury retailers like Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, ShopBop, and Anthropologie as well as over 500 specialty stores in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. The collection can also be found on

In addition to running a successful business and raising her children, Shoshanna is also very involved in philanthropic endeavors. She considers service to the community in which she was raised to be a privilege and a responsibility. Her commitments include The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering where she has served as a chairwoman, The Blue Card, and several other New York City organizations.