Sonja Morgan

Sonja explains why she missed Aviva's event and mourns the loss of Milou.

on Aug 20, 2012

I am so happy Aviva is getting involved with the One Step Ahead Foundation and bringing awareness to it through new friends. Its founder Amy Palmiero-Winters is also a beautiful mom who is an amputee. She has broken many marathon world records and sets an example for children through sports, helping them with their self esteem. It's a perfect fit for Aviva! If you go to their photos you can see the sports trips Amy takes and she visits the kids.

In fact, that's why I introduced Aviva to a charity I support, Rusk Institute of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. I especially like their therapeutic recreation. They have art, cooking, and music. Being a creative type I gravitate towards this kind of rehab.

Aviva told me it's where she rehabilitated when she lost her leg, so it is the perfect place to give back. At the event we raised over $340,000 in tickets and the Intimate Apparel Square Club has raised over $6 million so far. I am sure Aviva will inspire many more ticket sales!!!

Ramona is always very generous and wrote a check to One Step Ahead to support the children who need prosthetics. She puts her money where her mouth is. I have several charities that I budget for each year and find it so hard to say no to the rest. Sometimes saying no to just sharing my time is hard, so. . . I don't! Then I find myself stretched too far, but in the end it's all worth it to see the happiness on a kids face when doing the simplest of things with them -- an animal placed with a family, an artist supported, or a homeless LGBT youth protected from bullies and possible suicide!