Kapor, Mangel Honored by Fashion Industries Guild, Weinbaum Stepping Down as President

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will honor Jeffrey and Betsey Kapor and Jay and Kathi Mangel at the group’s 56th annual fund-raising gala on Sept. 22 in Beverly Hills.

Jeffrey Kapor is a shareholder with Buchalter Nemer and chairs the firm’s Apparel Practice Group. A 30-year industry veteran, he represents manufacturers, importers, retailers, licensing companies, converters, textile mills, factors and banks. In 2004, he received the Sprit of Life Award from the City of Hope and, in 1999, the Humanitarian Award from the Council of National Trustees for the National Jewish Health Medical and Research Center.

Jay Mangel is a partner with Crowe Horwath LLP Audit Practice, a company formed in 2008 when Crowe Horwath joined forces with Grobstein Horwath and Co., where Mangel was managing partner. He also has been in the apparel and textile industry for more than 30 years and serves on the board of Inner City Arts and the Fashion and Retail Group for the City of Hope. Jay Mangel also received the Council of National Trustees for the National Jewish Health Medical and Research Center’s Humanitarian Award in 2002.

Composed of apparel-industry professionals, the Fashion Industries Guild has raised more than $22 million over the course of its 56-year history. The group has funded the Barney Morse Rehabilitation Center, the Harvey Morse Conference Center, the Florence and Duke Becker Building, the Ruth Bregman/Fashion Industries Guild Pediatric Health Clinic, the Ruth Bregman Special Children’s Program, the Guess? Chair for Community Child Health Care, the neo-natal intensive-care unit, the Pediatric Neurology and Neurological Development Program and the Kenny Weinbaum Fashion Industries Guild Pediatric Acute Care Unit.

Proceeds from the Sept. 22 gala will benefit the Fashion Industries Guild’s endowed fellowship in pediatric neuromuscular diseases at Cedars-Sinai. The fellowship, which will honor Diana and Steve Marienhoff, will “allow the department of pediatrics and Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute to investigate and develop new treatments for devastating neurological diseases affecting children, including spinal muscular atrophy, cerebral palsy and epilepsy,” according to the Fashion Industries Guild.

“It is because of the hard work and dedication of people like the Kapors and Mangels that the Department of Pediatrics at Cedars continues to be on the cutting edge of the medical community,” said new Fashion Industries Guild President Jessica Lewensztain, property manager at Anjac Fashion Buildings. Lewensztain is taking over as president from Ken Weinbaum, who is stepping down after 19 years in the position.

The event will be held at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Steve Marienhoff at (213) 627-2151 or Eileen Ellis at (818) 704-1853.—Alison A. Nieder