November 5, 2018 - 6pm - Hilton Pearl River


Celebrate Our 11th Annual Gala


Kula for Karma

Feast, Toast, Give


2018 Gala Honoree: Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

A man who wears many hats — and shoes — Steve Madden cannot be described in one word. He is an entrepreneur, an award-winning designer, a business titan, family man, and subject of a documentary film, MADDMAN: The Steve Madden Story, on Netflix — a movie that peels back the facade of the man who built a booming brand and nearly lost it to “The Wolf of Wall Street” — only to rebound with a global empire. He’s walked the line both there and back without forgetting his humble beginnings or his core consumer, resulting in millions of adoring fans worldwide. Considered the fashion footwear mogul of the 21st century, Madden has an innate sense of what’s hot, what’s next, what’s exciting and more importantly, how this will translate to his consumer. As with fashion and design, Madden has an eye and ear for young, emerging music talent which led to the creation of Steve Madden Music — and soon followed with the launch of his music label, 5 Towns Records in 2016. 

In 1990 with a mere $1,100 in the bank, Madden swiftly followed his intuition to create the next big trend, anticipate consumer needs and subsequently deliver collections that were both cutting edge and highly saleable. Madden channeled his creative energy to produce a variety of silhouettes and vibrant styles in his Queens-based factory. Quickly his dream became reality and the Steve Madden brand was born.

November 5, 2018 - 6pm - Hilton Pearl River


Restaurants and culinary artists from all over the region will be hosting tapas-style tasting stations interspersed with wine stations for over 350 guests. The event also features a silent auction and live music with Tuesdays at Seven.

Those under the age of 30 can purchase a Young Professional ticket for $150.


If you are unable to attend the event and would like to support Kula for Karma, consider a donation to one of our Special Funds


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Culinary Sponsors

Thank you to the following restaurants for helping to make this year's Gala a delicious success!

9W caterers,Filling Station: Palisades. Axia Taverna: Tenafly. B & M Market: Park Ridge. Bareburger: Closter. Ben and Jerry’s: Ridgewood. Bici & Velo: Ramsey & Nyack. Blue MoonCafe: Wyckoff. Cafe Amici: Wyckoff. Cafe Anello: Westwood. Carousel Cakes: Nanuet. Contemporary Foods: Harrington Park. Delivering Experiences: Hawthorne. Esty Street: Park Ridge. La Promenade: Tenafly. Marcellos: Suffern. Mezza: Westwood. Om Sweet Home: Cliffside Park. Pearl River Caterers: Red Hill: New City. Red White and Pasta: Englewood. Sidewalk Bistro: Piermont. Stony Hill Inn/Sanzari's New Bridge Inn: Hackensack. The Hill: Closter. The Market/Filling Station: Palisades. Varka: Ramsey.

Event Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors for their generous contributions!


Angel: CSR Partner

Steven Madden Ltd.

Lisa Buckley
Envision Physician Services
North Jersey Brain & Spine


Advanced Recovery Systems
Dr. Ben Burton
Taran Chernin
Christian Health Care Center
Kathryn Delaney
Stacey & Alan Faske
Stewart & Tiffany Gold
Dr. Deborah Lubetkin
Donna & Evan Wuhl



Dr. Shari & Dan Becker
Jen & David Graf
Dr. Monica Meyer
O’Shea Family Foundation
Pressman Family Foundation
Dr. Larry Rosen: The Whole Child Center
Maria & John Salvatore
Dr. Mark Schlesinger & Mobeen Nawaz
Geri & Dr. Steven Topfer
Wostbrock Home



Body Positive Works
Englewood Hospital
Shirley Feiner
Peg Ficca
Stephen Greenberg
Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation
Inserra Super Markets
Caryl & Jim Kourgelis
Jill & Paul McKeon
Vicki Reisbaum
Alfred Sanzari Enterprises
Carol & Larry Seigel
Valley Hospital



Behaved Brain
Brandywine Living
Children Of Joy Pediatrics
Penni Feiner & Francois Giliberti
Adam Kaplan
Metro Eye Care
Mobility Elevator
Karen & Barry Morse
William Munn
Michele Opper & Chaye Lamm
Marla Sacks
Kathy Simmons
Sandy & Rosemarie Sorce
Vibrant Life Medicine