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Michelle Taubman is a charity correspondent for Ask Miss A. She is passionate about fashion, healthy living, writing, non-profit, and inspiring others. Her mottos to being successful are the two B’s, always “be yourself “ and “believe in yourself.” Without these two fundamentals she would not have had the courage to go off on her own and form her own consulting business in 2011, formerly known as Tru Beauty Consulting and today is called The Frugal Fashionite www.frugalfashionite.com. Due to the popularity of The Frugal Fashionite, she has recently expanded into the health market, launching another brand called Zen On A Plate, www.zenonaplate.com. Both blogs allow Michelle to consult and partner up regularly with companies that need media and communication services in both areas of interest. She also holds a New York Real Estate license where she works as an agent helping buyers and sellers find properties in NYC.

When she is not writing away or finding a space for others to call their home or office, she can be found working out, reading, doing yoga, traveling, cooking, exploring new places in NYC, and being outdoors. She received her Bachelors of Science from Miami, OH, and her favorite experience in college was studying abroad in Luxembourg which gave her not only the opportunity to travel among to ten countries, but see the world from a different lens. One day she hopes to set up a non profit foundation with her brand Zen on A Plate that will provide hunger relief to those in third world countries or assist lower income families in the US that don’t have the means to properly feed their kids the best nutrition.

Recap: Plant Empowered Summer Benefit 2015 at GustOrganics

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 7 p.m., Plant Empowered held it’s first summer benefit at GustOrganics to raise money for both Mercy for Animals and The Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore . Over 100 advocates for animal rights, healthy living, and veganism attended to support both of these causes. Guests were greeted with light appetizers and cocktails, and then shortly after were welcomed by founder of Plant Empowered Aimee Batuski.

The plant decor on the food being served to embrace the plant based diet theme

The plant decor on the food being served to embrace the plant based diet theme (Photo Credit By Derrick Goodwin @ http://www.derekpashupagoodwin.com)

The Emcee Jane Velez-Mitchell opened up the night with a powerful speech that directly impacted the whole audience. She began with the horrifying statistic that over 9 billion innocent animals are slaughtered in the United States every year for food. She said, “ Not only being vegan is the healthiest diet, but it’s the best for the carbon footprint and getting rid of world hunger.”

Emcee Jane Velez-Mitchell Speaking passionately about Animal Rights and being a Vegan

Emcee Jane Velez-Mitchell Speaking passionately about Animal Rights and being a Vegan (Photo Credit By Derrick Goodwin @ http://www.derekpashupagoodwin.com)

Other key honorees for the night included health Presenter Robert J. Ostfeld, MD, Animal Rights Activist Cody Carlson , Fashion Designer Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart and Vegan Activist  Jasmin Singer.

In between presenters Gusto Organics served gourmet plant dishes which included a three course entrée with a fantastic dessert to satisfy any sweet tooth! Guests were given several options for entrees from kale salad, risotto with tofu, and vegan ravioli.

2nd Course Entree Option of Quinoa, veggies, and teriyaki sauce at the Plant Empowered Benefit 2015  (photo credit by by Derek Pashupa Goodwin @ http://www.derekpashupagoodwin.com)

2nd Course Entree Option of Quinoa, veggies, and teriyaki sauce at the Plant Empowered Benefit 2015 (photo credit by by Derek Pashupa Goodwin @ http://www.derekpashupagoodwin.com)

One part of the gala focused on Animal Rights highlighting the importance of organizations like Mercy for Animals. This organization is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policy. Jasmin Singer’s presentation zeroed in on this area, and  she said, “In order to create change for animals there needs to be a multi-prong approach. She shed light that every second in the United States 286 animals are killed. She stressed that the law for these innocent animals won’t change without a shift in societal attitudes.”

Jasmin Singer's Presentation at the Plant Empowered Benefit 2015  (photo credit by by Derek Pashupa Goodwin @ http://www.derekpashupagoodwin.com)

Jasmin Singer’s Presentation at the Plant Empowered Benefit 2015 (photo credit by by Derek Pashupa Goodwin @ http://www.derekpashupagoodwin.com)

The theme of “change” resonated throughout the night in all speeches. Particularly in former model turned designer Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart’s presentation she said, “We are capable of creating change with what we eat, wear, and have the choice of  how we interact with the world or we can operate within the confines of corporate entities and commercial structures.” The theme of change was also heard in Dr. Robert J. Ostfeld’s speech, founder and director of Montefiore’s Cardiac Wellness Program, which is a nutrition-centered program for the management of cardiovascular disease to those who can’t afford the proper treatment, nutrition and food plan to better their health. The program aims to prevent and reverse heart disease with a whole food/plant-based diet. He said, his patients primarily those from the Bronx have cried tears of joy because they feel a complete transformation from The Cardiac’s nutrition program, and did not know they can feel so good and happy.”

Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart presents at the Plant Empowered Benefit 2015 (photo credit by Derrick Goodwin http://www.derekpashupagoodwin.com)

Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart presents at the Plant Empowered Benefit 2015 (photo credit by Derrick Goodwin)

Robert J. Ostfeld, MD, Speaks at the Plant Empowered Benefit 2015 on the benefits of a plant based diet and how his program has transformed cardiovascular disease (photo credit by Derrick Goodwin @ http://www.derekpashupagoodwin.com)

Robert J. Ostfeld, MD, Speaks at the Plant Empowered Benefit 2015 on the benefits of a plant based diet and how his program has transformed cardiovascular disease (photo credit by Derrick Goodwin @ http://www.derekpashupagoodwin.com)

The all-star line up for the night came came to a close with a poetry performance from Mental Health Expert and leading Motivational Speaker Hakeem Rahim. Truly a captivating performance and his poetry, “Motivation falls at the waist side the days that test your love, compassion, have go reach down to …fate is easy from the arm chair to come, show your bruises and scars which show a true character…” was warmly received by attendee’s standing ovation.

Hakeem Rahim gives a captivating performance to close the presentations at the Plant Empowered Summer Benefit for 2015 (photo credit by Derrick Goodwin @ http://hakeemrahim.com)

Hakeem Rahim gives a captivating performance to close the presentations at the Plant Empowered Summer Benefit for 2015 (photo credit by Derrick Goodwin @ http://www.derekpashupagoodwin.com)

A silent auction followed, and healthy goodie bags in Trader Joe’s signature bag as a souvenir for the memorable night which had raised over 14,000 dollars.

The gift bag from the Plant Empowered Benefit given to guests as souveiner to remember the event (photo credit from www.zenonaplate.com)

The gift bag from the Plant Empowered Benefit given to guests as souvenir to remember the event (photo credit from www.zenonaplate.com)

 First course option of Veggie Maki at the Plant Empowered Benefit 2015 (photo credit by www.zenonaplate.com)

First course option of Veggie Maki at the Plant Empowered Benefit 2015 (photo credit by www.zenonaplate.com)

Third Course Entree Option of Kale salad with vegan herb tofu cheese, pine nuts, and a citrus vinaigrette (photo credit by www.zenonaplate.com)

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Guests at the sit down dinner listening and clapping at presenters at the 2015 Plant Empowered Benefit Gala (photo credit by Derrick Goodwin @ http://www.derekpashupagoodwin.com)

Vegan Tiramisu for a dessert option at the 2015 Pant Empowered Benefit (photo by @ www.zenonaplate.com)

Vegan Tiramisu for a dessert option at the 2015 Plant Empowered Benefit (photo by @ www.zenonaplate.com)

Charity Correspondent and Blogger Michelle Lynn  Taubman reporting for Charity Meets Style on The Plant Empowered Benefit (photo credit from brand www.zenonaplate.com)

Charity Correspondent and Blogger Michelle Lynn covering The Plant Empowered Benefit for Charity Meets Style (photo credit from brand www.zenonaplate.com)

Social Media Links:

http://www.plantempowered.com/events/

https://instagram.com/plantempowered/

https://www.facebook.com/PlantEmpowered

https://twitter.com/plantempowered

http://www.montefiore.org/cardiacwellnessprogram

https://www.facebook.com/montefioremedicalcenter

https://twitter.com/montefiorenyc

http://www.mercyforanimals.org

https://www.facebook.com/mercyforanimals

https://twitter.com/mercyforanimals

http://mercyforanimals.tumblr.com

https://instagram.com/mercyforanimals

https://www.pinterest.com/mercyforanimals/

 

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