A Charitable Impulse Gone Astray

Rich people have every right to do whatever they want with their money, but some of them are so out of touch with the real world that what they choose to do with it is ridiculous. So while the Bill Gateses of the world are off trying to free other countries of malaria and improve public education at home and more, the New Yorker earlier this year told the story of a rich New York City woman who…

…works to find high-end designer clothing for female students at the Manhattan School of Music.

“They didn’t look good when they came on stage,” the woman told the New Yorker. “They were wearing pleated things and dresses that didn’t fit them right, or they were too buxom and showing too much. I just saw a need that I could fill.”

musicianSo determined, and apparently not at all concerned about the ability of these women, to, say, pay their tuition or have a decent place to live and enough to eat in such an obscenely expensive city, she canvassed her wealthy pals and before she knew it she was overrun with donated Valentinos, Oscar de la Rentas, Carolina Herraras, and more. She then started buying high-end clothing for student performers at Bloomingdale’s – surely you knew she wasn’t going to shop at J.C. Penney – and then lined up a tailor to adjust the garments at no charge to the students.

With all those people out there who can’t read and don’t have enough to eat and can’t afford a doctor when they’re sick commanding most of the attention of people’s charitable impulses, it’s refreshing to know there’s someone with a broader vision who understands that life’s not all about eating, reading, and good health and who’s willing to roll up her (designer) sleeves and pitch in and lend a hand to poor, unfashionably dressed conservatory students.

You can almost picture the telethon: “Let’s do it for … the violinists and the mezzo sopranos!”

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