Isabel Alyssa (Photo: FCA)
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Fashion forward: Nonprofit caps Women’s History Month with breakfast and fashion show

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Sol Marie Alfonso-Jones (Photo: FCA)

A Long Island nonprofit is closing out Women’s History Month with an event honoring two influential women.

Family & Children’s Association, a Garden City-based health and human services organization, will hold its third annual Long Island Women in Philanthropy event at The Lannin at Eisenhower Park on Thursday, March 28. They will be honoring Isabel Alysa, entrepreneur and CEO of fashion brand Dolce Glow, and Sol Marie Alfonso-Jones, program director for Long Island Community Foundation.

“These women are past, present, and future heroes, striving to help each other achieve their potential and strengthen themselves and others within the community,” FCA President and CEO Jeffrey L. Reynolds said in a written statement. “This event was created to inspire a sisterhood of women, to help FCA continue to grow, and serve the Long Island community.”

Alysa, a survivor of childhood trauma, worked in a Los Angeles tanning salon before developing her product Dolce Glow and growing her business into a beauty empire, boasting such names as Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez among her clientele. Today, her products are carried in major retailers like Ulta Beauty and Nordstrom, and are available online as well.

Alfonso-Jones manages competitive grantmaking programs for education, youth development, and community and economic development for FCA. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for more than three decades, her experience is crucial for leading the foundation’s strategic initiatives, which address such issues as advancing fair and affordable housing, improving the performance of minority-owned small businesses, and developing regional solutions to racial and economic inequities.

The all-morning event begins with breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by a fashion show with clients, volunteers, and staff walking the runway and speaking about the impact FCA has had on their lives. Volunteers from Sewanhaka High School’s cosmetology program will be assisting with the fashion show.

A women’s market will be held before and after the program, featuring a wide variety of products from local women-owned businesses.

Family & Children’s Association is a nonprofit human services agency helping thousands of Long Islanders each year. The organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families, and communities on Long Island for over 140 years.

For more information about the Long Island Women in Philanthropy third annual breakfast and fashion show, visit

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