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Hoping fund-raiser will help others ease the pain

From left: Fash­ion show be­ne­fit or­gan­izer Shari Field-Gold­berg (third from right) is grate­ful for the sup­port of Closet­ful Boutique own­er Nona Lynn (far right) and (from left) Salon Fu­sion’s Gia Mora, James Rug­giero, Doreen Rug­giero, Luba Gut­man and Shan­non Dis­cher (Tom War­ing)

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Shari Field-Gold­berg looks the pic­ture of health, com­plete with her styl­ish hair­cut and ward­robe.

In real­ity, she has suffered from neck and spin­al pain for years.

“You can’t see the pain on the in­side,” she said.

In March, she un­der­went a spin­al cord stim­u­lat­or op­er­a­tion after the pain in­tens­i­fied to the point she had dif­fi­culty mov­ing or rolling over in bed.

Af­ter­ward, in­spired by the care and treat­ment she re­ceived from her doc­tor and his staff, she de­cided to help oth­ers who are bat­tling neck and back pain.

The East Wind­sor, N.J., res­id­ent is or­gan­iz­ing a be­ne­fit fash­ion show for this Sat­urday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Chow­284 Bar & Res­taur­ant, at 284 E. Street Road in Feasterville. The event will in­clude si­lent and Chinese auc­tions with prizes such as art­work, gift cer­ti­fic­ates, bas­kets, cloth­ing and a cheese-tast­ing event from Prin­ceton’s Ols­son’s Fine Foods.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the door. They cost $15 per per­son, or $25 per couple. Chil­dren are wel­come. Ad­mis­sion is $5 for them.

The cost in­cludes hors d’oeuvres and non-al­co­hol­ic bever­ages.

Pro­ceeds go to the Spin­al Re­search Found­a­tion.

A cash bar and fea­tured menu are also avail­able, and cloth­ing will be for sale. Twenty per­cent of all those sales will go to the Spin­al Re­search Found­a­tion, a non-profit or­gan­iz­a­tion es­tab­lished in 2002 and headquartered in Re­ston, Va. It fo­cuses on re­search, edu­ca­tion and pa­tient ad­vocacy for people with neck and back pain.

Dr. Nirav Shah, a renowned neur­o­lo­gic­al sur­geon at Prin­ceton Brain & Spine Care, will ad­dress the crowd and an­swer ques­tions. He per­formed Gold­berg’s sur­gery.

“He’s giv­ing me my life back,” said Gold­berg, who also cred­its Dr. Ma­h­er Ibrahim, a pain-man­age­ment spe­cial­ist.

The party at­mo­sphere will in­clude a Star­bucks sta­tion and will con­tin­ue out­side with vendors, tables and a tent.

Wo­men will mod­el the latest spring and sum­mer fash­ions from Closet­full Boutique in Feasterville. Chil­dren will show cloth­ing lines from Luxaby Baby & Child in Prin­ceton, N.J.

The mod­els will have their hair de­signed and styled by Feasterville’s Salon Fu­sion, which is donat­ing 10 per­cent of sales from April 15 to May 15 to the Spin­al Re­search Found­a­tion. Makeup will be ap­plied by the artists at Feasterville’s Beauty 101.

Gold­berg, 48, who is mar­ried with two chil­dren and two stepsons, be­lieves the fund-raiser will be a suc­cess be­cause of the gen­er­os­ity of oth­ers. The show will fea­ture a mix of moms and daugh­ters, along with pro­fes­sion­al male and fe­male mod­els.

“People are so kind and con­sid­er­ate. These people are like my fam­ily. They say, ‘Any­thing for you, Shari,’ ” she said. “It’s go­ing to be a nice little show. It’s go­ing to be really cute.”

Gold­berg is a former em­ploy­ee of Closet­full Boutique, and own­er Nona Lynn is glad to par­ti­cip­ate. She’ll donate auc­tion items in ad­di­tion to sup­ply­ing cloth­ing for mod­els.

“I miss her dearly. She’s a great lady, and it’s nice she’s do­ing this,” Lynn said.

Salon Fu­sion is ad­ja­cent to Closet­full Boutique, and Lynn’s sis­ter, Luba Gut­man, is one of the own­ers. Gold­berg is a cli­ent, and Gut­man said staff and cus­tom­ers are like a fam­ily.

Gold­berg thanks Salon Fu­sion for giv­ing up a por­tion of prom sea­son to get the mod­els ready for the show, but Gut­man said she and her styl­ists are happy to be a part of the ef­fort.

“We do quite a bit of char­ity. It’s sort of part of the salon,” she said.

Chow­284 might not have a fancy ball­room or a cat­walk, but Gold­berg real­ized the res­taur­ant would be just fine for a fash­ion show while hav­ing lunch there one day with her hus­band. She hopes for a crowd of about 250.

“We’re go­ing to make it hap­pen,” she said. “I have a pas­sion for what I be­lieve in.”

Chow­284 own­er Scott Mar­tin, whose res­taur­ant — the former site of Inn Flight and Wink Walk­er res­taur­ants — has been open a little more than a year, has been in­volved with oth­er char­it­able ef­forts, but noth­ing like the up­com­ing fash­ion show.

“Shari came in with a cause and quickly won me over,” he said. “She’s do­ing an in­cred­ible job. Every­one is on board and really ex­cited about it. It’s a feel-good story.”

Gold­berg hopes to raise a nice sum of money for the Spin­al Re­search Found­a­tion, and she’s cau­tiously op­tim­ist­ic that she can lead a mostly pain-free life.

“I’m alive, and I have my whole life ahead of me,” she said. ••

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A really big show …

Shari Field-Gold­berg is plan­ning a char­ity fash­ion show for Sat­urday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Chow­284 Bar & Res­taur­ant, at 284 E. Street Road in Feasterville.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the door. Adults pay $15 per per­son, or $25 per couple. Childen pay $5. Ad­mis­sion in­cludes hors d’oeuvres and non-al­co­hol­ic drinks. A cash bar and full menu will also be avail­able.

Pro­ceeds go to the Spin­al Re­search Found­a­tion. All con­tri­bu­tions are tax de­duct­ible.

Con­tact Field-Gold­berg at 617-872-3240 or shar­i610@ya­hoo.com, or call Chow­284 at 215-357-9988.

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