Fashion Industries Guild to Honor Vera Campbell and Steve Schoenholz


LOS ANGELES July 8, 2013—The Fashion Industries Guild announced today that Vera Campbell and Steve Schoenholz will be honored at its 57th Annual Fundraiser. This year’s theme is Rock for Fashion and will be held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Saturday evening, October 5, 2013. Campbell is the president and owner of KWDZ Manufacturing, LLC, d.b.a Knit Works and Beautees. Schoenholz is the president and owner of Tempted Apparel.


Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fashion Industries Guild Congenital Heart Laboratory and the Hal Kaltman Fashion Industries Guild Congenital Heart Research Endowment in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. The funds will benefit children born with heart defects as researchers develop new, minimally invasive alternatives to open heart surgery.

Fashion Industries Guild President, Jessica Lewensztain, property manager at ANJAC Fashion Buildings, said she is “pleased and proud to honor Vera and Steve. They are both accomplished, dedicated professionals who take time from their demanding schedules to help others in need.”


Campbell has worked in the Los Angeles garment industry for over thirty years designing and manufacturing women’s and children’s apparel. Her business now caters to the tween market, creating fast fashion for girl’s sizes 4-16. Her brands are sold to department and specialty stores in the U.S. and internationally.


Committed to philanthropy, Campbell has called upon her extensive travels and education to establish a foundation dedicated to education and the advancement of women and children in third world countries and inner city Los Angeles. The Vera R. Campbell Foundation provides funding for a girls school in Kenya, a women’s health clinic and school breakfast program for 1500 children in Cambodia, transportation for orphanages in Mexico as well as a mother/daughter prison program for the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio. She recently raised money to build 150 water wells in Siem Reap, Cambodia, providing clean water to over 600 families that never before had access to fresh water.


Each year the Campbell Foundation awards a nine month residency grant to the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The grant is given to a female, post-doctoral scholar from a third world nation to study and seek solutions to problems affecting women and children. The Foundation sponsors the Graphic Arts Department at Inner City Arts in Los Angeles, enabling hundreds of teens to learn the basic skills of graphic design. Campbell also funds after school programs for Inner City Arts and the Junior Blind of America.


Campbell is on the board of the directors of the Junior Blind of America (JBA), Inner-City Arts (ICA), the School for Advanced Research (SAR) and the California Fashion Association (CFA). In addition, she supports the Jordan Mission, the L.A. Mission, Teen Line Suicide Prevention, the Cambodian Children’s Dream Organization (CCDO), the City of Hope and the Bogart Pediatric Research Program.


Schoenholz has worked in the Los Angeles garment industry for nearly forty years. He is the founder, president and owner of Tempted Apparel, a company he started in 1996. Tempted manufactures apparel for girls and juniors sold throughout the U.S.


In 1948 his father was sent from New York by United Merchants and Manufacturers to open United Factors in Los Angeles. He worked his way up through the nascent organization and built it into a mature, $4 billion company, helping to firmly establish the apparel industry on the West coast. Schoenholz attributes his desire to give back to the community and assist those less fortunate, from his family background and experience. “My father taught me the lifelong lesson of giving to others,” Schoenholz says.


Schoenholz is on the board of directors of Inner City Arts. He also supports the Boys and Girls Club of the West, City of Hope, the Harold Pump Foundation, National Jewish Health, and the Rags for Riches Foundation.


He is married to Janet Schoenholz, his partner and head designer for Tempted Apparel. They have two daughters, Kiana who is eight years old, and Keira who will be five in September. Passionate about music and looking to play whenever he can find time, Schoenholz freely refers to himself as “a good old time rock and roller.”


Now entering its 57th year of fundraising, the Fashion Industries Guild is composed of apparel industry professionals dedicated to supporting Cedars-Sinai. To date, the group has raised over $23 million dollars that have funded various projects including, the Barney Morse Rehabilitation Center, Harvey Morse Conference Center, Florence and Duke Becker Building, Ruth Bregman/Fashion Industries Guild Pediatric Health Clinic, Ruth Bregman Special Children’s Program, and Guess? Chair for Community Child Health Care. The Fashion Industries Guild has also raised money for the new neonatal intensive care unit in Cedars-Sinai’s Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center, Kenneth Weinbaum Fashion Industries Guild Pediatric Acute Care Unit, and Pediatric Neurology and Neurological Development Program.