Celebrities show support for the Third Annual Design Cares Fashion Event

    Design Cares event to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    Chanel Iman, Veronica Webb, Jill Nicolini and Phillip Bloch hosted the Third Annual Design Cares Event presented by Sak’s Fifth Avenue in New York City on April 30, 2009 at The Armory. Christian Siriano made a special appearance and participated in the evening’s program.   The event was graced by many famous faces including the likes of Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson, actors Lindsay Price, Jessica Gomez, Tony Sirico, Mizuo Peck and Shannen Doherty, as well as America’s Next Top Model winner, Jaslene Gonzalez, and Bravo’s New York Housewife's Ramona Singer.

    Some of the industries leading and most talented fashion designers also contributed to the nights’ success. A few of the designers who participated included: Diane Von Furtstenberg, J Mendel, Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischka, Narciso Rodriguez, Michael Kors, Albeto Ferretti and Vera Wang, among many others.

    The celebrities, fashion industry heavy hitters, and a Who’s Who of New York elite as well as St. Jude PAB members, Marilena Greig, Jude Barbera and Eunice Mazloom attended the April 30th benefit to honor Courtney, age 7, and Micah, age 8, both St. Jude cancer patients. The two young ladies have always dreamed of being fashion designers, and Design Cares made their dream of seeing their own designs grace a New York City runway a reality, thanks to the generosity of St. Jude, its donors and a literal “kaleidoscope” of fashion industry talent. 

    Through the support of dedicated sponsors, Design Cares paired Courtney and Micah with Christian V. Siriano, Project Runway Season 4 winner,  and Tian Justman, cancer survivor, former St. Jude patient and emerging talent. Christian and Tian created the patients’ sketches of evening gowns for the runway.

    It was also a thrill for 14 year-old Vivian (a St. Jude patient and aspiring model), to sport Courtney’s design by Justman. She even became a reporter for the evening as she interviewed celebrities on the red carpet for Fox 5 News.

    Both Fox 5 News and WPIX 11 News covered the event and aired clips the day of the event and the following day.

    Design Cares 2009 would not be successful in their efforts to help children of St. Jude without their gracious sponsors. This year’s sponsors include: Absolute Vodka, Allegiance Protection Group, Cardinal, Carlos by Carlos Santana, Charity Happenings, Decayenne, launchmedia:group, MAC Cosmetics, Manhattan Magazine, Nolcha, Roxanne Rizzo, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Sarar, Skagen, Sopranos Wines, Tilted Palm Beverages, Via Spiga and Warren Tricomi Haircare.


    August 2009