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ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

NASA Week to Blast…

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will host a week of space exploration… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 5 - Sep 7, 2015
Ten Years Gone brings together six artists whose work engages with the broad… more

Red, White, and…

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
In a most unusual salute to Independence Day, Audubon Butterfly Garden and… more

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Jul 6 - 6, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

LIVE BAND KARAOKE…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Rock out on stage with Mixed Nuts as your band! All ages and free each Tuesday… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Quilting continues! We're excited to have more time to work on creations… more

Octavia Art Gallery -…

Jul 7 - 25, 2015
This summer, Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by Cuban based… more

Ogden Museum Book…

Jul 7 - 7, 2015
Join us at the Book Club for  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Jul 7 - 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The Sweat Social…

Jul 7 - Dec 20, 2015
Designed for wellness travelers visiting New Orleans, the Sweat Social offers… more

Gambit’s 2015…

Jul 8 - 8, 2015
Gambit's 2015 Emerging Chefs Challenge recognizes the next generation of… more

2015 Francisco…

Jul 9 - 9, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's 2015 Francisco Bouligny Lecture will… more

Langlois Girls Night…

Jul 9 - Sep 3, 2015
Bring your friends to Langlois on Thursdays or Fridays this summer for girls'… more

LIVE IMPROV WITH NOLA…

Jul 9 - 30, 2015
Improv Comedy with NOLA ComedySportz is great for all ages. The audience of a… more

San Fermin in Nueva…

Jul 9 - 12, 2015
The 9th Annual Running of the Bulls at San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is… more

Yappy Hour in the…

Jul 9 - 30, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

Friday Nights at NOMA

Jul 10 - 10, 2015
Every Friday evening, come to the museum for activities and entertainment.… more

Smoothie King Center…

Jul 10 - 11, 2015
Garth Brooks is bringing his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood to the Smoothie… more

Toast & Tiki Tails

Jul 10 - 10, 2015
Toasts & Tiki-Tails" will be held at the NO Fleas Market  during… more

ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

A Benefit To Help Find a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Cheryl Lemoine
504.782.2410
RE: "Shop Out CF"

A Benefit To Help Find a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis

New Orleans, LA — Several emerging New Orleans fashion designers are teaming up with Vernon founder Chris Galliano and Robert LeBlanc of Lifestyle Revolution Group to create a unique and meaningful shopping experience at Vernon (2049 Magazine Street) on Thursday, August 4 from 6-8pm to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. But, the true star of the evening will be the 8-year-old co-hostess of the event, Grace Rose Bauer, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Grace Rose, daughter of designer and event co-organizer Leah Milana Bauer, is sure to melt hearts when she belts out a tune for guests during her live musical performance. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Vernon will donate 20% of all sales during the event to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to aid in finding a cure for the disease. Additionally, a raffle will be held featuring fabulous designer goods with all proceeds benefiting the cause.

Participating designers include Leah Bauer for Leah Milana, Forrest Bacigalupi for ArtsKinetic, Elsa Brodmann for Ottilie Brodmann, and Michaiah Bethune for Wildlife Reserve. Guest will enjoy complimentary food and beverages courtesy of Lifestyle Revolution Group. Also, Sunny, a local interactive DJ, will be spinning tunes to keep guests motivated to "Shop out CF".

"Part of Vernon’s mission is to support worthy charities and causes, and we could not think of a better organization to partner with than Cystic Fibrosis Foundation," said Chris Galliano, Vernon founder. "It’s incredibly rewarding, to assist in raising awareness of debilitating chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, as well as funds for research to find a cure. At the end of the day, we just want to help children and adults afflicted with such illnesses to live a long, gratifying life," he added.

MEET THE DESINGERS:

Leah Milana Bauer
Event organizer, Leah Milana Bauer, is a New Orleans native who currently resides, works, creates and plays in Los Angeles. Having an intense appetite for travel and exposure, Leah started her career studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, which led to careers in both Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Leah draws inspiration from travel and indigenous cultures, flea markets, vintage stores, and always, her eight-year-old daughter, Grace Rose.

Elsa Brodmann
New Orleans native, Elsa Brodmann was born into a family that bears a long line of dressmakers. Elsa is the designer Ottilie Brodmann, a women’s ready to wear label that is exclusively sold at Vernon. The collection is inspired by 60’s film and the classic women’s silhouette of the era. Her designs are primarily dresses that are versatile and are designed for the modern working woman in mind. Pieces from her collection been worn by local celebrities, including Burlesque Stars Trixie Minx, Roxie le Rouge, and Bella Blue. She has also been selected to style New Orleans chanteuse Anais St. John for her upcoming album.

Forrest Bacigalupi
Forrest is the designer for ArtsKinetic, a jewelry collection using found objects and incorporating in varieties of necklaces, earring, and bracelets. All of his designs are produced in his studio in the Riverbend of New Orleans. His designs have been featured in several publications including New Orleans Style Magazine and Amelie G.

Macaiah Bethune
Micaiah originally hails from Detroit, MI but has made New Orleans his home with his wife Tabitha, a New Orleans native. His tie collection is sold at Vernon and he is involved with a collaborative project with Vernon called Tied Together, a campaign highlighting industry icons in New Orleans by designing ties after them, which will be sold through Vernon and will fund local non-profits.

MEET VERNON:
Named after the late Dr. Vernon F. Galliano, grandfather of founder Chris Galliano, Vernon is not your normal clothing store. Vernon is a place where you can relax, have a cup of espresso and peruse an array of fashion-forward, refined styles. Vernon, a unique men’s and women’s clothing boutique catering to the New Orleans urbanite, will showcase visually intriguing brands focusing on local and American designers. The boutique is open Sunday thru Friday noon until 7pm and 11am until 7pm on Saturday. To get a taste of Vernon on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTD06PKl1io