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Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Sep 2 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Funk Monkey featuring…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us for Funk Monkey featuring members of Bonerama. more

Grammy Award-winning…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Lunchbox Lecture -…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
History remembers the American, British and Polish Paratroopers who jumped into… more

Mark of the Feminine

Sep 3 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

The Royal Sonesta's…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans presents the September Round Table Luncheon… more

We Live to Eat Kick…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
For the first time, this event is open-to-the-public and attendees will be able… more

White Glove Wednesdays

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
It's one thing to read on an exhibit label that an infantryman's pack in World… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Jazz in the Park

Sep 4 - Oct 30, 2014
Jazz in the Park returns for nine straight weeks this fall,  with a… more

Special Presentation…

Sep 4 - 4, 2014
Join us for a  Special Presentation - "Challenging Internment"… more

The Trio featuring…

Sep 4 - 4, 2014
Join us for The Trio featuring Johnny Vidacovich, Roland Guerin, John Gros. more

17th Annual Save Our…

Sep 5 - 6, 2014
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is gearing up for its 17th Annual Save Our… more

Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… 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