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12th Annual Saints…

Mar 28 - 29, 2015
The festival features panel discussions and master classes on literary topics… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Mar 28 - 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 28 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
We invite you to experience Ashé Cultural Arts Center's fourth annual… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 28 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Mar 28 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

Exploring SAORI:…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
This 2-hour weaving taster with artists Nancy Rhett and Jenny Pelc will provide… more

Hogs for the Cause

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
Eighty teams of BBQ competitors, comprised of a mix of some of the region's… more

Indy Race Day at…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for the Indy Race Day at Champions Square, featuring vintage sports… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Mar 28 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Kikuo Saito at…

Mar 28 - Apr 4, 2015
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from New York… more

Kinder Garden - Play,…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
Kinder Garden for kids ages 18 months to 5 years has moved to the last Saturday… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Mar 28 - 29, 2015
Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a couple… more

Louisiana Crawfish…

Mar 28 - 29, 2015
Enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine such as Crawfish pie, Fried Crawfish Tall… more

M.S. Rau Antiques…

Mar 28 - May 4, 2015
Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes. … more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Mar 28 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

N'Kafu Traditional…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
N'Kafu Traditional African Dance Company presents its annual concert, M'Batle… more

NOLA Food Fest

Mar 28 - 29, 2015
Sample over 50 America's hometown eats from around the country. Four blocks in… more

NOMA Egg Hunt and…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
Mark your calendars for the NOMA Egg Hunt in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff… more

12th Annual Saints…

Mar 28 - 29, 2015
The festival features panel discussions and master classes on literary topics… 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