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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fashion for a Cause

There's nothing better than when something as fun and glamorous as fashion can be used to better the lives of others.  I've recently learned of an incredible example of this through the The Dawson Scleroderma Foundation's benefit, Fashion for a Cause...

A few weeks ago my co-worker Kathryn shared the story of her daughter, Courtney Dawson and her brave fight against Scleroderma.  Since then, I've done research on this tragic disease, which is a debilitating and too often fatal auto-immune disease that affects 300,000 people across our country.

On October 6th, Courtney launched The Dawson Scleroderma Foundation.  This foundation not only raises awareness, but also supports people affected by scleroderma by empowering them with excitement for life and the tools to cope with this disease.

The Foundation's first event, "'Fashion for A Cause," turned out to be a HUGE success.  Taking place at Millesime at the Carlton Hotel in NYC, over 300 A-listers, influencers, media and fashionistas congregated along with founder Courtney Dawson to watch designer David Meister's fashion show styled by celebrity stylist Lauren Rae Levy and featuring The Real Housewives of New York’s Ramona Singer's Jewelry Collection.  The event was even filmed for The Real Housewives of New York (SO fun!) with all proceeds raised going towards The Dawson Scleroderma Foundation.

Celebrities in attendance included the Real Housewives of New York's: Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Simon van Kempen, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, as well as: Mega Producer and Hip Hop Artist Swizz Beatz, DJ Runna, artist Jared Evan, ANTM Jaslene Gonzalez, Nathalie Rock, actor Kevin Navayne, artist Sasha, designer Richie Rich, WBLS Radio/TV personality Egypt, former NFL player Leonard Marshall, Model/DJ Brandon Trentham,  and many more.

Enjoy the pics of this amazing event!

The Carlton Hotel
Designer David Meister and the beautiful Courtney Dawson
Swizz Beatz and Courtney Dawson
Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen
Designer Richie Rich
Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, and Alex McCord
David Meister backstage at the fashion show

Photos courtesy of Fotki

Please be sure to visit and become a "fan" of The Dawson Scleroderma Foundation's Facebook page.  Also, be sure to check the Foundation's website, which is coming soon!

xoxo A



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