N.O. Fashion Event of the Summer Aims to Stamp Out Heart Disease




NEW ORLEANS, LA (May 22, 2014) – Couture for a Cause – A Fashion Affair for the Heart is set to take place on Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the popular special events venue and lounge, Eiffel Society. A VIP reception will begin the evening at 7:00 pm. The eagerly anticipated fashion event of the summer is being presented by two local women in business, Shirah Ray and Tiffany Magee. The production will benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). 

According to the AHA, heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans, taking the lives of 811,000 annually. Magee and Ray, who are well-known in the community for their philanthropic involvement, both lost their fathers to heart disease and they are thrilled to lead these efforts to raise awareness and promote prevention.

Fashion and beauty are innate to these two driven entrepreneurs and Louisiana natives. Magee, former state director of the Miss Black USA pageant and now CEO of her own company, Manager Extraordinaire, an event logistics and management company, along with Ray, boutique owner, wardrobe consultant and style therapist, are combining their expertise to create a fete that the city of New Orleans will not soon forget.

Ray, known to many as “The Queen of Scene”, will feature timeless and elegant clothing from her retail store, David Lee’s Boutique, named for her late father.

Adding to the innovative presentation, three notable and up-and-coming local designers will show their latest collections. New Orleans native Tabitha Bethune will show gowns from her Broadway-inspired La Playbill collection. John Joseph Delgadillo will present his Cutting Edge Diva collection. Jewelry and accessories will be provided by Ko’fetche by Korebel of Metairie. Lead Make-up Artist, Monique of GetMade Cosmetics and official make-up sponsor, POW Cosmetics round out the lineup for a production which promises to be polished, smart and above all, glamorous.

“These designers are amazing and making their presence known in the New Orleans fashion community,” said Ray. “Our guests are in for a treat!”

The event has already garnered media attention, with event organizers appearing on Sheba Turk’s “The 504” for a sneak-peak preview as well as a WYLD interview, among others. Attendees can expect a first-class red-carpet entrance as they are greeted and interviewed by fashion blogger, radio personality and owner of My Classy Closet, Paris Hatcher.

Tickets for the fashion show are now available online at coutureforacauseheart.eventbrite.com or at the following two locations: David Lee’s Boutique, 1145 W Airline Highway, LaPlace, LA and Simply Divine Full Service Salon LLC., 306 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA. Cost: $40 for general admission and $75 for VIP.

Event organizers are also currently seeking corporate sponsors. To learn more about Couture for a Cause – A Fashion Affair for the Heart or to become a sponsor, contact Tiffany Magee at tiffanydmagee@gmail.com.

For more information about the American Heart Society, visit heart.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1.

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