Shop with Purpose: Fashion for Sandy Relief
Monday, December 10, 2012 at 12:13 AM | Alyssa MacKenzie
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Judging by the media, the rest of the country may have all but forgotten about Hurricane Sandy , but the devastation left behind by the super storm is still fresh in the memory of most of the tri-state area as those affected begin to pick up the pieces. Just Friday night we learned Obama has formally asked Congress for $60.4 billion dollars in an effort to alleviate the suffering of so many who lost so much. Although helpful and necessary this relief package will barely put a dent in the total bill Sandy wracked up, and more installments are expected as damage continues to be assessed.

But if there is one thing a travesty may teach us, it is to learn the kindness of strangers and the willingness of those who can help to help in times of great need. The Council of Fashion Designers of America, a non-profit trade organization primarily known as CFDA, and “Vogue” have teamed up to a host an online charity event via Charity Buzz. “Fashion for Sandy Relief” is a live auction boasting 51 gifts and experiences geared toward the fashionably inclined. Bid on a chance to have dinner and a shoe consult with Manolo Blahnik; meet Jason Wu, attend his Fall/Winter 2013 show and receive a free dress and bag all while staying at any St. Regis Hotel; design your own Burberry Bespoke Trench; sip tea with THE Grace Coddington in New York City and receive a signed copy of her memoir; these are just a few of the impressive items that we would love to get our hands on!

Though pricey, the value is clear. This cause is truly the heart of the matter—one that affects all Americans, all New Yorkers, and deserves our full attention. According to the website, “All proceeds raised from the online auction will go to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and to other relief organizations in the tri-state area.” So check it out! The auction is being hosted through December 18th, although some lots close as early as the 13th. Stop over today to see what you can do to help. We guarantee it’s worth the look.

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