February 22, 2017 â€“ New York â€” Sailing Heals, a MAâ€“based nonprofit offering healing sails for those individuals and families facing a serious health setback like cancer, was pleased to host an exquisite evening of "Cocktails & Couture" last night at a prestigious yacht club in Manhattan. Couture/evening designers Maggie Norris of New York and Rene Ruiz of Miami created and curated a sumptuous evening of nautical-inspired day wear and evening wear for professional models and â€œVIPâ€ models who have experienced healing sails. After brief welcome comments by Sailing Heals' main hosts Trisha Boisvert, Jon Ollwerther and Helen Miller, the evening included a brief speech by Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott, who shared her story of how rejuvenating an afternoon at sea can be for those experiencing a serious injury or illness. Ms. Abbott, who also received exuberant applause on the runway when she took her turn as a â€œVIPâ€ model, founded the Heather Abbott Foundation which helps amputees thrive in their recovery and live the life they love, and is a great example of someone who can harness the healing power of community and the sea in times of need. Modern Luxuryâ€™s Fashion Director James Aguiar served as emcee for the elegant evening and several well-known philanthropists attended to show their support including Jean Shafiroff, Pamela Oâ€™Connor and Barbara Regna. Ms. Regna also hosted, modeled and showcased her own accessory collection.
Designers Maggie Norris and Rene Ruiz are giving back 20% of sales generated throughout â€œCocktails & Coutureâ€ week to Sailing Heals.
With special appreciation to Mario Gatti, Marc Joseph Salon provided hair and makeup services for the evening. Alex Soldier provide jewelry to complement the beautiful couture designs. Ike Behar provided tuxedos for the male models.
For more information on Sailing Heals, visit www.sailingheals.org.
All photos by Ben Asen.
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