FASHION FOR CHARITY: For the second consecutive year, the Gold Coast Fashion Award Show — a charity fashion show and competition whose roster of past award winners includes designers like Wes Gordon, Donna Karan, Anne Klein and Bill Blass — raised $1.1 million to benefit the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
About 900 guests attended the 61st annual fashion presentation and charity event, held Wednesday at Chicago’s Revel Fulton Market. Competing designers included Wai Ming, Chris Gelinas, Nha Khanh and Michael DePaulo, who won the Gold Coast Fashion Award.
“For 61 years, guests from around the Chicago area have joined us for an evening of unforgettable fashion and, most importantly, the chance to provide brighter and healthier futures for children,” said Nicole Legere, president of the Children’s Service Board, the fund-raising division of the Children’s Hospital. “This is the second year in a row that the Gold Coast Fashion Award Show has raised more than $1 million for the patients and families of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and we are grateful for the outpouring of support from our corporate sponsors and private donors as well as the fashion community.”
The funds raised benefit the Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Division of Hematology, Oncology, Neuro-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation. The Lurie Children’s Hospital is considered one of the leading pediatric hospitals in the Midwest.