NEW YORK — About 125 women recently gathered for cocktails, sushi and the chance to meet and listen to Christy Turlington and Trish McEvoy at Henri Bendel during a fund-raiser for breast cancer.
The “Girls Night Out” event on Oct. 10 was sponsored by the non-profit group Step Up, an organization devoted to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research and treatment. And in a crowded upper level of Bendel’s, the women listened intently as Turlington, founder and president of Nuala, touched on everything from her anti-smoking campaign and yoga to finding inspiration and living life with adventure.
“In the four-year process [of college] — I graduated at 30 — I started to learn what things in life were important to me, and yoga has helped me to learn what this is,” said Turlington, 32. “I really didn’t have a lot of time just to be a teenager. So now, a lot of my time is spent reflecting and spending time with myself.”
McEvoy, a 26-year veteran in the makeup industry, pulled a surprise move and turned all the attention on the former full-time model — declaring her the ultimate “wow” and thus reneging her chance to speak.
“[Christy] has been my idol since I was an adult,” McEvoy joked.
Earlier that evening, McEvoy said events geared around women are even more important now.
“It’s a way for women to get together and be there for each other,” she said. “It’s really important for women to listen to women.”
The guests paid $25 to attend and 10 percent of sales of Nuala and Trish McEvoy products that evening went toward breast cancer research — totaling $2,000. Henri Bendel will match that amount, for a total of $4,000 going toward the cause, a Bendel’s spokeswoman said.