The Purple Event

Hosted by TV personality and interior designer Jillian Harris, The Purple Event took place in September 2009 during New York Fashion Week. The evening of designer fashions and musical guests, including Elliott Yamin of American Idol, benefited the 5th grade epilepsy education program.

Over sixty designers showcased custom pieces and pieces from their collections, including Ina Soltani, Jaeger, Lauren Conrad, Elie Tahari, Max Mara, Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller, Michael Kors, Project Runway winner Leanne Marshall and one of First Lady Michelle Obama’s favorite designers, Maria Pinto.

Celebrity guest models included actors Ana Ortiz and Mark Indelicato of hit series Ugly Betty; honorary event co-chairs Alan Faneca of the New York Jets and his wife Julie; Real Housewives of New York City star Alex McCord; Kelly 'Isabella' Falk of America's Next Top Model cycle 12; and New Jersey Net Devin Harris.

Following the show, runway looks were auctioned online with all proceeds going toward expanding the 5th grade Thinking About Epilepsy program offered free to schools across the United States.


Purple Champions

Purple Educators
712 Investment Group Foundation of Merrill Lynch
Dr. Peter and Mary Ruth Beaumont
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

Purple Partners
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sanborn
UCB Pharma

Purple Advocates
Dr. Blanca Vasquez
Mr. Zachary W. Sanborn
The Rothbein Family
Mr. Benjamin Whitfield

Purple Friends
Art of Beauty
Herbert Spiegel
Lakeland Bank
Rozanne Gold
W Hotel Hoboken


AAA Communications
AJ Casey LLC for Beverly Feldman
AirTran Airways
Andrew Marc
Anna Thiessen Photography
Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa
Bettye Muller
Blue Smoke
Blue Tree
Buckingham Hotel
C. Greene Jewelry
Canyon Ranch
Christopher English
Clyde Ray Brual
Corner Bakery and Café
Crowne Plaza Times Square
Diane Lechter for LOBES
Eleven Madison Park Restaurant
Fairway Market NYC
Fairytale Brownies
Fiji Natural Artesian Water
Frangos Nikolas Hand Made Jewelry
Greg Kitchen
Herban Essentials
Illy Journelle
Julio’s Fancy Fruit
Kimpton Hotels
Lauren Merkin
MAC Cosmetics
Manhattan Parking
Mercura NYC
Michael Kors
Monte Marfilius
Moore Brothers Wine Company
Mr. Joel Werner
Nine West
Olsen Haus
Pretty Little Things NYC
Ritzy Misfit
Roosevelt Hotel
Satya Jewelry
Smorgas Chef
Solo Restaurant
Southwest Airlines
Tate’s Bake Shop
The Clothes Coach
UNVOGUE Magazine
Walt Disney World
Wendy Mink Jewelry
Whole Foods

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