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STAMPING OUT HEART DISEASE WITH A STYLISH AFFAIR

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New Orleans fashion scene continues to grow and continues to give back to nonprofit organizations in grand style. Couture for a Cause – “A Fashion Affair for the Heart” is no exception, as it brings fashion aficionados together to enjoy a fashion show while benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA).

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This talked about fashion event of the summer is being produced and presented by two local business women, Tiffany Magee and Shirah Ray. Both ladies are well-known in the community for their philanthropic involvement, Magee and Ray are thrilled to lead this effort for the AHA as the national organization has special meaning for them. “Both of our fathers died of heart attacks at a very early age and we would love to raise at least $2,500 for the AHA. As well as use this event as an opportunity to raise awareness and promote the prevention of heart disease” stated Magee. According to the AHA, heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans, taking the lives of 811,000 annually. For more information about the American Heart Society, visit www.heart.org.

Fashion and beauty are innate to these two driven entrepreneurs and Louisiana natives. Magee, former state director of the Miss Black USA pageant and now CEO of her own company, Manager Extraordinaire, an event logistics and management company. Along with Ray, boutique owner (David Lee’s Boutique, named for her late father), wardrobe consultant and style therapist. The ladies are combining their expertise to create a fete that the city of New Orleans will not soon forget. "I'm proud to partner with an organization that's committed to saving lives. This is sentimental for both my family and me,” said Ray.

The high-end women’s clothing store is located in LaPlace will provide ready-to-wear fashions and accessories in the runway fashion show. Also featured on the runway will be two notable New Orleans based fashion designers that are renowned in the Southern fashion circle and beyond. New Orleans native Tabitha Bethune will show gowns from her Broadway-inspired La Playbill collection. John Joseph Delgadillo will present his Cutting Edge Diva collection. Debuting her jewelry and accessories with the designers fashions will be local jewelry designer Ko'fetche by Korebel.

The fashion affair takes place Thursday, June 12 at Eiffel Society. Doors 8PM / VIP reception 7PM. Attendees can expect a first-class red-carpet entrance as they are greeted and interviewed by fashion blogger, radio personality and owner of My Classy Closet, Paris Hatcher. Dress to impress and show your support for AHA and love for fashion by donning on your most stylish red outfit and be a part of “Couture for a Cause”.

Tickets for the fashion show are now available at coutureforacauseheart.eventbrite.com or visit David Lee's Boutique, 1145 W Airline Highway, LaPlace, LA and Simply Divine Full Service Salon, 306 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA. Cost: $40 for general admission and $75 for VIP.

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