Fashion reinforces the cause as the Mad Hatter Charity Fashion Show was recently held on November 8, 2015, at the very exclusive panoramic ballroom in the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale. The event was organized by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This marked another successful year of raising funds to support the outstanding work done by the foundation on a daily basis. The mission of MSF is to provide vital programs and services for those affected by MS, and heighten public awareness and understanding for those diagnosed with the illness.
A fabulous luncheon made way for the gorgeous fashions shown on the runway, brought to the the Mad Hatter Charity Fashion Show by Bloomingdale’s as the retailer was eager to showcase their Best of Fall 2015 Designer Collections with top trends to look their seasonal best. “Our hats off to Bloomingdale’s and to our fashionable supporters,” said Development Director Nathalie Sloane of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. “This was one of the most delightfully heady events we’ve presented this year. We received enthusiastic response to the fanciful theme, cherished by so many who, regardless of their age, are still young at heart.” Sloane added, “While we put on many events throughout the year that receive wonderful support from the South Florida community, this event in particular is generating tremendous excitement. It was so much fun – and a gem to behold!”
There was much more fashion and frolicking in addition to the fashion show. Guests were wearing hats, as part of the theme of the benefit, designed by the very talented milliner, FeatherHeart Designs by Dannielle Kukar . Dannielle’s custom-made hats have been a media sensation, always stealing the show and never failing to draw attention to the wearer, adding that personal touch, style, and flare to wardrobes favored by fashion critics. In addition to the cool weather clothing designs and unique hats, Symphony of the Americas, Broward’s own professional orchestra and major cultural institution, put on a most memorable performance.
The honoree of the afternoon was Patrick Daoud, of Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, recognized for his philanthropic dedication to the mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Staying true to the name, Mad Hatter Cake designed by AllStarCupcakes.com, served cupcakes and tea, along with a signature drink by Pravda Vodka. Kendra Scott, the biggest name in jewelry these days, conducted a mystery jewelry pull with each box containing different varieties of jewelry. One grand winner of the luncheon’s raffle walked away with a two-night stay at iconic South Beach Gale Hotel .
If not for the gracious sponsors, being Kendra Scott, AllStarCupcakes.com, Pravda Vodka, Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Bloomingdale’s, Novartis, FeatherHeart Designs by Dannielle Kukar, Symphony of the Americas, CBIZ, MDW Insurance Group, TEVA Neuroscience, Gale South Beach, Coral Ridge Yacht Club, Emcee Lori McQuestion and Events by Vento Designs, the event would not have been fully possible.
Between the impressive guest count, exceptional gifts, elite atmosphere, distinguished fashions, talented entertainment and much more, this was an extraordinary afternoon, capped off with a greater understanding of Multiple Sclerosis and all that the public can do to assist the Foundation in making the lives of those afflicted with MS, stronger and more self-confident, attending to their most urgent needs.