the Prostate Cancer Foundation
Carson Kressley, Bill Nye, Mario Cantone, Don Lemon, Victor Cruz
Ian Mellencamp, Thom Browne, Joseph Abboud, John Varvatos and more
The inaugural Blue Jacket Fashion Show and Dinner was held Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Pier 59 Studios during New York Men’s Fashion Week. In partnership with Johnson & Johnson, the Blue Jacket Fashion Show benefited the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), founded by philanthropist and financier Michael Milken. Money raised will go towards funding cutting-edge research that will save, extend and improve the lives of not only prostate cancer patients but other cancer patients as well.
The Blue Jacket Fashion Show brought together the fashion, entertainment, sports, healthcare, and media worlds around a national platform to openly discuss men’s cancer issues, with an emphasis on prostate cancer. Coinciding with February’s Cancer Prevention Month and New York Men’s Fashion Week, the Blue Jacket Fashion Show included designers such as John Varvatos, Nick Graham, Joseph Abboud, Nicole Miller, Rag and Bone, Proper Cloth, Stephen F, Maggie Norris, Gustavo Moscoso, Thom Browne and Haspel who used their creative talents to “reinvent” the traditional blue blazer.
Those walking the runway wearing one-of-a-kind blue jackets included models, actors, athletes, members of the media, and business titans. Among those walking were actor Mario Cantone, musician and model Ian Mellencamp, New York Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz, TV personality Carson Kressley, science educator and host of the forthcoming Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World Bill Nye, New York Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia, New York Post’s Richard Johnson, model Alex Lundqvist, and CNN Anchor Don Lemon. Several of the specially designed jackets modeled during the show will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
The fashion show was followed by a cocktail reception and a 3-course dinner, featuring seasonal ingredients and Mediterranean inspired dishes, designed by Executive Chef Simone Cucchiara. While guests were enjoying dinner, President and CEO of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Dr. Jonathan Simons, addressed the attendees and thanked them for making it a memorable first Blue Jacket event in support of prostate cancer research and hoping to see everyone next year, making the Blue Jacket Fashion Show and Dinner a new annual event. A silent auction was also held, featuring sought-after sports memorabilia and original artworks, all proceeds benefiting the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
(Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Nicole Miller, Mario Cantone, Ian Mellencamp, Victor Cruz, Carson Kressley, Bill Nye, CC Sabathia, Richard Johnson, Alex Lundqvist, Don Lemon, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Gustavo Moscoso, Omar Sharif Jr, Jack Griffo, Lee Tergesen, Maggie Norris, Melba Moore, Meredith Ostrom, Mary Snow, Ty Hunter, Charlii Sebunya, David Barranger, DJ Xavier, Alessandro Mele, Frederick Anderson, Valesca Guerrand Hermes, Larry Leeds and Jan Haber.
About The Prostate Cancer Foundation
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. Since 1993, PCF has raised more than $698 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research projects at nearly 200 cancer and universities in 23 countries around the world. Today, prostate cancer remains the second leading cause of death in American men, with a man being diagnosed with prostate cancer every 3.3 minutes.
Despite these statistics, PCF has helped lower the prostate cancer death rate by more than 50% by funding ground breaking research with a streamlined funding model that has been replicated by leading research organizations across the country. Today, by accelerating public awareness and advancing medical solutions with more promising drug candidates in the pipeline, PCF is empowering men and their friends and families to proactively manage their lives and live longer and healthier lives. For more information about the Prostate Cancer Foundation, please visit pcf.org.
For further information on the PCF, please visit http://www.pcf.org/
About The Blue Jacket Initiative
The Blue Jacket Fashion Show is the kick-off event for The Blue Jacket Initiative founded by Frederick Anderson and Laura Miller (Anderson/Miller). The Blue Jacket Initiative is a national awareness campaign designed to demystify and create a platform to openly discuss men’s cancer issues. Anderson/ Miller is a marketing and promotion agency based in New York City.
For more information about The Blue Jacket Fashion Show, please visit bluejacketfashionshow.org