Couture for a Cure 2018

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Couture for a Cure 2018

October 11 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for a runway fashion presentation by Leigh’s and a personal appearance by designer Lourdes Chavez along with an exclusive preview of her Spring ’19 collection. Hats from milliner Christine A. Moore will compliment Chavez’s designs during the presentation. Experience Artistry’s new products and on trend looks at the Artistry Beauty Bar and on the runway. All proceeds benefit biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute. Complimentary valet parking available. Cocktail attire suggested. 

Guests are invited to Leigh’s on October 12 for a Christine A. Moore pop-up shop where they can purchase hats for the upcoming Hope on the Hill Gala — Run for the Roses.


Registration      Sponsorship – SOLD OUT


Ticket Details and Seating Map

Designer — Lourdes Chavez

Milliner — Christine A. Moore

Chance Auction


Please, note there are several seating options for Couture for a Cure. Click on the image to view the seating chart. The following options are available through registration:

General admission: Located in the second, third and fourth rows along the runway. Please note, reserved seats are not available for general admission. Tickets $100.
Reserved riser: Located in the riser sections at both ends of the runway. Reserved with guest names. Please note, only a limited number will be sold. Tickets $150.
VIP: Located in the first row along the runway and in the riser sections. Reserved with guest names. Please note, only a limited number will be sold. SOLD OUT.


Lourdes began designing beautiful clothing after her graduation from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising specializing in couture design. Lourdes was born and meant to be a designer but is equally a talented pattern maker and sewer which serves to enhance her entire process. Her career began with two prestigious houses in Los Angeles but her true talent and creativity blossomed when she opened her own house in December of 1997. Lourdes has been creating amazing designs with each collection and developing into a world class designer who has been honored and received numerous awards by the State of California, City of Hope, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and the Fashion Group International to name a few. Today, Lourdes Chavez is a multi-million dollar company with accounts at the finest specialty stores and boutiques in the nation.



Established in 1994, Christine A. Moore MIllinery is based in New York City on 34th Street between the Fashion and Accessories districts. Although Christine designs a wide range of women’s and men’s collections, she is best known for her explosive racing styles for the Kentucky Derby, two of which are in the Kentrucky Derby Museum. In 2009, she partnered with Churchill Downs and Mattel to design the official Barbie Derby hat. Her hats were used in the 2009 official Kentucky Derby poster. She has designed both the Oaks and Derby hats for Kentucky’s former first lady Jane Beshear, and Preakness hats for the past two mayors of Baltimore. Christine has been on the “Today Show” live from Churchill Downs six times, where NBC calls her the “milliner to the triple crown.” Her hats have graced many magazine covers including InStyle with Katy Perry and Vanity Fair with Jennifer Lopez, to name a few. Her hats have been on many television shows including, “Nashville,” “Gossip Girl,” “The Carrie Diaries” and “Horseplayers.”

Artistry Supreme LX Regenerating and Eye Crèmes – Value $560

Cheeky Strut Gift Basket – Value $300

“Everywhere 107” Fine Art Canvas Luna Print by Ann Teliczan – Value $1,250

Leigh’s Shopping Experience – Value $700

Leigh’s will treat you and three friends to an exclusive in store experience, first including skincare consultation, makeup application and refreshments. Next, you will meet with Leigh’s Merchandise Manager, Deb Clark, for a private overview of the season’s hottest fashion trends and how they can be interpreted into your own style. Leigh’s has also included 4 – $100 gift cards in this package. They will be giving back 10% of your group’s purchases to Van Andel Institute. To complete the experience, enjoy dinner at any Gilmore Collection restaurant with an $100 gift card.

Lourdes Chavez Custom Piece – Value $2,750

Modern Day Floral Experience – Value $1,500

An ultimate home dinner experience: certificate for fresh floral, rental linens, rental chairs, rental tablescape and candlelight, etc. included.

Renewal Skin Spa Salt Facial Package – Value $250

“Shades of Purple” Floral Hat by Christine A. Moore Millinery – Value $750

Siren and Proper Gift Basket – Value $1,225

Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information or to become an event sponsor.

Presented By

Title Sponsor

Hairstylist Sponsor

VIP Party Sponsors

After Party Sponsors

Vintage Sponsors

Runway Sponsors

Restaurant Sponsor



October 11
6:00 pm
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