Sparkle For Haiti: A NYC Charity Event

The crowd was simply dazzling for the Black Tie Charity event, “Sparkle for Haiti”, this past Saturday night. The goal for its founder, model Aura Copeland, was to end New York Fashion Week, both in style, and with purpose.

The event, which was held on September 16th, at a private events venue on the Lower East Side was organized by Les Couleurs Charity’s founder, Aura Copeland, the board members, Anita Covic, one of the guests honorees, as well as its ambassadors.

Aura Copeland, Fashion Photographer Antoine Verglas and Anita Covic

The dress code was a deliberate fashion statement, too, with the gentlemen wearing their black tie or black suits and the ladies donning anything shiny. The theme “sparkle” was aimed to highlight the need for better educational opportunities for Haitian Orphanages.

L to R: Dr. David Ludwig, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Actor Dan Olson, Honoree, Anita Covic, and Dr. Jeff Gardere

There are now 300 children in 17 orphanages in Port-au-Prince, Haiti enrolled into CREATE, which is an arts, design, dance and musical program specifically designed to provide the most vulnerable children in the community a better set of skills and opportunities so they can succeed in the world.

L to R: Aura Copeland, Miss Dominican Republic Candida Lara, Miss Africa USA Nereida Lobo, and Miss Earth, Andreia Gibau

Everyone attending the event could feel the energy and optimism in the room as the various models and celebrities sashay by.

The guests of honor included:

Antoine Verglas (fashion photographer), James Goldstein, Lina Maya, Miss Dominican Republic Candida Lara, Anita Covic and Miss Africa Nereida Lobo.

Some of the other notable names include: Annastasia McFadden (model), model and Russian TV personality Kira Dikhtyar, model/actress Debora Mace, Jess Ambro (private chef), and Laurent Lamothe (the Ex-Prime Minister of Haiti.)

L to R: Dr. Robi Ludwig, Aura Copeland and Dr. Jeff Gardere

Dr. Jeff Gardere, a first generation, Haitian/American, psychologist and TV personality enjoyed speaking his native language Creole with the founder before their photo was taken for the press.

R&B singer DuJuan (and Prince’s backup singer for 17 years) also gave a charismatic live performance to add to the excitement in the room.

DuJuan Singing at the event

Les Couleurs is an admirable charity which gives 100% of their donations towards the arts education program CREATE in Haiti. The primary goals of Les Couleurs Charity are to inspire, educate and empower children who come from underprivileged backgrounds with limited educational opportunities and to help them to thrive.

To learn more about Les Couleurs Charity or to donate to their mission go to for more information.

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