Super Saturday attendees are hoping that what goes around, comes around.
The 17th annual Super Saturday at Nova’s Ark in Water Mill, NY is a daylong designer garage sale that raises funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. This year, SS17 was targeted by thieves who broke into a Hauppauge storage facility filled with merchandise. Ralph Lauren, J Brand, Dooney and Bourke, and Kravet Home Furnishings were just a few of the many designers who were robbed of merchandise that was donated to generate funds for the OCRF. Designers tables were left completely empty as they were robbed of their opportunity to raise funds for the cause.
Kelly Ripa, who has hosted the event alongside designer Donna Karan for 8 years, was in utter disbelief over the unimaginable crime. While visibly upset over the incident, Ripa raved about the community coming together in spite of the tragedy.
“Some of the designers flew stuff in on private planes this morning,” said Ripa. ”I am not kidding, people have been so generous…people’s generosity never ceases to amaze me.”
To say the least, guests were horrified by the thievery and disgusted by the idea that someone would commit a crime against charity.
“[It's] the worst thing you could do, especially for an event that’s raising money for such a cause, it’s disgusting,” explained Beth Stern at the event. ”They will rot in hell…to know you’re stealing from charity is even worse.”
An almost speechless Rachel Zoe was also sickened by the incident. Although her merchandise at Super Saturday was not affected by the crime, the designer added, “I can’t even talk about it. It’s actually so disgusting.”
While the theft meant that plenty of designers’ booths were bare, designers with the ability and funds to rally, did. Henri Bendel sent an entire truck of goods to replenish stolen merchandise.
Despite the heist, the dedicated Super Saturday attendees shopped away and raised $3.5 million dollars for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund!
As for the thieves? The culprits have yet to be found, however Top Chef contestant and owner of the NYC restaurant Root & Bone, Janine Booth, had a little something to say about that.
“I’m a firm believer in karma, and karma is a b*tch.”
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