Fashion show, auction to benefit BVI

Brooklyn-based Guyanese designer, Roger Gary, and New York Fashion Week renowned couturiers, Tracy Reese, Zang Toi, Yumi Katsura, Cesar Galiano will give the British Virgin Islands a big boost, when the designers glam up the runway in a titled “Raising Awareness and Resources Through Runway Retail — a British Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief fundraiser — at 226 W 37th Street, 4th Fl., Manhattan.

Terry Donovan, founder of Summer Sizzle BVI — a fashion week and lifestyle destination event, and native of the BVI, told Caribbean Life, that BVI Friends and Family will join #BVIRUNWATOREALITY, on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 pm, to present the multi-designer pop-up food bazaar, and silent auction. Cocktails will be served from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Some of the items to be auctioned are designer accessories handbags, shoes, jewelry, as well as hotel, dining and spa packages, Art by model Henry Watkins, and experiential packages for onsite and online auction where patrons can bid on these items.

Donovan, a high-profile fashion insider, who has booked superstars Taraji P. Hanson, Nigel Barker, and Eva Marcille, as emcees for Summer Sizzle in the past, said, as part of the ticket purchase, guests will be treated to complimentary treats in the International Pop Up Food Bazaar, featuring unique cuisines from restaurants, and a complimentary drink, (cash bar for all other drinks and treats).

New York Fashion Week inspired Donovan who created Summer Sizzle BVI in 2009 aimed at promoting the islands. As such, his vision has since evolved into a fashion-filled four-day event, which showcases the best that the islands have to offer. To this end, the fashion expert will use his passion for fashion to rebuild his homeland through this endeavor.

Proceeds will benefit residents of the British Virgin Islands devastated by the catastrophic hurricanes Irma and Maria and the BVI Family and Friends NY organization

A donation of $40 will be accepted, by going to

Donovan would like to thank sponsors: Yumi Katsura Showroom, Peonies to Point, Chips Event Design, Lashnoir, Bridalgal, and Alyssa McKenzie Cosmetics.

For more information, email: or call 917-449-8736.