On July 29, Super Saturday returns to Water Mill at Nova’s Ark Project to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA). Often called the “designer yard sale” or the “Rolls-Royce of garage sales,” the annual fun-filled shopping event features over 150 top designers and attracts over 2,000 attendees.
Super Saturday was established by the late Liz Tilberis, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar and an OCRFA President, along with fashion designer, Donna Karan, who will once again host the event alongside Kelly Ripa of Live with Kelly and Ryan! They will be joined by Karan’s daughter, Gabby Karan de Felice, as well as two new additions: supermodel Molly Sims, and designer and stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe.
Sponsored by the QVC broadcast network, Super Saturday will feature top designers and luxury brands at reduced prices. Previous designers have included Bonpoint, DKNY, Nicole Miller and Urban Zen. Men’s designer clothing is also available, including from Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren and Vilebrequiin.
While the event renews itself each year, Super Saturday is, and always will be, centered on raising funds to support cutting-edge ovarian cancer research. Unlike some online fundraising platforms, Super Saturday is not about attracting financial support for a single person or project. The event engages the ovarian cancer community and the public in a fun event that brings people together and unites them in an effort to defeat a deadly disease that affects thousands of women and their families.
In addition to their Super Saturday event, OCRFA hosts other programs curated to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. OCRFA’s Ovarian Cancer National Conference brings together hundreds of survivors to hear from experts on a wealth of topics relating to ovarian cancer, and gives many women the opportunity to connect to others who understand their journey. OCRFA’s Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives program (STS) educates the physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistants of the future to be able to recognize the signs of ovarian cancer and diagnose it quickly. Plus, OCRFA works on Capitol Hill to increase awareness of ovarian cancer as a priority for lawmakers—especially important as Congress considers repealing or amending the Affordable Care Act and federal funding of biomedical research is being threatened by budget cuts.
The success of the Super Saturday event has aided in identifying how ovarian cancer cells grow, and possible ways to stop them from continuing to grow, through its funding of research. Unlike many cancers that affect women, there’s no early detection test yet for ovarian cancer. In order to combat this obstacle, OCRFA strongly encourages women to learn the risks and symptoms associated with this disease. Symptoms, which can be vague, include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and frequent and/or urgent urination are easy to miss and can be mistaken for other conditions. Therefore, the rule of thumb is that if any of these symptoms are new to you and persist for two weeks, see a gynecologist.
OCRFA’s Super Saturday NY will be held Saturday, July 29 from 1 until 6 p.m. at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill. An Exclusive VIP Event will be available to VIP ticket holders one hour earlier. Visit ocrfa.org/events/super-saturday for more information.