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Michael Kors, CFDA Boost Sandy Relief Efforts

The designer has pledged $1 million, while the CFDA and Vogue have launched Fashion for Sandy Relief, an industry fund-raiser.

NEW YORK — Michael Kors and the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue separately pledged Monday to support the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Kors will contribute $1 million to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts through the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The pledge is aimed to help those affected across the Northeast.

“As a New York-based company, to see so many of our employees, customers and neighbors so greatly affected by Hurricane Sandy is unfathomable,” Kors said. “Being a lifelong New Yorker myself, born and bred on the beaches of Long Island, to see this devastation and loss is heartbreaking. We are making this donation in hopes that we can help all those whose lives have been irrevocably altered by Hurricane Sandy.”

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The CFDA and Vogue launched Fashion for Sandy Relief, a multifaceted initiative that will serve as a collective industry fund-raiser. It will kick off today with an online auction at Charitybuzz.com, which offers such experiences as weeklong stays at Tommy Hilfiger’s estate on Mustique Island and Diane von Furstenberg’s Harbor Island home; lunch with Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow; U.S. Open tickets with a meet-and-greet with Maria Sharapova, as well as the chance to go to a runway show with Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and her team. The online auction will be updated with new items daily.

In addition, Tory Burch is teaming with the CFDA and Vogue to stage a Fashion for Sandy Relief designer sale at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Friday, which will offer merchandise from a variety of designers and brands including Burch, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Carolina Herrera, Theory, J. Crew and von Furstenberg. Both initiatives will benefit the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and other relief organizations.