Last night I dreamed that I met Audrey Hepburn in a beautiful garden full of exotic flowers, and we talked about the flowers and saving money for the children. Today I wake up to find that the first of 15 planned schools for the City of Joy Aid has opened! If you remember from earlier news posts, the money from the Christie’s auction of Audrey’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress raised enough money to build 15 schools for children in India who would otherwise never be schooled at all. The first school opened today in Keoradanga with City of Joy Aid founder Dominique Lapierre present, and will hold about 200 students. It was apparently a very sweet opening, with children singing a welcome song and Dominique offering a red rose to a picture of Audrey sporting the dress (below). You can read more about the school’s opening here, and more about the Lapierre’s school plans here. Long-term plans for the City of Joy Aid can be found here. Continue reading “"Thank you Audrey Hepburn, we love you"”
On December 5, 2006, Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold for a record-breaking £467,200. The dress, one of three copies made by Givenchy for the film, was donated by Hubert de Givenchy himself to friend Dominique Lapierre, a French author who also runs City of Joy Aid with his wife. The proceeds from the sale — the dress was bought by the house of Givenchy, now owned by LVMH — were to go entirely to City of Joy, and already the results are showing themselves. 15 educational centers for children are set to be opened in India from this money, and one center in Lakshikautapur is currently being built. These centers are designed to teach children English when they would normally never see the inside of a school, and would instead be bullied into mob work. You can read more about the amazing Lapierres and their work here, and you can read a smaller article about other works City of Joy does here.
I was going to save this for the New Year’s post, but since news is slow, we’re going to talk about charities. I know this is a hard time of year to think about handing over even more money than you probably already have, and some of us just don’t have money to throw around to begin with. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do your bit for charity! Giving isn’t limited to money, as Audrey herself has shown. Here’s some alternative ways to do a good deed without sending yourself to the poorhouse: Continue reading “‘Tis the season to give!”
If you’ve been a little late with your Christmas cards this year, or even if you don’t celebrate at all, this might be a good idea for you to consider. Every year for the past couple of years, UNICEF has teamed up with Nokia to provide e-cards for the holidays. You just fill out the card like any other e-card and send it off, but for every card sent, Nokia will donate an undisclosed sum to UNICEF! Another great example of helping charity without dipping into your (possibly limited) funds, especially at the most expensive time of year. Last year, Nokia ended up donating over €50,000. Maybe this year us Audrey fans can get together and raise a bit more for Audrey’s charity of choice?* If you’re interested, simply click here and follow the instructions. And feel free to send as many cards as you’d like! If you think someone might be offended at the Christmas-y nature, simply let them know it’s for a good cause and I promise they can’t stay mad.
Thanks to Lotta for reminding me of this.
A while ago, when I mentioned that audreyhepburn.com had updated, there was mention of UNICEF’s annual Snowflake Ball. Since 2004, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund has given an Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award to a deserving person at this ball, and this year the recipient was Amy Robbins. Amy created the Mercury Fund, which helps UNICEF gets funds as early as 24 hours after an emergency, anywhere in the world. You can read more about the event through UNICEF’s site, and you can read more about Amy here. Also, the UNICEF snowflake is changing a bit — it’s going to do its part to raise funds for the charity. Starting next year, a donor can pay to have their name engraved on one of the 16,000 Baccarat crystals that adorn one of the two snowflakes (one is in New York, the other in California). You can read more about the snowflakes here.
If you haven’t heard already, the most famous LBD in the world sold this morning in London for $807,000! That’s £410,000, well beyond Christie’s estimate of £50,000 – £70,000. The dress was won by an anonymous telephone bidder. Since there are so many articles about the auction, I’ll just list the best by number and you can click on any and all to read more: 1, 2, 3.
“There are tears in my eyes,” said Dominic Lapierre, who runs the charity. “I am absolutely dumbfounded to believe that a piece of cloth which belonged to such a magical actress will now enable me to buy bricks and cement to put the most destitute children in the world into schools.” Continue reading “Audrey Hepburn’s iconic "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" dress sold”
Since it’s that time of year (and since this is the only news coming in), here’s two little shopping tips.
Are you planning on getting anyone Audrey Style this year, or even maybe buying it for yourself? It may cost a little more than Amazon’s markdowns, but you can actually buy the book from UNICEF! It’s in the For Adults section, or you can just go straight here. You can even throw in Sean’s An Elegant Spirit, which is also available through the charity. If you’re going to be buying some Audrey gifts anyway, it might as well help out someone in need and brighten two lives at once. 🙂 Found through this article.
A lot of random stuff today, just from wandering around the web. You’d think I never left the house on my days off! But first, a new page for the website. Now if you go to the index page and click on the “je ne sais quoi” graphic, it’ll take you to a new page. This page was made for anyone and everyone to talk about Audrey in their own languages, along with posting their favourite picture of her. It was always my plan to have a multilingual site, and I’ll work on it more once the english section is firmly entrenched, but for now there’s at least some place to express yourself in whatever language you like. Hopefully other non-English speakers will come and enjoy your thoughts, and you might be responsible for making a new Audrey fan! To see the new page, click here. Continue reading “The Audrey Hepburn daylily, humanitarianism, and more”
This first article is yet another diatribe against the Gap ads, but I couldn’t help but laugh at the first line: “Well, do a dance on Audrey Hepburn’s grave.” It’s a good article, though, and worth the read. I somewhat agree with fans who say, “Well, at least it’s introducing Audrey to a new generation of people,” but when you read a couple of the stories in the article, you just have to wonder why exactly some people are interested in Audrey anyway. It also furthers the belief that she was only good for modeling clothes and encouraging girls to be thin (see rant below), and that the only movie of hers worth seeing (or even talking about) is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The whole article can be found here. Continue reading “"Do a dance on Audrey Hepburn’s grave," Audrey unleashes the altruistic side of Gap”