Last Saturday, on July 26th, 2014, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund held its 17th annual Super Saturday shopping event hosted by Donna Karan and Kelly Ripa in Water Mill, New York. Every summer, OCRF, the largest charity in the U.S. funding ovarian cancer research, throws a world famous designer garage sale that showcases clothes, accessories, beauty products, children’s clothing, and home goods at 30-50% off retail from luxury brand names like Alice + Olivia, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Scoop NYC. The annual shopping spree, like the previous years, was a huge success, in spite of one thing: an unexpected heist of a truckload of donated goods.
While most tents were swamped with people combing through clothes and handbags, several tables were left desolate with nothing, but a sign that read “We sincerely regret that some of our donated merchandise was stolen yesterday. We are so grateful to our amazing vendors for immediately rallying to help us and to all of you for your continued support. Let’s sell out today in our efforts to stop ovarian cancer.”
Designer clothes and goods worth up to hundreds of thousands of dollars were lost in the robbery, all of which would’ve gone towards ovarian cancer research. According to the police, the robbers had hooked what they believe to have been a semi-truck to one of the storage facilities in Hauppauge and drove off with it on Wednesday.
Although the heist left several high-end retailers with completely empty booths on Saturday morning, including clothes and accessories from Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, J Brand, and Dooney & Burke, shoppers still showed up and enjoyed their sunny afternoon rummaging through designer clothes at discounted prices. Meanwhile, designers rushed to figure out how to bring in as much merchandise as possible in order to keep the charity running smoothly.
“Some of the designers flew stuff in on private planes this morning,” said co-host Kelly Ripa. ”I am not kidding, people have been so generous…people’s generosity never ceases to amaze me.”
Despite the unimaginable mishap, shoppers remained in good spirits and the event brought in more than $3 million dollars in support of ovarian cancer research. Joining the swarm of shoppers who came out for Super Saturday, were Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, Kelly Rutherford, Joe Zee, Beth Stern, Rachel Zoe, Nicki Hilton, David Yurman and The Untitled Magazine‘s Editor-in-chief Indira Cesarine along with Style Director Phillip Bloch.