Third Mannequin Ball To Feature Fashion, Glamour & The Fabulous Puppini Sisters

May 27, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — From London via New York City, the hottest and hippest retro-glam singers on the scene today – The Puppini Sisters, currently on tour with Cyndi Lauper – will make their Southern debut as headliners for “A Twist of the Big Apple,” the theme for the Third Mannequin Ball set for November 22, 2008 – one of the first events to be held at the new Civic Center in downtown Raleigh.

A portion of the proceeds will go to help The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center and The Raleigh Fine Arts Society in their contributions to medicine and the arts.

Guests to the Ball will be whisked down the red carpet and swept into the thrill of Manhattan, featuring the excitement of the Big Apple’s designer clothing, authentic cuisine and eclectic entertainment.

National and local artists will create art mannequins inspired by this year’s theme. Area clothing retailers will design mannequins to display the latest in fashion trends.

National and regional celebrities and honored guests from previous Balls include Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley; CSI Miami’s Emily Proctor; Trading Space’s Hildi Santo Tomas; Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long and celebrated clothing designer Alexander Julian.

The Mannequin Ball has been called ”the best party in North Carolina” after presenting two precious successful events centered around fashion: Paris After Dark and Midnight in Milan. Ball chairman Katie Reeves says, “That’s because we have raised the bar. It’s a first-class party with first-class celebrities, food, music and sponsors – and first-class guests. The Mannequin Ball demonstrates that Raleigh is now a world-class city.”

The 2008 Mannequin Ball is presented by Raleigh Metro Magazine. For more information on becoming a sponsor or purchasing tickets to Ball, contact Katie Poole at 919-831-0999 or via email at Information and updates about the event are available at


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