International Rescue Committee (IRC) today announced it will present the IRC at New York Fashion Week Pop-Up at The Empire Hotel (44 West 63rd Street) on February 13 and 14, 2015.

IRC Spokesperson and critically-acclaimed Chef Marco Canora (Brodo and Hearth Restaurant) will serve his celebrated Bone Broth, the latest health craze to sweep the nation. The Pop-Up will also feature a photo exhibition with Sudanese Model and IRC Voice Nykhor Paul of images from her recent trip to Ethiopia.

The Pop-Up will be open from 11am to 5pm and is open by invitation only.

Chef Canora supports the New Roots program, an essential part of the IRC’s broader efforts to help refugees resettled in the United States. The New Roots program enables refugees to establish community gardens to grow food for themselves and their neighbors, as well as offers nutrition and agribusiness training. Chef Canora has earned critical acclaim for his Italian-inflected cooking. In 2003, he opened Hearth in the East Village, which has since received a prestigious “Outstanding Restaurant” nomination from the James Beard Foundation. He is also the founder of Brodo, a popular to-go window operating out of Hearth serving cups of hot, nourishing bone broths.

Nykhor Paul joined the IRC Voices last year after a trip in August 2014 to the Gambella region of Ethiopia where thousands of South Sudanese refugees live. In one of the camps she visited, she reunited with her parents for the first time in 16 years. The IRC provides refugee camps in the Gambella region with water, sanitation and health care and other support services.

The IRC @NYFW pop-up is made possible with the generous support of the GE Foundation, Threads 4 Thought and Whole Foods Market.

An ongoing and dedicated supporter of the IRC’s work, the GE Foundation is spotlighting Ebola relief efforts. From 5-7pm following the regular pop-up hours on Friday, February 13th, GE Foundation’s partner, Jhpiego, a global health non-profit and affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, will showcase an advanced protective suit for healthcare workers who treat Ebola patients. Influenced by fashion design, the innovative suit is being developed by Jhpiego and the Johns Hopkins’ Center for Bio-Engineering Innovation & Design (CBID). Jill Andrews of Jill Andrews Gowns, advised on the suit design and will also participate in the event.

Sustainable fashion apparel company, Threads 4 Thought, will donate $5 for every Instagram and Twitter post with #IRCatNYFW during the pop-up, to help raise awareness and support for the IRC’s global work.

Whole Foods Market NYC is supporting the Pop-Up with the highest-quality ingredients for Chef Canora’s Bone Broth. Whole Foods Market is proud to partner with the IRC through the Whole Planet Foundation to help alleviate poverty around the globe.

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