With Vibrant Elegance, Yali Derman Debuts Her New “Yali Carry-On”
On Sunday morning, surrounded by a beaming crowd of friends and family at Saks Fifth Avenue in Highland Park, Yali Derman (center), Schechter Class of 2005, debuted her new “Yali Carry On” handbag. Proceeds from the sale of Yali’s handbag, featuring a magnificent 18-color peacock, will be used to help Children Memorial Hospital’s Foundation K.I.D.S.S. for KIDS fund the new playroom on the hematology-oncology floor at Children’s new hospital, which is due to open in 2012. With poise and passion, this two-time cancer survivor credited Children’s Memorial Hospital’s art therapy program with helping her to develop her artistic talent and creative flair. Her medical team, many of whom are the proud owners of some of Yali’s original “handbags” created from the bandanas she was given as a cancer patient to cover her head, attended the debut at Saks. With tears and pride, they graciously accepted the first of the new Yali Carry Ons.