Hope Grows Float in Rose Parade

Vera Bradley to host "Hope Grows" float in Rose Parade

The first ever introduction of a fashion line on a float and the first Vera Bradley float in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade

Fort Wayne, Ind. (December 18, 2008) – Vera Bradley, best known for its colorful cotton handbags, stationery, travel items and eyewear, will make its debut at the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade with a float designed by Festival Artists Worldwide.

Exciting aspects of Vera Bradley’ s 2009 Float:

  1. Cynthia Nixon, well-know for her role in Sex and the City, two-time Emmy award winner, Tony Award Winner and breast cancer survivor, will be one of the four breast cancer survivors who will be riding on the float.

    Cynthia Nixon says, “ Being a breast cancer survivor and being able to show my support of this cause means a great deal to me. I am honored to be riding the Vera Bradley float amongst other survivors. We all have the same mission: Ultimately, finding a cure for breast cancer!”
  2. Vera Bradley is the first float in the history of the parade to introduce a fashion collection. Vera Bradley’ s Spring 2009 collection will be introduced through three individual handbags and one travel bag ranging from three to five feet tall comprised of full floral combinations and intricate patterns of white, red and pink carnations, light and dark blue statice, white, green and yellow mums, cranberry and raspberry seed in the four new colors, including the newest breast cancer awareness pattern: Hope Garden. 10% of net proceeds from the sale of Hope Garden benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer and other breast cancer projects & services. Visit verabradley.org for more information.
  3. Vera Bradley’s float is being designed and built by Festival Artists Worldwide (a rendering is attached) and depicts a garden of hope entitled “Hope Grows.” “Hope Grows,” is a unique and colorful float that represents growing hope for a future free from breast cancer.

Vera Bradley’s “Hope Grows” is number 17 in the line up of 89 participants to appear in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2009.

About Vera Bradley: Vera Bradley handbags, travel items, stationery and eyewear have recently been seen on: Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, According to Jim, Samantha Who and in more than 20 feature-length films, as well as in celebrity gift lounges surrounding the 2008 Tony Awards, 2008 Daytime Emmys and 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Friends Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Particia R. Miller founded the Fort Wayne based company in 1982. In addition to a distinctive collection of signature handbags, Vera Bradley designs stationery, rolling luggage, innovative limited edition lines, tableware, fine rugs and eyewear.

About Cynthia Nixon: Emmy and Tony Award-winner Cynthia Nixon has been a critically acclaimed and sought-after actress since the age of eleven.

Nixon was mostly recently seen in New Line's feature film Sex and the City: The Movie, which was released on May 30, 2008. The actress recently will be seen in April 2009 in Derick and Steven Martini's film Lymelife along with Alec Baldwin, Tim Hutton, and Holly Hunter. She also recently starred opposite John Leguizamo in The Babysitters, which premiered at the 2008 The Tribeca Film Festival. Nixon starred in New Regency's feature Little Manhattan opposite Bradley Whitford as well as in Alex Steyermark's One Last Thing, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was screened at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. The actress also starred in HBO's telepic Warm Springs, in which she plays Eleanor Roosevelt opposite Kenneth Branagh's Franklin Roosevelt. This role earned Nixon a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG Award nomination, and an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Made for Television. In 2004 she starred in the mini-series Tanner on Tanner, directed by Robert Altman and written by Garry Trudeau, a sequel to Tanner '88.

For six seasons Nixon appeared in HBO's much celebrated series, Sex and the City, in which she played Miranda, a role that garnered her an Emmy Award in 2004 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, two other Emmy nominations, and four consecutive Golden Globe nominations. Nixon was honored with the 2001 and 2004 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

In 2009 Nixon will return to Broadway in Lisa Loomer's Distracted, directed by Mark Brokaw as “Mama.” Distractedwill begin performances in February 2009 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold andMiriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.This will be a limited engagement. Nixon was last seen off-Broadway in the title role of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In 2006 the actress completed a successful run in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of David Lindsay-Abair's Pulitzer Prize winning play Rabbit Hole for which she won a Tony Award as well as a Drama League nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Prior to that, she was last seen on Broadway performing as Mary Haines in The Roundabout's revival of The Women, which was also broadcast on PBS' Stage to Screen series. Nixon won a Theatre World Award at 14 for her stage debut as Dinah Lord in Ellis Rabb's production of The Philadelphia Story at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. At 15, she was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Louis Malle in the title role of John Guare's Lydie Breeze. Most remarkably, at age 18, she appeared simultaneously in two Broadway productions, David Rabe's Hurlyburly and Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, both directed by Mike Nichols.

Nixon began her film career at age eleven with Ronald F. Maxwell's Little Darlings (as Sunshine, the flower child) and went on to appear in Sidney Lumet's Prince of the City (as a strung-out drug addict), Milos Forman's Amadeus (as Lorl, Mozart's maid), Robert Altman's O.C. & Stiggs, Marshall Brickman's The Manhattan Project,Let it Ride, Addams Family Values, The Pelican Brief, John Hughes' Baby's Day Out, Marvin's Room, The Out-of-Towners, Igby Goes Down, and Advice from a Caterpillar, based on the play by the Drama Dept.'s Douglas Carter Beane.

Nixon's very first professional job was an ABC After School Special, Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid, costarring Butterfly McQueen. Nixon went on to appear in PBS's presentation of Mark Twain's Private History of a Campaign that Failed, Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July and Women and Wallace (the last two for American Playhouse).

She has most recently appeared on network television in a guest roles on Law & Order: SVU, a role which recently garnered an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Drama Series, House, and ER. Prior to that she was in the CBS telefilm Papa's Angels. In December 2008, Cynthia received a Spoken Word Grammy nomination for her recording of Al Gore’ s An Inconvenient Truth.

Born and raised in New York City, Nixon lives there with her partner Christine and their children Samantha and Charlie.

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