FASHION CARES: HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS & FUNDRAISER
LuvnGrace Entertainment partnered with Lancôme Paris, Danier Leather, and Bella Garnet Beauty Salon to present Fashion Cares: Human Trafficking Awareness & Fundraiser. The gorgeous Waterfall Building was filled with kind-hearted souls, as Ms. Mandy Ross, host and reporter for Press Play Establishment, welcomed the stylish crowd to bid on donations from SKIN by Lisa Marie, Street Cat Designs, and Earth Essence Jewelry, just to name a few. Money raised from ticket sales and the auction was donated to Deborah’s Gate (Salvation Army): A Place of Rescue and Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking.
The opening runway fashion show paired Anna Talbot handmade textiles, silk, and delicate hand-silkscreened designs with Smitten Designs gems and live acoustic guitar. This set the tone for the inspiring special guest speaker, Glendene Grant, who bravely spoke of the heartbreak she has endured since her daughter, Jessie, was trafficked to the United States in 2006 and vanished. Glendene is the founder of Mothers Against Trafficking in Humans and works tirelessly to educate others, raise awareness, inspire change, and find her missing daughter (www.jessiefoster.ca). A special thank you to Glendene and her husband for travelling from Kelowna to share from the heart.
Carnal Designs then showcased bold prints and suit-inspired separates followed by the finale of Amanda Jackson Designs celebrating feminine swimwear. The crowd included international supermodel Kecia Nyman of the 60s and 70s fame, American television producer Jim Michaels, contemporary fine artist Miriam Aroeste, and designers Nancy Perreault and Dominque Hanke of Hive Mind Millinery.
“We must all raise our voices for those whose voices have been silenced and are victims of being bought or sold in a manner that is below human dignity” (http://www.deborahsgate.ca/). A great night for a tremendous cause.