Save the Children Volunteer Group Hits the Runway to Raise Funds, Awareness for Non-Profit's Sandy-Relief Efforts

Save the Children Volunteer Group Hits the Runway to Raise Funds, Awareness for Non-Profit's Sandy-Relief Efforts

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immy Bell, left, a member of the Greenwich Leadership Council's teen group, escorts Olivia Bastianich down the runway at Saks Fifth Avenue in Greenwich during
Jimmy Bell, left, a member of the Greenwich Leadership Council's teen group, escorts Olivia Bastianich down the runway at Saks Fifth Avenue in Greenwich during "A Festive Evening on the Avenue," a benefit to raise funds and awareness about Save the Children's relief efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

GREENWICH, Conn. (Nov. 30, 2012) — Members of Save the Children's Greenwich Leadership Council walked the runway Thursday night at Saks Fifth Avenue in Greenwich, showing off some of the latest fashions, while also raising funds and awareness for the Westport-based non-profit's relief efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

Beyond watching the fashion show, attendees of the annual benefit, "A Festive Evening on the Avenue," also had the chance to get makeovers and do some holiday shopping, with all ticket sales from the event and 10 percent of shopping proceeds going to Save the Children's post-Sandy relief.

"It's a really special event, because we like to think we kick off the holiday giving season," said Angelique Bell, president of Save the Children's Greenwich Leadership Council. "This year, we're especially lucky to have all the proceeds go to children and families affected by Hurricane Sandy. It's always a blessing to know that Save the Children will actually be the first ones on the ground to help kids who are in need."

Right after Superstorm Sandy hit, Save the Children employees and volunteers worked to set up child-friendly spaces in shelters in some of the hardest hit areas, and helped distribute healthy snacks, infant care and hygiene kits, and warm blankets. Currently, the global non-profit is helping restore child-care facilities and schools damaged by the storm, initiate supplementary education programs for kids displaced from homes and schools, and help provide emotional recovery programming. Save the Children is also assisting communities in emergency preparedness through its child-focused disaster preparedness programming, helping to ensure that those responsible for children are able to safeguard them when disaster strikes.

"We appreciate the Greenwich Leadership Council and Saks Fifth Avenue's support for children and families who were left to pick up the pieces after Sandy destroyed their homes," said Mark Shriver, senior vice president for Save the Children's U.S. Programs. "In the wake of the superstorm, Save the Children focused on meeting the immediate needs of those most affected. But a lot more needs to be done to get children and families back on track after the storm. The funds raised by this fashion show benefit will help communities restore childcare services, offer additional educational and emotional support for children, and allow families to begin rebuilding their lives."

Prior to the fashion show, attendees, including Caye Hicks, left, were able to get makeovers from Saks Fifth Avenue makeup counter staff, which included Alberto Pagan, right.
Prior to the fashion show, attendees, including Caye Hicks, left, were able to get makeovers from Saks Fifth Avenue makeup counter staff, which included Alberto Pagan, right.

Since Superstorm Sandy, Save the Children has raised $2.42 million toward its post-Sandy relief efforts. "A Festive Evening on the Avenue" took in approximately $2,000 in ticket sales and donations Thursday night, and the shopping proceeds will be added to that total. To support Save the Children's response to ongoing needs following the storm, donate to the Hurricane Sandy Children in Emergencies Fund by visiting: www.savethechildren.org/sandy. Or text HURRICANE to 20222 to donate $10 from your mobile phone. When you receive a text message, reply YES.

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