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|Volunteer model Karen Werner shows of some of the latest fashions at "A Festive Evening on the Avenue," a fashion show fundraiser to benefit Save the Children's emergency-relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Photo by Jeremy Soulliere.
GREENWICH, Conn. (Dec. 6, 2012) — Volunteer models hit the catwalk Thursday night at Saks Fifth Avenue in Greenwich, exhibiting some of the latest fashions, while also raising funds and awareness for Save the Children's relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The holiday benefit, "A Festive Evening on the Avenue," was hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue and Save the Children's Greenwich Leadership Council, which supports Save the Children through awareness, advocacy and fundraising.
Attendees of the annual event 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 Typhoon Haiyan relief.
"The Greenwich Leadership Council is so fortunate to have such a strong base in Greenwich to support Save the Children, especially in times of crisis," said Angelique Bell, president of Save the Children's Greenwich Leadership Council. "The evening was a tremendous success once again thanks to Saks and their amazing leadership, and this year's chair, Deanna Bastianich, did an outstanding job, from recruiting stunning local philanthropist models, to creating a wonderful environment, which put people in a festive and generous mood. Gary Shayes from Save the Children also gave an insightful perspective on the depth of the crisis in the Philippines, and why the need there is so great."
|Sonia Hedvat and other volunteer models show off some of the latest fashions at "A Festive Evening on the Avenue." Photo by Jeremy Soulliere. |
Save the Children has worked in the Philippines for 30 years and was one of the first international humanitarian agencies on the ground when the typhoon hit. Within a week of the disaster, the global relief and development organization had flown in more than 100 tons of aid, including shelter, hygiene and health equipment, from three different continents.
Access to people in need was initially severely limited due to damaged roads, fallen trees, debris, and the destruction of airports, but as of Nov. 29, Save the Children had already reached more than 40,000 people with assistance. It also plans to reach more than 760,000 people, including more than 522,000 children, with its efforts focused on the badly hit areas of Leyte, Capiz and Iloilo provinces.
"Save the Children is tremendously grateful to the Greenwich Leadership Council and Saks Fifth Avenue for committing their time to raise funds for our emergency-relief efforts in the Philippines," said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children president and CEO. "An estimated 5.6 million children have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, with many witnessing the devastation first-hand, as their homes, schools and communities were swept away. Local fundraisers like these can go a long way to beginning to help these children and families recover."
Since Typhoon Haiyan, Save the Children has raised $7.2 million toward its typhoon relief efforts.
To support Save the Children's response to ongoing needs following the typhoon, donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Children's Relief Fund by visiting savethechildren.org/haiyan. Or text DONATE to 20222 to donate $10 to the typhoon relief fund from your mobile phone.
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