NAPW Forest Hills, NY Local Chapter Raises $7,000 for Nonprofit Organization at Fashion Show Fundraiser in October

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National Association of Professional Women Forest Hills, NY Chapter presents $7,000 check to U.S.-based nonprofit that helps Haitian women & girls affected by HIV/AIDS.

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It was an incredibly exciting and riveting evening filled with music, high fashion, beauty, delicious food, excellent wine and exciting raffle prizes. Our Chapter was thrilled to be able to raise funds amounting to $7,000 for S.H.A.D.

Members and guests of the NAPW Forest Hills, NY Local Chapter gathered on October 4th for a fundraising and networking event at the Hotel Holiday Inn.

The Mega Fashion Event was a huge success, raising $7,000 for S.H.A.D. Inc., U.S.-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to improve the lives of HIV/AIDS-affected women and girls ages 14-45 living in NW Haiti.

“It was an incredibly exciting and riveting evening filled with music, high fashion, beauty, delicious food, excellent wine and exciting raffle prizes,” said NAPW Forest Hills Chapter President Anjali Chugh.

“Our Chapter was thrilled to be able to raise funds amounting to $7,000 for S.H.A.D.”

Along with Forest Hills Chapter Board members Chermerdene Jordan, Camelia Pruteanu and Dana Linton and Kristin Ferriggi, NAPW Local Chapter Manager, President Chugh proudly presented the check to Marie J. Santelli, president of S.H.A.D Inc.

Wilner Kebreau, Consul of Haiti, was also on hand as the evening’s esteemed guest of honor.

The Forest Hills Chapter has partnered with S.H.A.D to build a clinic in NW Haiti and the money raised at the October fundraiser will help finance this effort.

When completed, the clinic will provide health education, treatment and nutrition to the women who live in deplorable conditions and have absolutely no access to such life-saving health programs.

The evening’s emcee Vivian Gill welcomed NAPW members and guests to the fashion show and the Forest Hills Chapter President kicked off the fashion show by presenting the talented designers and their stunning models.

“The audience was dazzled by three top designers: Alvertis Alve and GiGi from New York and Alice B., who hails from Texas. These talented, vivacious and multifaceted designers walked the ramp with amazingly beautiful models, displaying the latest trends and designs in women’s wear,” noted President Chugh.

In addition to watching the models strut their stuff, members and guests had the chance to show off their own moves on the dance floor when they were treated to performances by singer/actress Dawnyelle Butler, singer/songwriter Shanalee (Russ on guitar) and female vocal group Super Girl Group, whose talented members included Lillian Walker Moss, Louise Murray, Margaret Ross-Williams, Nanette Licari and Beverly Warren. Also present was Esud Fungcap, a prominent singer/ performer from Haiti.

Another highlight of the evening was the vendor showcase that featured high fashion items, gorgeous jewelry and accessories, skincare products, cosmetics and specialty gifts. Vendors and exhibitors were all on hand to share their unique products, services and talents with fashion show attendees.

“To top off the exciting evening, 25 lucky winners walked away with raffle gifts ranging in value from $10 to $2,500, all generously donated by our members and local vendors,” said President Chugh.

“Our Mega Fashion Event was truly a memorable event and we thank everyone who had a part in making the evening such a huge success!”

Individuals and groups who played an important role in the event’s success included Cherrys Unisex Salon of Brooklyn and Jaida Kyi Gikofsky, freelancer makeup artist; DJ- Keith Bryan; NAPW Photographer Niki Balu and videographer Justin Williams.

Also instrumental in the triumphant evening were media professionals who covered the event, including Sofia Davis Fashion Ave Magazine, Jackie Love Model Management, Brian Matthews MSKCC, Shani Bynum MSKCC, Dara Bragg Deekysheel Entertainment, Lloyd Crawford I-Fashion Magazine, Gerard McLeod SGIB Magazine, William Michael Reid- Xposure Magazine and media photographers Theresa Racine & Ramon, Frank Photography, Sofia Davis BTETV/Fashion Ave Magazine, Lloyd Crawford Fashion Ave Magazine, Anthony Anderson Linx Photography, BAP Photography, Joe Gray Photographer, The IE Group Video/Photography and SGIB Magazine.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

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