Feb. 20 fashion show to benefit relief effort
By Bill Forry
Feb. 2, 2010
A fashion show organized by local Haitian-Americans will hit the stage at the Artist for Humanity Epicenter (100 West Second Street in Boston) on Feb. 20 for “Shake the Runway,” an event to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.
Ede Haiti is a charitable organization established by Fashion Expose, founded by Haitian-born designer Prajje Jean-Baptiste, and other organizations of first and second-generation Haitian/African immigrant professionals, such as: FACE Africa, Adireé Fashion Agency, Regi James productions, RBR Productions, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Studd Promotion, and many more.
Organizers say that one hundred percent of the proceeds of “Shake the Runway” will go towards relief efforts in Haiti. The donations will be sent to agencies, including the Red Cross and Boston-based Partners in Health, to focus on the care of the many children and babies who were orphaned in the wake of the earthquake.
The fashion show portion of the evening will feature up-and-coming native Haitian designers Prajje Jr. Jean-Baptiste and Kreyol by Joelle Jean-Fontaine, along with designers Ty Scott, Michelle Idrovo, Lindsay Jones and Caitlin Sullivan, and Project Runway Season 7 Maya Luz. Performances by singers Duncan Daniels and Joanne Memnon, and a special appearance by the Voices of Imani Gospel Choir of Boston College will round out the evening. The event will also include a live and silent auction, featuring an original Prajje couture gown, custom jewelry by Kendall V. Bretto, original Haitian art pieces, and many more one-of-a-kind items.
Shake the Runway will begin at 8:00pm, and doors will open at 6:30pm. This is a black tie optional event, with absolutely no athletic wear allowed.
General admission for “Shake the Runway” is $25. Reserved VIP front-row seating, which includes admission to the after party is $40. Admission to the after party only is $20. Tickets are available
at http://edehaiti.eventbrite.com or by calling 617-516-7161.