Fashion for a Cause: The Bahamas AIDS Foundation Hosts the “Red Dress Soirée”

The Bahamas AIDS Foundation is co-sponsoring the inaugural Red Dress Soirée, a fundraising event that will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino.

A selection of local fashion designers have created one-of-a-kind red gowns that will be showcased at the runway show, cocktail reception, and silent auction to support the Bahamas AIDS Foundation’s work with adolescents affected by HIV/AIDS. Ten of the Bahamas’ “Leading Ladies” will model the dresses on the runway; the ten are The Hon. Janet Bostwick, JoAnn Callender, Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson, Karin Goodfellow, Maria Govan, Janet Johnson, Tanya McCartney, Elaine Pinder, Tonique Williams and Sharon Wilson.

The Honourable Janet Bostwick declared that “This event is one of the most innovative fund raising schemes I have heard about and it promises to be refreshingly entertaining. Women of varying ages of maturity, at least one of whom (I speak of myself) will find modeling most challenging, and most of whom do not see themselves as stereotype models, coming out of their comfort zones, and taking to the cat walk, displaying beautiful creations of some of our most talented designers!”

Creating one-of-a-kind gowns for each leading lady will be ten designers including Javotte Bethel, Apryl Burrows, Phylicia Ellis, Sabrina Francis, Brynda Knowles, Patrice Lockhart, duo Cardell McClam and Christopher John, Indira Moss, David Rolle and Theodore Elyett. [. . .]

The Bahamas AIDS Foundation has recently started to work with adolescents infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Five days a week after school these adolescents are provided with educational tutoring, psychosocial intervention, peer support, job training and placement, a snack and a hot meal, referral services, and individual and group counseling, all of which are directed to enable the adolescents to lead long, productive, healthy lives. The Red Dress Soirée directly supports these efforts.

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