[flagallery gid=17 w=500 h=340 skin=photo_pro_1_2asl name=Gallery]Fashion and Fido meet the runway.
Washington, DC (April 18, 2012) – This past Saturday, Design Cuisine and Moet Imperial served it up for Washington’s favorite charity event, Fashion for Paws. Over 1,700 people poured into the National Building Museum for a cause that helped the Washington Humane Society raise over $700,000, a record for the organization. 450 VIP runway show style seats and 60 sold-out VIP dinner tables were privy to a colorful view of the runway, which this year hosted an astonishing 90 fundraising volunteer models.
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Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) opened the show and provided ten individual human and doggie couture pieces before the models strutted the catwalk in Tyson’s Galleria’s offerings from Elie Tahari, Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson, 7 for all Mankind, and Karen Millen just to name a few.
This was all hosted by E! Entertainment Ashlan Gorse, a regular fixture on the red carpet who has covered the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and Grammys. Ashlan is a true animal lover, and has even adopted her beloved dog from a rescue just a year ago.
Also making a splash at the event was Marie Osmond, who adopted a rescue dog right on the stage from the Humane Society. This not-to-be-missed event was co-chaired by Michelle Benaim, Dr. Ashley Hughes, Tommy McFly and Sara Nielsen, with Pamela Sorensen as their Master of Ceremonies.
The Washington Humane Society is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, providing comfort and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of services including sheltering for homeless animals, comprehensive adoption services and other initiatives.
For more information and a full list of 2012 models, committee members and sponsors please visit: www.fashionforpaws.org and click on the Annual Runway Show. Additional images or interviews with event organizers available upon request.
Fashion for Paws (F4P) benefiting the Washington Humane Society (WHS) began in 2007 with the first spring Runway Show raising $1.5 million dollars so far. In the fall of 2009 building off of the brand already created through the annual spring Runway Show, Fashion for Paws launched into a year round program, raising funds all year long through an array of themed fringe events, product merchandising, corporate sponsorships, individual gifts, and social marketing/new media, in addition to the annual Runway Show based in Washington, DC.
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