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2nd Annual Fashion Blooms for BC’s Autism Community

BC’s top media personalities come together to end World Autism Awareness Month on a high note!

The 2nd annual Fashion Blooms Celebrity Fashion Show wrapped up World Autism Awareness Month raising $75,000 supporting Pacific Autism Family Network’s (PAFN) mandate to bring autism programming and resources to all families across the province affected by autism and related disorders.

The sold-out gala luncheon featured many of Vancouver’s top personalities coming together to raise awareness and funds for critical resources and support to the estimated 70,000 individuals living with autism in British Columbia.

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From the doors of the Century Plaza Hotel, through the silent auction nook, past to the media wall, and through into the event with a delicious aperitif of Champagne, Cassis, and berries in hand, guests were welcomed along the route with warm smiles and hugs.

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Sophie Lui with Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia; Kristina Matisic; Olympian Silken Laumann & Sadie Gates

“To see a community rally behind an initiative very close to my heart reaffirms that our goal of bringing autism resources province-wide is attainable,” says Pacific Autism Family Network Co-Founder, Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia. “Fashion Blooms continues to be an important event that brings awareness to the growing need of available supports and programs for our families.”

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Mi-Jung Lee with Natalie Langston; delicious plantbased lunch; Scotiabank’s Winnie Leong

Fashion Blooms Highlights: 

  • Luxury fashions generously provided by Vetrina Moda and Quorum Men’s Fashion Emporium
  • Live auction hosted by Fred Lee and event emcee, Global’s Sophie Lui entertaining guests
  • Erin Cebula, Olympian Silken Laumann, Mi-Jung Lee, Fiona Forbes and Squire Barnes, were amongst Vancouver’s most well-known personalities to strut their stuff on the runway
  • Scotiabank Sr. Vice President, Winnie Leong, shared a few words about their partnership with PAFN and presented a $30K cheque which celebrated their next installment of a larger $150K pledge
  • Bubbly cocktails and delicious lunch courtesy of C|Prime Modern Italian Steak & Wine
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Clara Agopian (Lugaro Jewelers) and Narges Nirumvala (Executive Speak); Alexandra Thompson (Wardrobe Apparel) with Elizabeth Ball (Councillor City of Vancouver)

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Silent Auction Winners!

Who is PAFN?

The Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN) is a charitable organization with a mandate to serve the lifespan needs of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and all related disorders. Founded by Wendy Lisogar Cocchia and Sergio Cocchia, with the vision to break down the barriers to access across the province, the PAFN has collaborated with over 60 organizations to address essential lifespan needs for those affected by autism. In November, the PAFN opened their first location – the 60,000 sq. ft. GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub in Richmond, and will open smaller satellites in other areas of B.C. in 2017. The network aims to ensure that all British Columbians have access to state-of-the-art resources for assessment, treatment, education-support and research, providing a “one-stop-shop” for families looking for help in their navigation of available information and services.

Instagram: @pacificautism
Facebook: Pacific Autism Family Network
Twitter: @pacificautism
Event hashtag: #FashionBloomsForPacificAutism 

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