It was a fabulous afternoon of fashion and philanthropy for the “Fashion Blooms for Pacific Autism Holt Renfrew Celebrity Fashion Show” last Friday.
Held at C|Prime in downtown Vancouver, many of BC’s biggest names in business, politics and fashion were out in force ready to support the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC) in creating a brighter future for those affected by autism and related disorders in BC.
The main event was a fashion show put on by Holt Renfrew. The stunning collections from Holt Renfrew gave the guests an inside look at this season’s must-have items and trends.
Strutting for Pacific Autism Family Centre
However, many of the models strutting their stuff were familiar faces to those in attendance. Singer/songwriter and T.V personality Mary Zilba, CTV News’ Mi-Jung Lee, Breakfast Television’s Jody Vance, Global’s Sonia Deol, and Squire Barnes were just a few of the fantastic sports that were seen striking their best “Blue Steel” poses down the catwalk.
The event was hosted by the fabulous Global BC Morning News anchor Sophie Lui and Vancouver’s finest fashion maven, social butterfly, and CBC contributor Fred Lee.
Fred gave one of the finest performances as auctioneer that I have ever seen. He did a phenomenal job, and his effort, along with the generosity of the attendees, helped raise a total of $55,000 for the new knowledge centre and main hub opening this fall.
Whilst it was light-hearted and sometimes raucous, the true heart of the event was always central to the conversation. Autism is a condition that affects many BC individuals and families, and resources such as PAFC’s knowledge centre are vital for individuals and families looking for lifespan support in their navigation of this range of disorders.
The event was a huge success. Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, founder of PAFC, said of the event. “We’ve succeeded in our mission to not only keep raising the significant funds needed for the new centre, but also awareness for all those affected by autism and related disorders here in BC”.
Congratulations to all involved in the event, and if you or a member of your family is affected by autism, or you would like to learn more about the work that PAFC is doing, please make sure to head over to their website for more information.
All photographs in this article by Charles Zuckerman Photography.