“Compassion Through Fashion” to Benefit Bolivia’s Street Children

Renowned French designer Jean-François Garcia will exclusively debut his latest collection during Compassion Through Fashion – a runway show fundraiser to benefit Arco Iris America on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at La Maison Française, a stylish venue within the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Supported by the Ambassador of France to Bolivia, Michael Pinard, the event will also feature the elegant and sophisticated handbags by Bolivian designer Kathyuska Carrasco.

“We are thrilled to have such talented and extraordinary partners for our annual fundraiser,” said Morayma Bak, President of Arco Iris America. “It is going to be an unforgettable evening of specialty wines, runway fashion, a silent auction and more to support children who need love and the hope for a promising future.”

Garcia’s clothing line, Raza de Bronce, blends its strong Bolivian identity with European design. Each piece is handcrafted in Bolivia with high-end materials that are exclusively Bolivian, Andean or Latin American. The result is exceptional quality from socially and economically sustainable production.

“When I first arrived in Bolivia in 2008, I felt astonished by the beauty of the country, but at the same time troubled by poverty, especially regarding children,” Garcia recalled. “Back then, I attended a charity event for Arco Iris, which brought me to tears – the work they do is incredible. I am overjoyed to now be involved in this fundraiser, and I hope we can raise many needed funds for the orphans and other impoverished youth.”

At the conclusion of the Fashion Show, there will be an Arco Iris Honors Ceremony to pay tribute to two remarkable individuals: Father José Maria Neuenhofer, who founded Fundación Arco Iris in 1994. He was born in Germany, growing up during World War II and its aftermath, and as a priest was pronounced advisor to the homeless children in La Paz. In 2009, he was named Bolivia’s Person of the Year; and, honoree Shahin Mafi, Founder/Trustee of Azar Foundation for Children of the World, helps children around the globe who are born into disadvantaged situations. Mrs. Mafi is a peace activist, humanitarian and philanthropist that has assisted various non-profits and special need groups over the years.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. to a cocktail party with a complimentary glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres (open cash bar). The Runway Show begins at 7 pm. The Mistress of Ceremonies will be Jan Du Plain, President and CEO of Du Plain Global Enterprises, Inc., with Master of Ceremonies Chris Guerra, Founding Conductor and Artistic Director of the Strathmore Children’s Chorus. Tickets are limited and are available at CompassionThroughFashion.Eventbrite.com. Arco Iris America is grateful to Shahin Mafi, founder of Azar Foundation for Children of the World, (Azar4Children.org) who has been integral in making Compassion Through Fashion a reality. Other sponsors (at the time of publication) are MicroProbes for Life Science and WISSE Corporation.

About Arco Iris America: Arco Iris America, previously “The Rainbow of Hope for Bolivia’s Street Children,” provides independent and impartial assistance through financial donations to Latin American charity organizations focused on the needs of disadvantaged children. It is the North American counterpart to Fundación Arco Iris (Rainbow Foundation) in La Paz, Bolivia – the poorest nation in South America. The organization provides life-sustaining care to over 30,000 homeless children annually, including shelter, nourishing meals, healthcare, clothing, psychological support, education and more. Arco Iris America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Visit: here to view a video about the programs Arco Iris America supports. www.ArcoIrisAmerica.org | www.facebook.com/FundacionArcoIrisBolivia

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