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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Charity Event Alert ::: Designers Unveil Latest Collections Cherkin Preston Foundation

> Charity Event Advisory, Media Alert
> Contact: RJ ROMERO of Manhattan Media
> Email: manhattanmedia212@gmail.com
> International Fashion Designers Unveil Latest Collections Cherkin Preston
> Foundation Event to Benefit Kenyan Children at JE Engleberts Prime
> nightclub West Chelsea
> New York City
> Wednesday Oct 15th starting at 6pm and ending at 9pm Runway Show Charity
> Event at PRIME nightclub West Chelsea, NYC
> Mix and mingle, dance to DJ MFDs hot sounds, enjoy a limited open bar for
> the first hour and passed hors d'oeuvres and desserts all night! The
> benefit will feature a sizzling, edgy and entertaining runway and trunk
> show representing multiple international designers including professional
> wear, cocktail, lingerie, elegant evening and avant-garde couture! What if
> you can change the lives of children in a remote Kenyan village in three
> hours? On Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Prime Club (511
> West 28th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues), international fashion
> designers will do just that at a benefit to raise money to support a
> primary school and build a vocational school in the remote village of
> Mbumbuni, Kenya.
> Hosted by:
> Smith Barney, senior vice president Roberta Cherkin, Columbia University
> professor Michael Preston and DK Grand Safaris managing director, Daniel
> Kikemu, co-founders of the Cherkin Preston Foundation, chaired by Jennifer
> Warren, Barclays Capital project manager, and Prime nightclub owner JE
> Englebert who offered to donate the space to have the event. The event
> will feature sizzling runway presentations by hot international designers:
> Angelo Lambrou, a South African whose couture women's evening wear
> collections are inspired by African and Mediterranean influences;
> Antonio da Silva, a Portuguese native whose passion for designing can be
> seen in his Latin and Mediterranean-influenced high fashion, couture and
> theatrical pieces;
> Kaia Peterka, whose art- and travel-inspired handbags are a favorite of
> women who want chic, sophisticated styles without sacrificing practicality
> or function;
> Cleo Moreira, who creates fun cocktail/evening wear for elegant women who
> seek a creative and differentiated style;
> Nina McLemore, whose fashion and business expertise influences her
> collections for smart, confident on-the-go women;
> Peoples Pride, whose timeless, audacious and experimental designs are
> always relevant to the present; and
> Skin Lingerie, whose luxuriously soft loungewear combines chic style with
> absolute comfort.
> Following the runway show will be individual trunk shows by several of the
> featured designers who will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the
> Foundation. Throughout the evening, attendees can bid on unique African
> carvings and jewelry in a silent auction while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and
> wines from Neuman's Catering and Wines of Germany.
> "Because secondary school education costs approximately $500 per student -
> 25 percent of the average annual income for most Kenyans -- it's often not
> a viable option. That's why we decided to build a vocational school for
> the 450 children in Mbumbuni, where they can be trained in employable
> trades - including carpentry, masonry and tailoring -- to drive a
> sustainable economy for their village and beyond," said Preston.
> Cherkin added: "We were deeply moved by the need in Mbumbuni and,
> following discussions with Kenyan NGOs and schools, we, along with Daniel
> and his wife, Molly Katei created the Foundation to improve these
> children's lives. We are grateful to everyone for their generosity in
> donating their time, products and services to make a difference to these
> precious Kenyan children, including the aforementioned designers; JE
> Englebert of Prime Club; Wines of Germany; Neuman's Catering, Baldor
> Specialty Food, Kattia Tan, Peeled Snacks, Rollo Mio, Zingerman's for the
> food and wine; graphic designers Nina Solomon and Sandy Funatake; Eva
> Mendez and Najeh Tourchio for hair and makeup; photographers Michel Berda,
> Ernie Green, Johnny Rodriguez, Kelly Newnum; and PR consultants MeeLin
> Nakata and Amy Juaristi."
> About Cherkin Preston Foundation
> The Cherkin Preston Foundation is dedicated to improving education for the
> children in Mbumbuni, Kenya. To date, the Foundation has repaired the
> Kitondo Primary School is now raising capital to build the Kikemu
> Vocational School. As all administrative costs of the Foundation are
> covered by co-founders Roberta Cherkin and Michael Preston personally, the
> Mbumbuni children benefit directly from 100 percent of all donations.
> http://www.jenyc.com/oct15thcherkin
> Charity Event Advisory, Media Alert
> Contact: RJ ROMERO of Manhattan Media
> Email: manhattanmedia212@gmail.com