Fashion fundraiser for disaster relief

ModelRocky Hes at the Under Minerva Art Gallery.
Photo by Toni Dubois
By Toni Dubois

The first Fashion & Culture fundraiser for the Secret Sandy Claus Project for American Disaster Relief organized by Janice Lawrence-Clarke, president/creative director of JLC Productions along with the Olympianz & Unforbidden Events, took place at the Under Minerva Art Gallery in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The event was aimed at raising funds and awareness for the Secret Sandy Claus Project.

Michael “Sandy Claus” Sciaraffo, who started the Secret Sandy Claus initiative, wanted to provide toys to the children who lost everything during Nurricane Sandy. His ultimate goal is to reach every child impacted by the tragedy, and assist their families in putting their lives back together.

“The project caught the attention of several news media outlets, and from there it blossomed,” Lawrence Clark told Caribbean Life.

Lawrence-Clarke, known for bridging art, culture and fashion and giving back to the community, is a firm believer in economic empowerment through cultural development. She heard about the Secret Sandy Claus Project and reached out to founder Michael Sciaraffo about being involved. Said Janice: “It’s an excellent idea to be part of such a wonderful cause and give back to the community.”

The evening began with an art exhibition by Jamaican artist Parris Jaru called “Paris in Brooklyn” curated by gallery owners Chris Achong and Yeni.

Also featured at the event were presentations from fashion and accessory designers that included Mel Simon, Rean Fisher and Joe. Models were casually mingling and posing for pictures while wearing the 2011 collections by Mel Simon.

As the guests enjoyed tasty food from Tiki Village Cultural Center, they were treated to the soulful sounds of Indian vocalist ZEFFeREEN, who serenaded those in attendance with songs from his album due out this month. In addition, French opera singer David Sereo (who once performed a duet with Jermaine Jackson called Autumn Leaves, entertained the crowd singing popular Broadway show tunes.

Overall, the evening was a success. It was done with style and grace.

To find out more on how you can participate in the Secret Sandy Claus Project, www.secretsandyclausproject.org.

Indian singer ZeffeReen.
Photo by Toni Dubois
Photo by Toni Dubois

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