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(Washington, DC – April 3, 2012) – On April 14, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. the Fashion for Paws (F4P) 6th annual Runway Show event designed by Syzygy Events International will take place at the National Building Museum to benefit the Washington Humane Society (WHS). Since the event’s February 6th fundraising launch, F4P models, sponsors and committee have raise more than $556,000 for the cause, surpassing the $529,000 raised in 2011, closing in on the $625,000 goal for 2012. WHS plans to meet the goal with an impressive silent auction and spectacular prizes with a Golden Ticket opportunity.
E! News Now anchor and E! News personality Ashlan Gorse will host the puppy-studded event. A Hollywood insider and permanent fixture on the red carpet who has covered the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and Grammys, Ashlan is a true animal lover, adopting her beloved dog from a rescue group 1 and a half years ago. Fashion For Paws plans to announce other star guests closer to the event date.
This year, F4P secured over 60 top-notch participants, raising a minimum of $5,000 each to model clothes from the retailers of Tysons Galleria. Over 45 dog models will be dressed by Wagtime, LLC. Five high-roller model fundraising participants will duke it out for top fundraising spots; 1 – Susan Ostrowski ($26,200.00), 2 – Nikki Burdine ($20,020.00), 3 – Sara Nielsen ($17,888.00), 4 – Lindsey Becker ($16,590.00), 5 – Mark Rothman ($16,020.00).
The event will be co-chaired by Michelle Benaim, Dr. Ashley Hughes, Tommy McFly and Sara Nielsen, with Pamela Sorensen as our Master of Ceremonies.
With over 60 VIP seated tables of six people ranging from $3000 to $10,000, table diners will be served a three-course meal by sponsor Design Cuisine and will sip free-flowing Moet Imperial. The event will have 450 VIP runway show style seats behind the tables and 800 general attendees in the main section. The Benefactors reception for all VIP’s, sponsors and table buyers will begin at 7:00 p.m. and all other F4P guests will begin at 8:00 p.m. Due to the level of VIP attendees and excitement of a SURPRISE VIP in attendance, F4P security has increased by 4x what was in years past, thanks to security sponsor, Thiero & Associates LLC.
More than 1700 F4P attendees will revel in the transformation of the National Building Museum on April 14th, designed by Syzygy Events International, Digital Lightning, Design Cuisine and Edge Floral Event Designers, etc., donating a combined total of more than $350,000 in set design, production, lighting, sound, staging, food, flowers and more. F4P’s volunteer Chief Creative Officer and Partner of Syzygy Events International, Marielle Shortell, is responsible for envisioning and executing the entire layout and design of the event, “This year’s Fashion for Paws design was inspired by the ‘very sexy’ Victoria’s secret campaign in Miami and will include a vivid Floridian sunset of colors- ranging from hot fuchsia , blood orange , vibrant yellow, and lime green- in an exciting ombré effect,” said Shortell.
Opening the show this year the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) will outdo their collection from last year. FIDM will create ten individual human and doggie couture pieces to open the show before our F4P models, dressed in Tysons Galleria’s luxury retailers from Elie Tahari, Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson , 7 for all Mankind , Karen Millen, Sarar, Basler, Aram , Anne Fontaine to Vineyard Vines take the runway. Hair will be done by Toka Salon & Day Spa and make-up with be done by Bride Makeover.
Thank you to our F4P Runway Show Sponsors: Syzygy Events International, Digital Lightning, Design Cuisine, Audi, Danaher, Nave & Associates, Moet Imperial, bisnow media corp, Kim Crawford Wines, Centurion Group DC, Cherry Blossom Events, Mars Foundation, SVEDKA Vodka, UBS Wealth Management/William B. Finnerty, Edge Floral Event Designers, Georgetown Cupcake, Washington Fine Properties/Nelson Marban, ABC7-WJLA, Alliance Interactive, Fresh FM, Tysons Galleria, Toka Salon & Spa, The Aba Agency, Qatar Airways, Reston Limo, Teatro Goldoni, Bride Makeover, RNDC, Cities Restaurant, Onomonomedia, PamelasPunch, Wagtime, Thiero & Associates LLC, Moshe Zusman Photography, THE Artist Agency, FIDM, George, Atlantic Valet, Pink Berry, Pretzel Crisps, Love Pops, Professional Bartending School, CA Indoor, Renu Med Spa, My Truck Buddy, Uber.
For more information and a full list of 2012 models, committee members and sponsors please visit: www.fashionforpaws.org and click on the Annual Runway Show and/or call or e-mail the media contact above.
Fashion for Paws® (F4P) benefiting the Washington Humane Society (WHS) began in 2007 with the first spring Runway Show raising $1.5 million dollars so far. In the fall of 2009 building off of the brand already created through the annual spring Runway Show, Fashion for Paws launched into a year round program, raising funds all year long through an array of themed fringe events, product merchandising, corporate sponsorships, individual gifts, and social marketing/new media, in addition to the annual Runway Show based in Washington, DC.
WHS, the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, has been the Washington, DC area’s leading voice for animals since 1870. As the only open-access shelter in the Nation’s Capital, WHS provides comfort and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including sheltering, adoption, spay and neuter, CatNiPP, humane law enforcement, lost and found, human–animal therapy programs and humane education in city schools. Visit: www.washhumane.org for more info on WHS.