“Filantropía” during Chicago Latino Fashion Week

28 10 2008

Chicago’s 2nd Annual Chicago Latino Fashion Week kicked off last night with a bang at Religion nightclub! The weeklong event will feature fashion shows by some of the rising and established Chicago designers, as well as national and international Latino designers, educational seminars, retail trunk shows, celebrity appearances and VIP parties at some of Chicago’

s hottest spots.

There are two events this week which will raise funds for charitable organizations:

  • The San Juan Fashion Group Show. Some of the most recognized fashion designers from Puerto Rico will show their designs on Thursday, October 30 at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts (777 N. Green Street). Featured designers will include Felix Poll, Lilliam Landron and Tommie Hernandez. There is a cocktail reception by Diageo from 6-7:30p followed by the show at 7:45p. Tickets cost $40 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit MANA of Illinois, an organization whose mission is to empower Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy.


  • The “El Fin” Finale Show. Chicago Latino designers will debut their Spring 2009 collections and couture design inspired by their favorite Hollywood screen icons on Sunday, November 2 at the Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton Place). Guests will have the opportunity to shop the vendor showcase from 11a until the fashion show begins at 1p. Featured designers include James de Colón, Orlando Espinoza, Anna Fong, Elda de la Rosa, and Horacio Nieto. Confirmed celebrity guests include actress and icon Rita Moreno, actor Freddy Rodriguez, and ANTM winner Jaslene Gonzalez. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago and the 25th Anniversary of the Chicago Latino Film Festival. The VIP After-Party will be Macy’s (111 N. State St) from 4–6p. Tickets are $75 (show only) and $100 (show and VIP After-Party).

     Rita Moreno on cover of LIFE               Freddy Rodriguez               Jaslene on cover of Latina

    Rita Moreno (1954)             Freddy Rodriguez                Jaslene Gonzalez


For event and ticket information, please visit chicagolatinofashion.com!


UPDATE: For pics from the week’s events, click here to visit LatinSocialEvents.com!


Praying for the Hudsons…and Chicago

25 10 2008

I’m keeping the Hudson family in my prayers…It’s never easy to lose a relative, especially a mother. 

On a sidenote, there is too much violence going on in Chicago. It really makes me wonder what’s going on in this great city that I love SO much! :-/


Quick Hit: Celebs Who Give Back

24 10 2008

Happy Friday! If you’re interested in celebrities and some of their the causes they support, then take some time to browse the quick hits below…

  • Usher and Swizz Beatz are featured on YBF.com for their do-gooding. Usher is highlighted for his work encouraging folks to vote. And, Swizz Beatz is profiled for his work with the Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation (CCBF) at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Click here for the story and pics!
  • Many celebrities came out to show support for for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research a couple of nights ago. The foundation, created by music producer Denise Rich, hosted Gabrielle’s Gala and stars like Patti Labelle, Ashanti, and Nicole Miller came out to enjoy the festivities. Click here for Entertainment Tonight’s coverage of the event!
  • Hilary Duff has been traveling the country to help raise awareness of the Blessings in a Backpack, a program which is designed to ensure that children from low-income households do not go empty over the weekends or holidays. Click here to read about her visit to a Kentucky elementary school!

MS Cocktailin’ for A Cause!

23 10 2008

On November 15, Multiple Solutions, the junior board of the MS Society – Greater Illinois Chapter, will host the 5th annual MS Cocktailin’ for a Cause event at the Hard Rock Hotel (230 N. Michigan). 

Attendees will be treated to appetizers, a premium open bar and a variety of music. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a big-ticket item raffle and a spectacular silent auction featuring a selection of upscale merchandise, gift baskets, Chicago sports memorabilia and much more.

We hope to raise over $65,000 at this year’s event, and the funds will be used to benefit the Greater Illinois Chapter’s research and programs, which in turn benefit the more than 20,000 individuals living with MS across Illinois.

 The tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at www.multiple-solutions.org.

Design a Dress for Mariah and Breast Cancer Research

23 10 2008

Mariah Carey is launching a new fragrance, Luscious Pink, but being the fabulous diva that she is…She just can’t roll out the new fragrance without doing it big! So, she is asking you to design a pink dress for her to wear! Three dresses will be produced…One for Mariah (or Mrs. Cannon), one for the design winner, and one to be auctioned to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The contest goes until November 14th, and click here for more information!

NYC Event Alert

22 10 2008

If you’re fortunate enough to live in NYC and are looking for something to do this Saturday, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund will host the 3rd annual “Front Row” fashion show at the Roseland Ballroom (239 W. 52nd St).


Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield


This year’s honorary chairperson is Actress Lynn Whitfield (loved her in Thin Line Between Love and Hate) and Fonzworth Bentley is serving as co-chair. This year’s honorees include: Supermodel Beverly Johnson, Photographer Keith Major, Supermodel Tyson Beckford, Fashion Entrepreneur Audrey Smaltz (CEO and Founder of The Ground Crew Worldwide), Make-Up Artist Ross Burton, Celebrity Hair Stylist Oscar James and Ashley Stewart Retail Stores.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Over the last 21 years, Thurgood Marshall College Fund has awarded more than $91 million in scholarships, programmatic, and capacity support, enabling more than 7,500 students to attend public Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

I wish I’d known about this earlier! I’ve been looking for an excuse to go visit NYC. I like the Big Apple in the fall…And, I’ll down for any opportunity to be under the same roof with Mr. Beckford. Just seeing his name inspired my to do a Google image search. Yeah, his body was sculpted by God! And, that’s the absolute truth!


Ticket prices range from $50-$250, and include both the fashion show and after party. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit the fund’s website at www.ThurgoodMarshallFund.org.



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Quick Hit: Banana Republic Coat Drive

22 10 2008

You have until Sunday, 10/26, to bring a gently used sweater or coat to Banana Republic. The donated merchandise will be given to Goodwill and in exchange, you will receive 30% off an item! Go get some something that you can stay warm in!