For this Charity Fashion Showcase, three designers of color will be featured: Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, the creator of Eliz-Eliz Jewelry Designs; Evetta Petty the founder of Harlem's Heaven Hats; and Ricardo Muniz, the educator and artist behind CHULO Underwear.
Proceeds raised will be shared between the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, UPROSE Brooklyn (a youth climate justice program), Tropical Images' Get Kids Off The Street Project (a free youth dance program), and El Maestro, Inc (a free boxing program and cultural center in the South Bronx).
The night's festivities include fashion, music, dance, art, and spoken word. Performers include writer Charles Rice-Gonzalez, the Tropical Image Dancers, singer Frankie Allday, and more!
Jonathan Gonzalez is a performer and maker of sound, text, and performance as ephemera for live and recorded purposes. He is a 2015-16 BAX/Dancing While Black Fellow producing his solo the proto series, New York Live Arts 2015-16 Fresh Tracks Artist with long standing collaborator and improvisational partner EmmaGrace Skove-Epes (new work to be presented February 5 and 6, 2016. www.newyorklivearts.org.), and choreographer with The Possibility Project. His work has been shown at venues including JACK, BAAD!, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Wimbledon College of Art. He has had the pleasure to work with Patricia Hoffbauer, Gwen Welliver, Will Rawls, Urban Bush Women, and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. He is an MFA graduate from Sarah Lawrence College.
Our guest speaker is acclaimed and internationally lauded climate justice activist, Elizabeth Yeampierre, featured recently in the December 2015 issue of Vogue.
Our VIP reception is from 7:15 pm to 8:00 pm.
General seating begins at 8:00 pm with opening remarks at 8:15 pm
.The night's festivities begin at 8:15 pm and run to approximately 10:00 pm
Cash bar, buffet-style appetizers, drink specials, and raffles with prizes will be available. And, the designers will have their own mini pop-up shops available for customers, too.
Remember. Be proud. Be loud. Be you. Be a CHULO.
Help us help our own community at this charity fashion showcase.
CHULO is a new a line of clothing and gear that is culturally-relevant to today's marginalized youth of color. Our mission as a company is to inspire young people to invest in a brand that invests in them. Each time a young person buys, sells or works for the brand, s/he is having a direct and immediate impact on his/her own community becauseproceeds are reinvested back into a local CBO, community center, scholarship program or charity that services those very same youth.
For more information on the brand or how to get involved with the CBOs with which CHULO works OR to make a purchase or your own direct donation, please visit www.CHULOunderwear.nyc.