Catwalk auctioned off designer wear to benefit SF cancer survivors & Manila orphans


The Pilipino Senior Resource Center (PSRC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves Filipino seniors and families and Filipina breast cancer clients/survivors residing in the South of Market District and other areas in San Francisco, along with the San Francisco Bay Area Ateneans (SFBAA), Share and Give and Gia Galicia held a Catwalk for Cause last May 5 that started 6 pm at Fort McKinley Restaurant. The event was also sponsored by TFC — The Filipino Channel, Lifestyle Network – The TFC Premium Channel, and Delegata.

Catwalk for a Cause hoped to raise funds to help two underprivileged Filipino groups, the Breast Cancer patients and survivors of San Francisco and the orphaned and street children in Manila. Proceeds will be given to both Precious Heritage Orphanage for the orphaned and street.

Gia Galicia is a Filipino fashion designer who loves doing charity fashion shows to raise money for charitable causes. She created the Share+Give Initiative to help make the world a better place by raising funds for the breast cancer victims and initiatives supporting children in foster care. She requested her friends to donate designer items, which will be auctioned off, together with some of her donations. Galicia assembled her friends, who were kind enough to donate designer items, which include Monique Lhuillier, Tadashi Shoji, Rebecca Taylor, Black Halo, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Coach, Furla, and D&G. Moreover, Galicia’s fashion designer friends also pitched in like Otsirave by Carlo Evaristo, Adrine Karapetyan, Rolando Carlin, Yennie Lam, and Eva Mejl. “Let us be one in giving and sharing a hope to our less fortunate fellows,” said Gia Galicia. “ (Any) money you give is a tomorrow for these cancer survivors and foster cared children.”

Catwalk for a Cause was hosted by Cecile Gregorio Ascalon, the executive director of PSRC. The event opened with a silent auction and cocktails from a no-host bar. A Filipino buffet dinner followed while DJ Gilby and live performers provided entertainment. The main event of the evening was a Fashion Show featuring clothes by Gia Galicia and other esteemed designers. Dancing and conclusion of the silent auction wrapped up the evening.

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