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(Starlight) FashionFirst fundraiser release

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  • 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE th 6 Annual Contact: Joan Kelly (206) 979-2771 Celebrities Strut Their Stuff in 6th Annual Fashion First Seattle’s largest independent fashion show celebrates Seattle’s signature style, raises funds for Starlight Children’s Foundation of Washington SEATTLE (June 1, 2009) -- More than 1,000 of the Seattle area’s most devoted fashion-istas are expected to attend the 6th Annual Fashion First, Seattle’s largest independent fashionshow, Sep. 17, 2009 at Qwest Field Event Center, benefitting the Starlight Children’s Founda-tion of Washington. The runway show offers Seattle a taste of the more-established fashion weeks held in avariety of international fashion-industry capitals and unites the fashion community to celebratesignature Seattle style and support charitable causes. Local fashion retailers, designers, stylists,fashion educators and students, and members of the press attend the annual event for a previewof designer and specialty-store trends in the upcoming fall season. Last years standing-room-only show raised $40,000 for Starlight, and the annual event has raised $100,000 for charity inthe past six years. “Fashion First is always the most exciting night of fashion in the Northwest because itputs Seattle’s unique fashion perspective on the world map,” said Executive Producer JoanKelly, an instructor at the Art Institute of Seattle who founded the annual show. “We give thearea’s smaller boutiques and designers an opportunity to show off their creativity with styles andlines that aren’t normally presented by, or included in, the traditional fashion media.” What sets Fashion First apart, Kelly said, is that “these aren’t bizarre, impractical designsfrom the East Coast or Paris that only anorexics can wear. Fashion First showcases ready-to-wear, designer creations that are as accessible as they are stylish. “It’s also an opportunity to throw a glamorous party while raising funds for a worthycharity, such as Starlight,” Kelly said. “You might think people would just leave after therunway show, but we always have a great crowd that sticks around for a really fabulous time.” (More)
  • 2. 6th Annual Fashion FirstJune 1, 2009Page 2 of 2 Local designers and retailers invited to participate in this year’s show include La Ree,Oslo, Clutch, Merge, Mercer, Tatters, Ragamoffyn’s and The Finerie. The show also will featurecustom designs by the winners of Seattle Magazine’s “Seamless in Seattle” Design Contest—Seattle’s own version of “Project Runway”—and by the graduating fashion students of the ArtInstitute of Seattle. This year’s celebrity models include… Fashion First is dedicated to the honor and memory of its co-founder Jared Seegmiller, aSeattle designer who was passionate about the industry and cared deeply for the visibility andvitality of the boutiques that support the Seattle fashion scene. Fashion First tickets, which start at $50 and range up to $1,000, are available or by calling (206) 979-2771. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the showgets underway at 8:15 p.m. About Starlight Children’s Foundation When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family isaffected. Starlight Children’s Foundation is a 25-year-old, non-profit organization dedicated tohelping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation throughentertainment, education and family activities. Unlike any other charity, Starlight offers acomprehensive menu of outpatient, hospital-based and online offerings that enables it to provideongoing support for children and families—from diagnosis through the entire course of medicaltreatment. Starlight’s programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help thembetter understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges sothat no one feels alone. Starlight serves children and teens suffering from chronic, life-threatening illnesses suchas cancer, cystic fibrosis, kidney and heart disease, diabetes, asthma and sickle-cell disease. Thenonprofit organization operates a network of chapters and offices in every U.S. state andCanadian province, and also delivers programs internationally through affiliates in Australia,Japan and the United Kingdom. Starlight’s Washington State chapter ( served morethan 20,000 children and family members at 526 inpatient and community events statewide in itsfiscal year 2008. The chapter has been awarded a Four-Star rating by Charity Navigator, thenation’s premier independent charity evaluator. ###

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