JAFCO Charity Fashion Show

On Thursday, May 2nd, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale was invited to take part in JAFCO’s 11th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon; a wonderful benefit to raise money and awareness for the JAFCO foundation. All ticket proceeds along with auction items were donated to JAFCO. JAFCO provides at-risk children and their families with assistance programs and services including group homes, foster care, adoption, and family preservation programs among many other things.

Kimonos being modeled by a child and an adult model at the JAFCO charity fashion show. The garments were being auctioned to help raise money.

Kimonos being modeled by a child and an adult model at the JAFCO charity fashion show. The garments were being auctioned to help raise money.

Dress designed by Kawande King, modeled by Marissa Tatakis at the Polo Club for a JAFCO charity luncheon.

Dress designed by Kawande King, modeled by Marissa Tatakis at the Polo Club for a JAFCO charity luncheon.

The occasion took place at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. The Fashion Honors Group, project manager, Breanna Hutchings, Fashion Design Instructor Chrisa Tatakis, and Fashion Director Shelia Walden, organized and managed the fashion event. The show included beautiful women’s evening wear garments from Anna Topf, a current fashion design student, and Jose Echegaray and Kawande King, alumni of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. In addition to the evening wear, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s design class, lead by Ms. Wanita Alcena, created fun children’s wear dresses. Auction items included beautiful kimonos with fashion illustrations designed by Fashion Illustration instructor Mrs. Irina Ivanova, and handbags designed by Fashion Design student Jacob Morales.

Children’s wear dress designed by a student at the Art Instistute of Fort Lauderdale modeled by a child model at the JAFCO charity fashion show. Blog

Children’s wear dress designed by a student at the Art Instistute of Fort Lauderdale modeled by a child model at the JAFCO charity fashion show.

Written by: Breanna Hutchings
Edited by: Chrisa Tatakis

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JAFCO and AIFL

On May 3rd, 2012 the Fashion Honors Group produced a fashion show at The Polo Club in Boca Raton, for the JAFCO (Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options) annual fundraiser luncheon. This show featured 12 Art Institute designers, as well as using five adult models and seven child models. Over 400 people were in attendance. The audience enjoyed socializing while having lunch minutes before the show, as the models waited backstage eager to show off their looks. The fashion show was so pleasurable that members of the audience wanted to purchase a few of the garments after the show was finished. Allison Chen, project manager of the event, designed five clutches featuring Swarovski crystals that were modeled in the show and auctioned off immediately after the show, raising over $3,500 for JAFCO. JAFCO is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to abused and neglected children in South Florida. This event was a fun, upbeat, and extremely successful!

Strutting down the runway at the JAFCO event.  Photographer: Gabby Cohen

Strutting down the runway at the JAFCO event.
Photographer: Gabby Cohen

The models having some fun on the runway at JAFCO. Photographer: Gabby Cohen

The models having some fun on the runway at JAFCO. Photographer: Gabby Cohen

: Getting beautified for the JAFCO fashion show.  Photographer: Jason Christopher

: Getting beautified for the JAFCO fashion show.
Photographer: Jason Christopher

The girls striking a pose for the cameras, backstage at JAFCO. Photographer: Jason Christopher

The girls striking a pose for the cameras, backstage at JAFCO. Photographer: Jason Christopher

Madison Boyle getting her make-up done for the JAFCO fashion show Photographer: Jason Christopher

Madison Boyle getting her make-up done for the JAFCO fashion show
Photographer: Jason Christopher

 

To all. Just wanted to send a quick note to thank you all again for the AMAZING SHOW!! It was a huge hit – as you know, and we were blown away with the success of the live auction as well!!!

Your professionalism, enthusiasm, responsiveness and of course, the creative talent, was remarkable.

It was a great pleasure to work with you and I hope that we will get to do so again in the future…yes, Chris and I are chairing the event again next year, and maybe we could brainstorm something for next year that would be fresh and fun. Please send our regards to the entire team at the Art Institute and those gorgeous models (and unbelievably adorable kids!!!)

Thanks again, from the Crazy Co-Chairs
Marci and Chris, JAFCO

Check out the JAFCO fashion show at: http://youtu.be/9HvDKBBEMoY