Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fashion Fetish Fete Event to Raise Funds for Veteran Support Services While Celebrating Chicago Fashion Leaders’ Humanitarian Achievements

Revamped Image Consulting (RIC), an image enhancement consulting company, announces the First Annual Fashion Fetish Fete (FFF) event that will take place this weekend, September 24th at Chicago’s Park West Venue in Lincoln Park and will be hosted by Aleah Connect of WCIU's Fashion Express. The event will not only award local fashion companies, designers and figures engaging in humanitarian efforts, but will also help raise funds for the Veteran Services offered by The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The event will begin at 6:00 PM (VIP) and conclude at 10 PM. Tickets cost $35/$50 VIP and may be purchased at fashionfetishfete.org.

Each year, FFF spotlights a Chicago-based charitable cause to help increase the awareness of the cause, educate attendees about what can be done to help, and to donate a generous portion of the event’s proceeds to support future programs and endeavors of the charity. This year, FFF will honor The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and its incredible support of our veterans. Its veteran programs range from workforce re-training, job placement, temporary and permanent housing, counseling and more. Additionally, FFF will honor individuals and businesses within Chicago’s fashion industry for their notable humanitarian achievements.

This is an opportunity for business owners with an interest in Chicago’s retail and fashion industry to support Illinois veterans, raise awareness regarding their daily tribulations, and to honor Chicago’s altruistic fashion entities. The philanthropic 2011 event will include a fashion show featuring local designers, an awards ceremony, entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, charitable fundraising, vendor offerings, and a VIP reception. A bonus runway addition will include three to five veterans on the walkway who will unveil their enhanced appearance resulting from a complimentary image make-over by Ravamped Image Consulting. Music will be provided by Obisoulstar and The Eletriqsoul Hideout.

“The first annual Fashion Fetish Fete will be an honor to host. I have seen first-hand through the eyes of my father after Vietnam, the transitional difficulties which can occur as vets try to return to civilian life after serving our country,” commented, Renita S. Manley-Garrett, owner of Revamped Image Consulting. “This event is not only a tribute to him, but to all those who have served our country with their time, their sacrifices, and many…their lives. Please join us as we leverage the inspirations of our local fashion community to support these programs and help ease their transition as our show of our gratitude.”

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, “Veterans are twice as likely as other Americans to become chronically homeless.” Furthermore, the top reason cited for this statistic is the “lack of income due to limited education and lack of transferable skills from military to civilian life (especially true of younger veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan).”

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available to local companies ranging from Goodie Bag inclusion to event marketing and advertising partnerships. Please contact renita@fashionfetishfete.org for more information about sponsoring the event.

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