I wish I could hug the necks of every single one of our generous guests and selfless sponsors! You came, you shopped and you raised more than $6,000 at the first Fashion & Fortune to Benefit Education Cures!
Thanks to you, Education Cures will be able to provide even more teacher training and proactive education programs for children in Sierra Leone, a West African country that was effected by the recent Ebola outbreak.
The beguiling Camille Sparkman, founder of Articurate, was my co-host the evening of May 4 and I can’t think of anyone else with whom I’d rather run away to a mystical gypsy caravan!
The Buckhead atelier of Gilstrap Edwards Interior Design was transformed as we spirited our two hundred guests away for a night of cocktails, art, fashion and fortune.
Edwards’s work is energetic, vibrant and full of hope, so he was the perfect artist to contribute to this evening centered on raising money and awareness for children and education in Sierra Leone.
Guests had so much fun watching the creative process and Edwards was all smiles as he painted and chatted with onlookers. At the end of the evening, he generously donated the finished piece to Education Cures where it will be enjoyed by children at a school in Sierra Leone!
Party goers mingled underneath a canopy of twinkling lights, red Chinese lanterns, paper stars and vibrant tapestry parasols; shopped a capsule collection of spring fashions by Sandpiper, original artwork from Articurate, and handcrafted jewelry by MWL; and bid on incredible silent auction items.
OneHope Wine’s Melanie Hernquist provided a fun wine tasting experience with a variety of bubbles, whites and reds, which was complimented by delicious savory hors d’oeuvres and sweet bites from my very favorite personal chef and caterer, Sue Snape, founder of Leaf & Loaf.
Stunning photography by Oz Shaw, an African photojournalist, was on display and Shaw captivated guests with stories of his experiences.
SuthinGirl is allll about the swag, so Camille and I made sure our guests left with super cute SuthinGirl totes laden down with the latest blingy smartphone cases from Case-Mate; bottles of water from Allqua; heaps of makeup and skincare goodies from Woo Skincare + Cosmetics and Prima Clinical Skin Care; and the May issues of Jezebel, Modern Luxury Interiors and The Atlantan provided by our media sponsor Modern Luxury.
I know my readers. You’re a generous, gorgeous, big-hearted group of girls. If you weren’t able to join us at the Fashion & Fortune event in Atlanta you’re probably wondering…
It’s easy peasy…Donate or Shop!
Make an online donation at Education Cures or shop online at OneHope Wine and Ukies shoe company and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to Education Cures.
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How would you like to win an Official Fashion & Fortune Swag Bag? A SuthinGirl tote loaded full of makeup and skincare products from Woo Skincare + Cosmetics and Prima Clinical Skin Care, glossy mags from Modern Luxury, delicious Allqua water and a blinged-out Case-Mate iPhone 6s cover?
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