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Monday, September 27, 2010

Afghan Hands Fundraiser

I am back from London fashion week and completely exhausted. Between prepping for my men's shoot for IDOL magazine and the men's shows I am almost cracked out. Needless to say I needed a day off to decompress.

Today, I wanted to bring to your attention an organization dedicated in empowering Afghan widows by offering them independence in the form of an education and a decent wage. When Celebrity makeup artist Matin Maulawizada founded the organization in 2005, there were five women in the program and now Matin has been able to personally change the lives of over 200 Afghan widows. On September 30, 2010, Afghan Hands and Orlane will hold a cocktail in memory of Naz Toloui—former Vice President of Orlane, Paris, the first board member of Afghan Hands, and the New York Launch of the Nazaneen Toloui Foundation—to raise money for Afghan Hands and increase awareness of the dire situation endured by many women in Afghanistan. Because it takes $10,000 per month to maintain the Afghan Hands program, we hope to raise $30,000 to help the organization expand and include even more Afghan widows in the program.

The event will be held at the Longchamp store in Soho hosted by Claire Danes and Cynthia Nixon. Individual tickets will be sold for $125 and group tickets for 10 will be sold for $1,000. The purchaser of a group ticket will receive one of the following gifts:

o Private makeup lesson with celebrity makeup artist Matin Maulawizada

o Orlane, Paris gift basket

o Cut and style with Ted Gibson

o Gift certificate for a treatment with Isabelle Bellis

o Styling session with Jacqui Stafford, Executive Style Director of Shape Magazine

o Chef's 5-course tasting menu dinner for 2 people at SD26 Restaurant & Wine Bar

o Emanuel Ungaro gift certificate

o Longchamp gift certificate

o Three private Pilates-based fitness sessions with celebrity trainer Andrea Mitchell

If anyone is interested in purchasing a ticket please let me know. It's for a good cause. See you there!

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