Written by Joyce Philippe
Runway for Relief was an evening that not only raised funds for those affected by Hurricane Matthew but served as a celebration of Haitian culture in all mediums. The power of creative collaboration was in full effect at Friday night’s event where Haitian designers showcased their talents and watched their clothing come to life on the runway. Acclaimed supermodel Tico Armand and Haitian artist and activist Mecca aka Grimo hosted the fashion show set at Miami’s Little Haiti Cultural Center.
The featured designers of the night were My Cliché, Labelle Couture, Cultured Revolution, Claire Gilles, Adjanie, and Fabien Jewelers. The high energy of each collection was matched by performances from both local and international musicians, including Choppa Zoe, GV, and Kompa group K-ZINO. Haitian American Productions also graced the stage with their hilarious comedic acts and sketches. During intermissions, the audience had the opportunity to participate in raffles for the chance of winning an item from each fashion collection. All proceeds were donated to Man Dodo Humanitarian Foundation INC., a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive sustainable change in the Haitian Community.
The group has been working feverishly to serve the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The Haitian-American Hurricane Matthew Haiti Relief Efforts Team operations started on October 3rd. On October 12th, the Haitian American Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort deployed its first team of 30+ medical professionals to Haiti and the group is currently raising funds for their second trip scheduled Nove,ber 9th to Les Cayes and Jeremie.
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