On Sunday, November 18, Froomz team members once again gave back to the community by participating in Philippine International Aid’s (PIA) 11th Holiday Haute Couture fundraiser which took place at the fabulous grand ballroom of the Hyatt Embarcadero. The event, which featured a bazaar, silent auction and fashion show spotlighting the designs of Patis Tesoro, was graced by over 850 community and business leaders from around the SF Bay Area.
Known world-wide for her immaculately embroidered, beaded, and hand-painted gowns and dress shirts made of piña (a gossamer-thin fabric woven from pineapple fibers), Patis Tesoro is also an environmentalist and activist who almost single-handedly revitalized the natural dye and embroidery industry of several Philippine indigenous tribes.
In the spirit of the holiday season all proceeds from the event went to disadvantaged Filipino youth in the Philippines and in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The silent auction included luxurious packages from donors like Joie de Vivre Hospitality, E&O Asian Kitchen, Silver and Plum Jewelry, Gastronomique en Vogue, the Asian Art Museum, and the San Francisco Four Seasons Hotel. Froomz advisor and PIA Executive Director James Lim kicked off the show with introductions of the PIA Board of Directors. Masters of Ceremony Diane Dwyer and Lloyd LaCuesta introduced Teddy Diaz de Rivera who presented the recipients of this year’s PIA-Wells Fargo Scholarship Program, followed by a musical performance by guest artist and 2003 Shanghai Music Festival Best Male Performer, Divo Bayer.
Capping the event was the fashion show, choreographed by celebrity fashion & stage director Ogee Atos. Original designs featuring the technical construction genius of embroidery, beading, and pattern/print mixing that could only be considered couture pounded down the runway on a gorgeous cast of children, male, and female models – including Froomz’s own Christina Dunham, who sits on the PIA event planning committee.
For additional information regarding PIA and the fashions shown during the event visit www.phil-aid.org.