23 March, 2007 21:37

It is stylish to help – 200 thousand dollars for the Fashion AID collection!!!

22 of March 2007, as a result of the biggest in Ukrainian history charitable auction, organized by Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation and Network of People living with HIV/AIDS, 203 260 USD were raised for the needs of HIV positive orphans and their foster families. Fashion AID collection, created by 30 well known Ukrainian designers and presented in March 19, on the catwalk of Ukrainian Fashion Week – UFW, was introduced for the biddings. The participants of the auction were fighting for each lot. As a result – starting prices grew in 128 times during the biddings!
It is stylish to help – 200 thousand dollars for the Fashion AID collection!!! / Elena Pinchuk Foundation

At the opening of the auction, Elena Pinchuk said: «My foundation has been already working for 3 years. All that time many people told me that we’re doing very good and important things. Many of you said that you’re ready to help. Today it’s your chance. You can help. And it’s not me, neither my foundation who needs your help. You can help the smallest and the most fragile ones, you can help those children, who are waiting for your attention».

The dress, created by Kristina Gusina, was the most expensive and sensational lot of the auction, sold for 55 thousand dollars. Works of Ukrainian Designers have never been sold for such a high price. Starting price of this lot has grown 1 100 times. Dresses of Irina Karavay and Anne Babenko were sold for 24 and 25 thousand dollars. The other dresses were sold for the price from 500 to 15 000 USD. The total sum raised during the bids for 30 dresses summed up to 192 200 dollars.  

Irina Danilevskaya, head of the organizational committee of UFW said: «I am happy and proud because the works of our designers were priced so high. For the first time in the history of Ukrainian fashion, such huge sums were paid for the works of our designers. It’s also great that designers didn’t take the auction’ biddings as a competition. I am very thankful to all our designers, who made their input for the Fashion AID project. It was great job».

Those who didn’t participate in the “fight” for designer dresses had a lot of possibilities to make their contribution. The whole exhibition of fashionable and pretty things had been waiting for them and guests and participants of the auction paid for them with pleasure. Children’ paintings – compositions of palm prints, made by HIV positive kids, were the most moving displays of the exhibition. The biggest picture was sold for 1 500 USD. Children clothes, provided by Sela brand, and children shoes, provided by the KIDDITOP trading network were very popular as well. Ten HIV positive orphan kids from Makeyevka and Kiev will get new outfits – set of clothes and two pairs of shoes each.  Guests were also buying with pleasure stylish T-shirts and bracelets. 11 060 USD were raised during the auction, out of the biddings.  

Totally, at the charity eve there were raised 203 260 USD. ANTIAIDS Foundation is planning to report carefully about each cent raised during the auction.  

For detailed information, please, contact Pavel Piminov, Communications Director, Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation on e-mail: P.Piminov@antiaids.orgContact phone number: +38 (044) 490 4805.

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