GREENWICH, Conn. -- Volunteer models hit the catwalk at Saks Fifth Avenue in Greenwich, exhibiting some of the latest fashions while raising funds and awareness for Westport-based Save the Children’s relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The holiday benefit, “A Festive Evening on the Avenue,” was hosted Dec. 5 by Saks Fifth Avenue and Save the Children’s Greenwich Leadership Council, which supports Save the Children through awareness, advocacy and fundraising.
Attendees also had the chance to get makeovers and do holiday shopping, with all ticket sales from the event and 10 percent of shopping proceeds going to Save the Children’s Typhoon Haiyan relief.
“The Greenwich Leadership Council is so fortunate to have such a strong base in Greenwich to support Save the Children, especially in times of crisis,” Angelique Bell, president of Save the Children’s Greenwich Leadership Council, said in a statement.
“The evening was a tremendous success once again thanks to Saks and their amazing leadership, and this year’s chair, Deanna Bastianich, did an outstanding job, from recruiting stunning local philanthropist models, to creating a wonderful environment, which put people in a festive and generous mood. Gary Shayes from Save the Children also gave an insightful perspective on the depth of the crisis in the Philippines, and why the need there is so great.”
Save the Children has worked in the Philippines for 30 years and was one of the first international humanitarian agencies on the ground after the typhoon hit. Within a week, the global relief and development organization had flown in more than 100 tons of aid, including shelter, hygiene and health equipment, from three continents.
Access to people in need was severely limited due to damaged roads, fallen trees, debris, and the destruction of airports. But as of Nov. 29, Save the Children had already reached more than 40,000 people with assistance. It also plans to reach more than 760,000 people, including more than 522,000 children, with its efforts focused on the badly hit areas of Leyte, Capiz and Iloilo provinces.
Since Typhoon Haiyan, Save the Children has raised $7.2 million toward its typhoon relief efforts.
To support Save the Children’s response to ongoing needs, donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Children’s Relief Fund by visiting savethechildren.org/haiyan or text DONATE to 20222 to donate $10 to the typhoon relief fund from your mobile phone.