LamanBlu to Participate in “Fashion Passion,” a Benefit for the Women and Children of Pakistan

This November 2nd charity event at Pinehurst Country Club is produced by FGI of Denver and the Women’s Development Association (WDA).

Denver, CO, October 14, 2010 --( Fashion Group International of Denver (FGI of Denver) is honored to announce Fashion Passion, a Luncheon, Runway Show and Boutique on November 2, 2010, to benefit the Women’s Development Association’s (WDA) education and training program in the ghettos of Lahore, Pakistan. The magnitude of the impact of educating one indigent woman in her country is best said by Josna Azim of the WDA project in Pakistan, "to educate a man is to educate a person, but to educate a woman is to educate a family, and, ultimately, a nation." WDA’s Aroona Shahrukh, from Lahore, Pakistan, will be their guest speaker and Colorado’s favorite, Molly Hughes, is the Honorary Chair.

Join FGI, WDA, LamanBlu and other local designers in eradicating illiteracy among the poorest of poor and support the WDA Promise: One Woman, One Year, On Hundred Dollars, which is the amount needed to sponsor one person for a year.

Holiday apparel, accessories and jewelry from 15 Colorado designers will be featured on the runway and available for guests shopping pleasure in the Boutique before and after the luncheon. Runway models will be showcasing stunning Holiday Designs created specifically for this event. Pakistani dresses and accessories will be displayed for viewing enjoyment and purchase. Show your Fashion Passion and get a head start on your holiday shopping. A portion of your shopping spree will be given to WDA’s mission.

“We are honored to be participating in this event,” says Holli Gibson, designer for LamanBlu. “We have a passion for supporting women and children everywhere and FGI and WDA are planning such a special day for everyone involved.”

This charity event is open to the public and will begin at 11:00 AM at the beautiful Pinehurst Country Club. Tickets include the Luncheon, Runway Show and Fashion Boutique. Prices are $40 per person, or $75 for VIP Runway Seating. Advanced registration is required through , keyword:fgiwda. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible. In addition, donation envelopes will be available at the tables to support the WDA Promise. Can’t attend but want to contribute? has a link just for you. Thank you from the grateful women and children of Lahore.

WDA is a non-governmental 501c3 organization based in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The mission of WDA is to help educate, train and support women and children in third world nations through literacy, basic mathematics and health education, vocational training and economic development opportunities. WDA began working in Pakistan in 2000 and has educated over 3,000 women and children to date. This program is on-going and produces marked improvement in approximately 400 women and 150 children per year.

FGI of Denver, winner of the coveted Special Event Award for RISING STAR2009 FASHION BY DESIGN Runway Gala, is the premiere authority on Fashion in Colorado. The FGI members who will be featured on the Runway are: Holli Gibson/LamanBlu, Brooks, Ltd, Maggie Burns, Eulanda Sanders, Andrea Li, Carol Engel-Enright, Melissa May, Natalee Moldenhauer, Samantha Larkins, Gino Velardi, Rustin Coburn / DVLP, Susan Ware, Stephanie Ohnmacht, Lisa Ramfjord Elstun and Wendy Weil.

Additional members on display in the boutique are Enuma Duhu and Gabriela Martinez, both with apparel.

Kristin Caldwell
(720) 837-1452