Saturday, November 05, 2011

GMHC: Fashion Forward (November 17,2011)

Bank of America presents Fashion Forward
The World's Top Designers come together for
GMHC's Annual Charity Fashion Event

Tracee Ellis Ross and Brad Goreski to emcee; Julie Macklowe to accept inaugural
Style Vault Award

International women's and men's fashion designers, including Jean Paul Gaultier,
Thom Browne, to feature fall 2011 runway collections
New York, NY--Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) will host its fifth annual Fashion Forward, at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th Street). Actress and philanthropist Tracee Ellis Ross and fashion celebrity, Brad Goreski are the evening's emcees. Fashion maven and successful entrepreneur, Julie Macklowe, will be honored with the inaugural Style Vault Award, for being a highly committed philanthropist and lending her voice to HIV/AIDS awareness. Bank of America has once again, generously come on board for the fourth year as Fashion Forward's presenting sponsor. GMHC is the nation's oldest HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services provider. 

Fashion Forward brings together international renowned fashion designers, seven of whom will present their Spring/Summer 2012 collections and Jean Paul Gaultier will present archival looks from past seasons. The designer lineup includes: Chris Benz, Thom Browne, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marlon Gobel, Sally LaPointe, Zang Toi, Timo Weiland and VPL. Each collection will be presented in its own distinctive vignette and style. "GMHC is an organization that has been a beacon of hope for the community since before AIDS was widely understood. For that and for being there before the rest of the world came around, I love and appreciate GMHC," said designer Timo Weiland.

Famed actress Tracee Ellis Ross of BET's, "Reed Between the Line" and fashion stylist Brad Goreski of Bravo TV's, "It's a Brad Brad World" will take the stage to emcee Fashion Forward for the first time. "This year, Fashion Forward turns five and we are thrilled to inaugurate a new tradition, the Style Vault Award to New York business woman and philanthropist Julie Macklowe," said Marjorie J. Hill, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of GMHC."The award will be presented annually to an individual or company who embodies the highest levels of distinctive style and compassionate philanthropy."

GMHC has been at the forefront in the fight against AIDS since the very beginning.  In the summer of 1981, a group of six gay men gathered in a New York apartment to address the"gay cancer" and raise money for research.  Over the next 30 years, GMHC has continued to lead the fight through its activism, nationally recognized AIDS Walks, innovative HIV prevention and testing programs, and comprehensive care services including legal services, mental health support and nutritious meals--all offered free of charge to more than 11,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Fashion Forward has also received a tremendous amount of support from the corporate community, with Bank of America returning as Presenting Sponsor for the fourth consecutive year.  "GMHC has had an immeasurable impact on the LGBT community in New York City," said Jeff Barker, New York City President, Bank of America.  "Fashion Forward has become a critical funding source for the organization, which speaks to the importance of continued support from corporate partners."

The evening will consist of a cocktail reception, a luxury silent auction and three exclusive live auction prizes presented by the Design Hotel Group, Preferred Hotels & Resort and theKiwi Collection. To purchase tickets or make a donation, please click here or call (212) 367-1389.



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