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A First For Furne One

The Dubai-based, Filipino designer is headlining this year’s biggest charity gala.
A First For Furne One The Dubai-based, Filipino designer is headlining this year’s biggest charity gala.

Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Kaye Tinga have once again joined efforts to chair a third fashion-driven, charity gala. The events of the previous two years have proven to be successful—Rajo Laurel’s show in 2008 enabled them to buy an ambulance for the Makati branch of the Philippine National Red Cross, while the funds raised from Dennis Lustico’s gala in 2009 helped to jumpstart the Taguig branch of the organization. For “First of One–A Fashion Collection by Furne One,” which will be held on October 9, 2010, 7:00 p.m., at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, the duo are hoping to raise up to two million pesos for various charities.

The Beneficiaries

Majority of the funds earned (about 75% according to Tessa and Kaye) are already earmarked for the Philippine National Red Cross-Rizal Chapter. The rest will be disbursed to various charities under the umbrella of the Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation. Among the causes specially mentioned is raising awareness about Cervical Cancer, which will also involve donating 30-100 free vaccines (about P15,000 for a set) to women who cannot afford it.  

In the same way that they were able to help raise an additional P1,000,000 for “Ondoy” relief efforts last year, the two are also planning to raise additional funds in support of Bantay Kalikasan’s campaign to clean up the Pasig river, by staging a second fashion show the day after the gala. This will be open to the public and proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the environmental organization.

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