Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Kaye Tinga seem to have mastered the art of organizing successful charity events with their now annual Red Cross Ball. The former revealed how much easier it was to sell the P10,000 per head tables and secure donations this time around.
“It helped that Michael Cinco is a recognizable name,” Tessa shared. “People instantly knew who he was when I told them who would be showing a collection this year and they were excited to see his work.” This was in contrast to last year’s show with Furne One who, although his work is equally awe-inspiring, was not a familiar name yet in the country.
A number of sponsors from the previous years signed up for the event again. “We’ve established a great relationship with our sponsors and it was great to see a lot of familiar faces here again tonight,” said a chuffed Tessa. And while she couldn’t tell us exactly how much they’d raised, the estimate is about four million pesos, she did say that apart from supporting the Rizal and Taguig chapters of the Philippine National Red Cross, there’s enough money to send to the National headquarters too. The Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation will also be receiving a donation, the school is currently making efforts to aid the evacuees in San Simon, Pampanga, and neighboring towns that were severly affected by Typhoon Pedring. Proud of how much they raised, she mentioned that they are looking to allocate funds towards Bantay Bata and other charitable institutions that need help.
As for the 2012 Red Cross Ball, plans seem to already be underway. “I’ve already talked to the designer,” she said with a secretive smile. “Basta, he’s formerly Dubai-based as well and his work is also really amazing.” We’re sure you won’t have any trouble guessing who that might be.