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Catwalk for a cause

SAN FRANCISCO - The Pilipino Senior Resource Center (PSRC), a 501(c)(3) a nonprofit organization that serves Filipino Seniors and families and Filipina Breast Cancer Clients/ Survivors residing in the South of Market District and other areas in San Francisco, along with the San Francisco Bay Area Ateneans (SFBAA), Share and Give and Ms. Gia Galicia will hold a Catwalk for Cause on Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:00pm at Fort McKinley Restaurant. The event is also sponsored by TFC- The Filipino Channel, Lifestyle Network – The TFC Premium Channel,and Delegata.

Catwalk for a Cause is hoping to raise funds to help two underprivileged Filipino groups, the Breast Cancer patients and survivors of San Francisco and the orphaned and street children in Manila, Philippines. Proceeds will be given to both Precious Heritage Orphanage for the orphaned and street children in the Philippines, and to PSRC’s Filipina Breast Cancer Support Services.

Gia Galicia is a Filipina fashion designer who loves doing charity fashion shows that raises money for charitable causes. She created the Share+Give Initiative to help make the world a better place by raising funds for the breast cancer victims and initiatives supporting children in foster care. She requested her friends to donate designer items, which will be auctioned off, together with some of her donation. Galicia assembled her friends, who were kind enough to donate designer item, which include Monique Lhuillier, Tadashi Shoji, Rebecca Taylor, Black Halo, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Coach, Furla, and D&G. Moreover, Galicia’s fashion designer friends also pitched in like Otsirave by Carlo Evaristo, Adrine Karapetyan, Rolando Carlin, Yennie Lam, and Eva Mejl. “Let us be one in giving and sharing a hope to our less fortunate fellows,” said Gia Galicia. “Each money you give is a tomorrow for these cancer survivors and foster cared children."

The SF Bay Area Ateneans was created to keep SF Bay Area Ateneans connected through Facebook and LinkedIn for networking purposes, find common interests, enjoy each other's company, and be of service to each other, other Filipino-Americans and Filipinos in the Philippines. Its goal is to bring the core values and a sense of the Ateneo community here in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are currently over 300 members in Facebook, all aiming to be better in all that they do (Magis), to be men and women for others for the greater glory of God (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam)

The mission of the Pilipino Senior Resource Center (PSRC is to provide comprehensive quality services for at-risk Pilipino Seniors and their families living in the South of Market area and surrounding neighborhood and counties of San Francisco where there are large Filipino populations. It was founded by Isidra Macaraeg in January 2006. In 2007, PSRC began subcontracting with Asian Pacific Advocates (APA) to provide Family Hotline Services. In 2008, PSRC was granted funding by the AVON Foundation and San Francisco General Hospital Foundation in order to provide comprehensive support services to breast cancer patients and survivors. Eventually, PSRC was also able to receive funding from To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2016, PSRC was awarded funding from the Asian Pacific Family Resource Network (APIFRN) for caregiver/parenting classes and family advocacy. PSRC serves over 800 clients annually, and that number continues to increase each year.

Catwalk for a Cause will be hosted by Cecile Gregorio Ascalon, the Executive Director of the Pilipino Senior Resource Center (PSRC). The event opens with the silent auction and cocktails from a no-host bar. A Filipino buffet dinner follows, while by DJ Gilby and live performers provide the entertainment. The main event of the evening is a Fashion Show featuring clothes by Gia Galicia and other esteemed designers. Dancing and conclusion of the silent auction will wrap up the evening.

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