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Laura Swanstrom Reece is a sixteen-year resident of the Washington Metropolitan area, she is a philanthropist and fundraiser at heart. With experience in corporate and grass-roots fundraising, event production on an Olympic scale, and volunteer management, this entrepreneur and member of The Washington Ballet Women's Committee is passionate about supporting the arts and other non-profit organizations that work tirelessly to make change in our nation's capital and beyond.

Fashion Fights Poverty: 6th Annual Fashion Gala

Fashion Fights Poverty (FFP), one the largest non-profit ethical and eco fashion organizations in the United States, and the original eco fashion charity in Washington, DC, will present FFP Raw: The 6th Annual Fashion Gala on Friday, October 15 at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia.

Honoring national and international designers who employ ethical practices in their design and manufacturing processes to create and sustain economic opportunity, FFP provides a forum for dialogue and awareness-building about how fashion, textiles, and design can alleviate poverty and empower communities.

With cutting edge presentations each year, this year’s RAW theme is about nurturing untapped creative energy, asserting creativity over trends, artisanship over mass-production, natural fibers over synthetics, young ideas over cynicism, and opportunity over poverty.  RAW is a return to the “primal” state of making clothes and art for both spiritual nourishment and economic survival.  It is a celebration of fashion not as protection from the elements, but as artistic adornment that expresses a person’s identity and vision of the world.

Proceeds from this year’s benefit will support FFP’s community youth programs including Woodrow Wilson High School and its globally sustainable projects, aimed at creating income-generating or microfinance opportunities for individuals/families/communities in developing countries.

FFP presents Matisse

Tickets are $75 and include private access to selected areas within Artisphere featuring FFP-Inspired Creations, hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar and may be purchased by clicking here.

For questions, send an email to rsvp@fashionfightspoverty.org.

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