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Amanda Ivarra is a graduate of Texas A&M University. After graduating with a degree in Health, she moved to Austin and started working for a national non-profit organization. She spent 5 years coordinating community events and programs. After leaving the organization, she started to focus on her creative pursuits. Currently, she is working on developing her own jewelry line. Writing has always been a hobby for Amanda. For most of her life, she’s kept journals. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to take her writing public and began blogging and guest blogging. The one thing this girl can’t live without is music. Not really one to sing or play an instrument, she just loves music. Perhaps, it’s the songwriting that she admires so much or a good beat that she can dance to. Whether she’s attending a concert with friends, hanging out with the guys watching sports, volunteering in the community, hiking or visiting the newest places in town, Amanda lives to enjoy life. But, nothing brings more joy to her than being able to make someone smile or laugh!

Recap: Fashion For Compassion Benefiting Austin Children’s Shelter

Mercedes-Benz of Austin presented the high-profile, high-style “Fashion for Compassion” with Saks Fifth Avenue benefiting the Austin Children’s Shelter (ACS) on Friday, March 23rd.  The event included a fashion show featuring runway appearances by prominent Austinites, delicious tastings, a live auction and lots of shopping.

Johanna Adkins & Constance Dykhuizen (Photo Credit: Amanda Ivarra)

This annual fashion show brings together donors and supporters of the Austin Children’s Shelter and the local fashion community.  Together, they raise funds for the programs and services provided by ACS.

The evening was emceed by event co-chairs Charmaine McGill and Dr. John Hogg with opening remarks made by Kelly White and Carmine Salvucci of Austin Children’s Shelter.

Prior to the runway show, a live auction was held.  It included several auction packages for the fashion lover including tickets and travel accommodations to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York and admission to the “Fashion Star” finale party at Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills.

But, the highlight of the evening was a runway show that featured many well-known Austinites and their families showcasing spring’s chicest styles.  From resort wear to evening wear, the show highlighted an array of Saks Fifth Avenue designers.  Guests were also treated with a special event Look Book and gift bag.

Graciously hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue, the company also generously donated 10 percent of purchases made from March 22nd until the 24th when the Austin Children’s Shelter name was mentioned.

Sofia Avila (Photo Credit: Amanda Ivarra)

While fashion lit up the runway, compassion is what lights up the work of the Austin Children’s Shelter.  Since 1984, ACS has provided a safe home and supportive services for children, youth and young adults from birth to 22 who have experienced significant loss, trauma, abuse and/or neglect in their lives.  In a stable, safe and home-like environment, they provide medical care and therapy and teach positive coping skills and responsible decision making.  The impact they make in the lives of children and youth can be seen when they learn to trust again or learn to believe in themselves.  To help change the young lives of those affected by abuse and neglect, please visit the organization’s website.

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