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.
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.
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.