Portland, June 30th.  In an effort for the Sunflower Children’s Foundation to expand its Northwest presence, a Portland Fashion Auction Compassion Event (FACE) was held at the Wieden + Kennedy Building on 13th street in Portland.  John Curley, Lindsay Van Bramer, Terry Porter, Mary Lytle and Timber’s owner Merritt Paulson smile for a photo to celebrate the success of the event.  The night began with a silent auction, a photo booth, various food and drink stands, and wine tasting supplied by Majestic Fine Wines.  Following this, the crowd was excited and ready to watch the main event of the night: a fashion show featuring Summer 2012 styles.

Annette Troutman, Boris Jenkins, Nina McLaughlin and Angela Gardner enjoy the view from the second floor.

Annette Troutman, Boris Jenkins, Nina McLaughlin and Angela Gardner enjoy the view from the second floor.

Renee Taylor and Rachel Dean smile together after exploring the venue.

Renee Taylor and Rachel Dean smile together after exploring the venue.

Elyse King-Guffey, Mira Petrillo and Lily Everett volunteer at the front door to help greet the guests.

Elyse King-Guffey, Mira Petrillo and Lily Everett volunteer at the front door to help greet the guests.

Option Model Media supplied all the models, while Orange Studio did hair.  Kevin Lennox was the fashion show coordinator.  Later on in the night, dessert was served and a live auction was held where golf with Terry Porter was featured as one of the live auction items!

The wonderful ladies who coordinated for this event, Lindsay Van Bramer and Mary Lytle, smile together to celebrate the success of their event!

The ladies who coordinated for this event, Lindsay Van Bramer and Mary Lytle, smile together to celebrate the success of the event!

FACE is a non-governmental organization that is run completely by volunteers and put on by the Sunflower Children’s Foundation. Their goal is to reduce hunger worldwide.  FACE held four successful events in Seattle before deciding to add an event in Portland.  The Sunflower Children’s Foundation was founded by model Helena Houdova.

Amy Homan and Robyn Woodman laugh after a fun time in the photo booth!

Amy Homan and Robyn Woodman laugh after a fun time in the photo booth!

Guests enjoy the silent auction on the first floor at the start of the night!

Guests enjoy the silent auction on the first floor at the start of the night!

Kelley Dulcich, Annie Petrillo and Valerie O'Brien enjoy the silent auction items.

Kelley Dulcich, Annie Petrillo and Valerie O’Brien enjoy the silent auction items.

Gabrielle Karras and Mary Welch enjoy the event on the wood bleachers and love the cause.

Gabrielle Karras and Mary Welch enjoy the event on the wood bleachers and love the cause.

In conjunction with the event coordinators, Lindsay Van Bramer and Mary Lytle, Ace Hotel, SightWorks, Mike Zupans, Merritt Paulson and many other generous organizations and people. The event raised just over $35,000 which pleased organizers!

The FACE has two main beneficiaries, The Island of Hope Orphanage and Education Center in India and the Thembelihle Home in South Africa.  The Island of Hope Orphanage and Education Center provides support for the abandoned and displaced children of the 2004 Tsunami.  The Thembelihle Home is a safe haven for children between the ages of six and sixteen who have left their homes because of their own abandonment or because of abuse.  FACE contributes homes and meals, education and supplies, and vaccinations and health care to The Island of Hope Orphanage and Education Center, and they contribute health-care, clothing, education and supplies to The Thembelihle Home.  In addition to these beneficiaries, this particular FACE event held special focus on The Oregon Food Bank.  Non-perishable goods were collected at the check-in station in exchange for a free drink ticket!

For more information, visit the FACE or The Sunflower Children’s Foundation homepage:

http://www.faceportland.org/

http://sunflowerchildrenseattle.org/

Story by Genevieve Reaume

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