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The 82nd annual Academy Awards air this Sunday evening, March 7th. In Hartford, CT., the Academy Awards provide an amazing platform for local socialites and supporters to raise funds for the HIV/AID service providers in Connecticut. People from all across the state gather at Hartford’s DISH restaurant to experience this unique and exciting fashionable fundraiser.

This year I am MOST impressed with CARC’s ability to recognize and celebrate some of our cities own fashion design talent. Oscar evening is an evening in which top designers showcase their creations on stunning celebrities that saunter down the red carpet. On Sunday evening, CARC will recognize the fashion design talent that live among us in our cities and towns. These designers come from our Connecticut fashion design schools, Gibbs College, http://www/gobbscollegenorwalk.edu and NiRo, a school where fashion meets philanthropy (860) 724-6476. NiRo encourages the cities youth to explore their creative spirit through design. This year several designers have come forth and participated in a “PROJECT RUNWAY” type competition for the CARC, Oscar event. The designers have been working on a tight $150 budget and with only 2 weeks to design and create gowns for several of our honored guests. The guests will wear these locally designed gowns on Sunday evening and the designers will be judged on design and creativity. One lucky designer will be chosen as our lucky winner. One lucky bidder will also win a gown designed by our newly crowned top Connecticut Designer. What an exciting tribute to local people, local schooling, local fundraising and local SUPPORT!

In supporting and reaching out to other organizations you build community confidence and trust. I applaud and appreciate community organizations that join forces during a time in which we need to rely on each other more than ever. I am proud to work with organizations that embrace each others strengths and talents and support each other.

Here is a sneak peek of our designers hard at work getting ready for Oscar Night 2010 in Hartford. For more information please check the website http://www.ctaidscoalition.org, tickets are $55, $100 per couple.


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