Penn Yan, NY (PressExposure) April 06, 2012 -- Medical uniform manufacturer and retailer Sassy Scrubs was recently announced as a proud 'Featured Retailer' for a unique event supporting Chinese orphans. The Families with Children from China (FCC-Rochester) Teen Group is coordinating the Year of the Dragon Fashion Show for Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the School of the Arts in Rochester, NY.
The fashion show will feature contemporary Chinese and Chinese-American fashion designers, as well as traditional and historical Chinese costumes. The FCC teens, with help from students from the Chinese Students Association at the University of Rochester, are working on logistics and will model the clothes at the event.
The goal of the event is to raise money for educational and vocational opportunities for teenage orphans who are approaching an age where they will be turned out of institutional care and have to fend for themselves. Sassy Scrubs spearheads its own efforts for this same worthy cause through their Orphan Hope Market store. Sassy Scrubs Owner, Karen Bradley states, "We do our best to provide support to China's orphans and supporting educational and vocational programs helps to insure a bright future for these children."
Teenagers living in Chinese orphanages, or Social Welfare Institutes (SWIs), must often leave their institutions at only 16-18 years of age. They face a bleak future, trying to make their way with no family support and minimal education or work skills. The teens from FCC-Rochester are determined to help as they can. FCC Rochester is a non-profit (501(c) (3)) organization of adoptive families in upstate New York. Most of the FCC teenagers were adopted from China as little ones and feel compassion for their orphanage mates who had to remain behind. The fashion show event will benefit Half the Sky's Million Rainbows program, which offers mentoring and educational assistance and vocational training to older orphans living in China's SWIs, to contribute the funds they raise.
The girls in the FCC-Rochester Teen Group want to showcase Chinese heritage and have turned to the many famous Chinese-American fashion designers to help with runway apparel and donations of accessories for raffle items. "We're even featuring some C-Pop music on the runway and will have Chinese fashions and merchandise for sale in the lobby of the theatre," explained Anna Lazeski, a 16-year-old who has been working on the show since the summer with her friends.
The group will be featuring Sassy Scrubs' kid's scrubs during the fashion show. They have also received donations and loans of apparel from many generous designers, such as Vera Wang, Suzy Chin Maggy Boutique, Joseph Altuzarra, Kathrine Kwei, Red Thread Designs of Toronto, and Kim's Fashions in Boston. Kohl's has generously agreed to let the group model six ensembles from their Simply Vera ready-to-wear line. One Enchanted Evening is lending them Christina Wu bridal designs, and the Country Ewe in Canandaigua, NY is loaning the group Samuel Dong, Clara Sun Woo, and Grace Chuang fashions. Many of the Teen Group members waited in a line outside of a local Target store (in the 30-degree weather) starting at 6:00 a.m. in order to add Jason Wu to the list of featured celebrity designers!
For more information about Sassy Scrubs and their medical uniforms, including kid's scrubs, please visit them at http://sassyscrubs.com/sassy_scrubs.php. For more information about the FCC-Rochester Teen Group Fashion Show, contact Mary Hammele, Co-Chairperson Teen Group Fashion Show at bolegao @ rochester.rr.com