The fund raising drive which literally translated into ‘hand on heart,’ encouraged locals to make their donations while enjoying live music, fashion shows, various food offerings and a car raffle, at the South Beach Centre, on Sunday.
In the spirit of the event, the Salamander Group which operates The Juggling Fish at the mall immediately volunteered a fashion show with company associates donating their time and energy to make it a total success.
The enthusiastic amateur models showed fashions and accessories from the Lazy Lizard at South Beach Centre, and T.H. Palm & Company outside of Playa Linda Beach Resort. Julie, Gabriela, Martina, Marlene, Joaquin, Ashanti, Nilo & Alma strutted their stuff on the red carpet, just like professional models, as fashion show emcees of Magic 96.5 FM, provided the commentary.
At the end of the show, Man Na Curazon was handed a check by The Salamander Group representatives, only it was not just a one-time deal, as every day, a percentage of sales from two sister stores, The Coconut Trading Co, located at The Village Mall and in the lobby of The Marriott Ocean Club is donated to Fundacion pa Nos Comunidad since November 2009, under The Salamander Group’s Tikkun Olam or Repair the World program. The Salamander Group was among the first island companies, explains Claudie Wegdam of the FPNCAruba, to shoulder its corporate responsibility and give to the benefit of the less fortunate.
Pictured here the on-stage check-presentation at the end of a fantastic fashion show. Among fashions on parade hailing from the Salamander Group stores flowy wrap and sun dresses, rompers, the popular 7 way dress, linen trousers, ruffled tops, straw hats, sunglasses, fun earrings, among them some made of recycled aluminum, bracelets, rings and necklaces, some made of paper beads, under a United Nations Sponsored Program Teaching Women in the Underdeveloped World to earn a living under Fair Trade Agreements, beach bags, embossed leather clutches, coconut shell bags, purses made from recycled newspapers, cuff and earrings hand crafted from leather, fresh water pearl necklaces and earrings, Santiki Island Wear batik sun dresses, organza headbands, oversize fashion watches, and for men plaid and linen shorts, long sleeved cotton and silk shirts, ties crafted from recycled newspapers , and the hit of the season, Biba Lekker shirts, available at T.H. Palm & Company.