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L.P.F Projects is organizing “A Walk to Remember: Love 4Japan Project: The Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster Relief” benefit show on Oct. 23, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Seven Sushi Lounge, 700 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
The event combines a diverse group of young, talented people to create fabulous fashion and art events to raise money for people in need. It is designed to give back to the community and provide opportunity for artists while also having fun.
The event is cosponsored by Seven Sushi Lounge and The Model Boutique. Participating designers and entertainers include STYL Designers with Mae Lee, Allilamodie Original Clothes, Khampasith Davison, Mia Vo Collections, Republic Of Couture, On Pont Productions, Sansei Yonsei Kai Dance Group, and DJ DrummaBoi from The Blue ink Promotional Group, LLC.
“With the generous love and support from the Twin Cities, I believe that the event will be fabulous and the most important thing is that together we can make great things happen for Japan,” said lead organizer MiMi Nguyen, founder of L.P.F Projects.
Donations raised will be provided to relief through the Japan America Society of Minnesota.
Ben van Lierop, executive director, said JASM will receive funds generated from this event for the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami fund.
“We will then send the funds to the relief organizations that are working in Japan,” he added. “In this way, JASM serves as a sponsor for the event.”
Nguyen is a member of JASM and so decided to work with the organization that already has an established with communities and organizations involved with relief efforts. People wanting to make a donation can choose a pre-screened organization to support online at www.mn-japan.org.
Nguyen has worked in the fashion industry since she was 16 years old, starting in print modeling and Twin Cities runway fashion show. Now at age 22, she has moved behind the scenes to gain more experience and does a lot of volunteering.
More recently, Nguyen began producing her own fashion shows to help promote new local stores or boutiques. To combine her career with her social consciousness, Nguyen established L.P.F Projects, a diverse collective of young, talented people to create a fabulous fashion/art event to raise money for people in need. The most important thing to us is to give back to the community and provide opportunity for others while having fun.
Nguyen said as many people recall the events of March 11, 2011 were tragic beyond belief and that as the world witnessed the well earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, we all carry painful concerns and want to do something for the many victims and lives destroyed by the catastrophe.
“I can’t imagine being in their shoes, to watch your house and hometown destroyed in front of your eyes,” said Nguyen. “Such an overwhelming feeling of sadness swept over me seeing the Japanese people struggle in such a heartbreaking and difficult time, and still trying to survive in the aftermath.
Rather than expressing sorrow and turning away from the television and back to her life, Nguyen said there must be a better way to show people in need that she cares enough to be there for them.
As with many artists, Nguyen wanted to use her passion and skill to create, and add the love of fashion that defines who she is by creating L.P.F Projects. She said the project works by bring together a combination of talented people in the spirit of giving.
“I believe that in every moment of life there is a chance to take a step closer to your dreams,” said Nguyen. “But, in order for you to get where you want to be in life you have to give back a little, by creating an opportunity for others.”
“With this direction one can find a way to give yourself opportunities too,” she added. “I am proud to announce our first fashion/art charity event ‘A Walk to Remember: Love 4Japan Project’.”
Tickets are available online at www.vitalculture.com/events/detail/1479. Find out more about the event with MiMi Nguyen, founder of L.P.F. Projects, at 612-423 7312, email [email protected] or visit www.LPFprojects.com.