LIM Fashion Education Foundation 2nd Annual Fearless Event Honoring Vanessa Willliams.
The LIM Fashion Education Foundation (FEF), which provides scholarships to students studying the business of fashion, has announced that Vanessa Williams will be honored at the 2nd Annual Fearless Event on Saturday, October 17, 2009 7-9 p.m.
To be held at Ports 1961 (601 West 26th St. - Suite 875), the LIM FEF Fearless Event recognizes a person who has had the courage to take on challenges and make the most of his or her talents in the pursuit of success. The proceeds from this year’s Fearless Event will provide scholarships to LIM College students. Vanessa Williams is currently performing in ABC-TV’s hit show Ugly Betty as scheming fashionista Wilhelmina Slater, a role for which she has earned critical acclaim and an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In addition to her Emmy nomination, Williams has also earned two NAACP Image Awards as Outstanding Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a comedy series for her portrayal of Wilhelmina Slater. The role has also garnered her a Teen Choice Award for TV Villain.
Her albums The Right Stuff, The Comfort Zone and The Sweetest Days earned multiple Grammy nominations. She was also nominated for a Grammy for her single “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s Pocahontas, which went on to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and the Grammy for Best Song in a Motion Picture. Other recordings include two holiday albums, Star Bright and Silver & Gold, plus Vanessa Williams’ Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years and Everlasting Love. In 1994 Williams took Broadway by storm when she replaced Chita Rivera in Kiss of the Spider Woman, winning the hearts of critics and becoming a box-office sensation. She also garnered rave reviews and was nominated for a Tony Award for the 2002 revival of Into the Woods, headlined a limited special engagement of the classic Carmen Jones at the Kennedy Center, and starred in the Encore! Series staged concert production of St. Louis Woman. On the feature film front, Williams can be seen in Hannah Montana: The Movie, opposite teen sensation Miley Cyrus.
In announcing this year’s LIM FEF Fearless Event honoring Vanessa Williams, Jacquelyn Wenzel, Vice President of the LIM FEF and President of Ports 1961 said, “We are excited to honor Vanessa Williams. She is one of the entertainment world’s most multi-faceted, respected, and talented performers. Her career spans acting, singing, and dancing and she performs on stage, in film and on television. She has truly been fearless in taking on each new challenge throughout her career.”
“As a graduate of LIM College, I am very pleased that Ports 1961 is again the lead sponsor and host for this wonderful event to for the benefit of the students of LIM College,” Ms. Wenzel concluded.
Michael Palladino, a member of the LIM Fashion Education Foundation’s Board of Trustees, is chairing this year’s event. He says, “We expect the LIM FEF Fearless Event to be a beautiful and exciting evening. I can think of few people who deserve this honor more than Vanessa Williams does. She epitomizes fearlessness.” Last year’s LIM FEF Fearless Event honored Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post.
For tickets to the LIM FEF Fearless Event honoring Vanessa Williams contact Katie Fitzgerald at 212.752.1530 Ext. 280 or email@example.com
Founded in 1977, the LIM Fashion Education Foundation (FEF) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization which provides scholarships and grants to deserving students who wish to attend LIM College. Contributions to the FEF go directly to LIM College students.
LIM College, the nation’s only college focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, offers Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management; Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in Fashion Merchandising, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship. The College provides a well-rounded education through the combination of in-class instruction and required fashion industry internships. LIM College was founded in 1939 and has been witness to every significant change in the retail and fashion industry for seven decades. LIM College alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including Coach, Jones Apparel, Kenneth Cole Productions, Liz Claiborne, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
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Ports 1961 601 West 26th street New York, NY.
250 for VIP 150 for general admission.
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