If you are looking for something to do Saturday, this is a great benefit. Pipeline will be there and live -streaming the fashion show and activities at Qik.ccom/Pdxpipeline. Tune in Saturday at 9PM
From the press release:
Portland, OR — On February 28th, the Benson Hotel is presenting For Alec: A Fashion Benefit for Alexander Martinez to raise money for the Martinez family while their son undergoes treatment for a very rare brain tumor.
To help the Martinez family with their increasing medical expenses, Semper Fashion and Christina Weber, Photographer, with support from LAIKA, have teamed up to present a benefit fashion show in the Benson Hotel's Mayfair Ballroom.
Many of Portland's hottest designers will be featured, including women's lines from Emilia Kaye, janeane marie, and Sarah Seven; lingerie from R.A.W.; accessories by Lux Jewelry and Beauty and the Bead; and menswear from DIMITRI and local boutique, Haberdashers. The show will be topped off with a selection of stunning evening gowns from Stephanie D. Couture.
The event's planners have packed the evening with entertainment.
The doors open at 7:00 p.m., with a no-host bar and dining catered by the Benson Hotel, DJ K-os spinning in the ballroom, the acoustic duo Boy and Bean, and the roaming magician, Alexander, Master of Marvels entertaining everyone throughout. At 9:00 p.m.
Nicolle Camarata of NicolleShops Portland and Fox 12's Better will host the fashion show, kicking off with the up and coming hip-hop troupe, the Dynasty Dancers.
A minimum $15 donation is requested for entry to the benefit.
To raise as much as possible for the family that night, there will also be an auction and drawing for some generously donated prizes, hosted by Diana Jordan of KPAM and AM Northwest. Donors have offered up courtside Blazer tickets, a Coraline movie poster signed by director Henry Selick, fragrance gift packages courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue, a personal training package from V-Shape, and weekend getaways to Bridal Veil Lodge and Neskowin. Local shops, Soho Boutique, Mimi & Madre, and Cleaning Green, have also donated gift certificates and eco-friendly home products. All proceeds will go directly to the Martinez family to help ease the high cost of medical treatment and related expenses.
Two-year-old Alec Martinez was diagnosed with cancer in November 2008. Since then, Alec has braved several surgeries for a grade III anaplastic ependymoma brain tumor, one of the largest and most complicated his expert doctors at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center have experienced.
The tumor was miraculously removed, but as a result, Alec suffered a small stroke, and in combination with the tumor's location on the part of the brain stem affecting his movement, he is now debilitated.
His parents, Vananh and Stephen, have stayed with their boy as he's traveled from hospital to hospital. Now out of ICU and in Legacy Emanuel's rehab unit, Alec is slowly progressing with daily chemotherapy treatments until he becomes strong enough for the radiation necessary to eliminate the cancer. Although it is uncertain whether he will fully regain his movement, and he may have lost the ability to walk, his parents know recovery is possible as Vananh successfully fought ovarian cancer last summer.
To follow Alec's story, visit his Caring Bridge Site at www.caringbridge.org/visit/alexandermartinez.