Daphne & Charles Chan from Harvest International (a commercial real estate company), co-hosted a special event yesterday night at the Carolina Herrera boutique located in the Americana Manhasset, a luxurious shopping destination. The successful and charitable turn-out included a night filled with vibrant colors from Herrera’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, cocktails & tea, and hot hors d’oeuvres. It was a night that aimed to benefit the victims of the Szechuan, China earthquake.
Part of the sales proceeds will be directed towards the earthquake relief through the Tzu Chi Foundation, a global charity organization. Attendees include JP Morgan Chase Bank, World Journal News, Central Flushing Lions Club International, and various prominent real estate developers. Those who were unable to attend the event generously donated as well, to name a few: London Jewelers of Long Island and DeLuca Financial Planning. “It’s a great event for a great cause,” said Claire Hsu, an excited attendee.
With a bite of chocolate covered strawberries, a sip of champagne, and the shuffling of the signature red Herrera gift bags, guests left the event. The event might have ended but the warm-hearted charitable spirits from all parties will continue to uplift the global communities.
Q&A WITH CHARLES CHAN
Q: How did this event come about?
A: “It first started as a request from Ms. Vicky Karyannis and Ms. Lillian Millan, the manager and assistant manager of the Carolina Herrera boutique in the fabled Americana Mall in Manhasset because my wife, Daphne, and I have frequently shopped at this store. They wanted to drum up more awareness of the brand to the public particularly to the Asian communities and so we thought it would be a great idea to host an event that direct part of the sales proceeds to benefit a charitable cause of my choosing. I chose the Tzu Chi Foundation due to the recent earthquake that happened in Szechuan, China. Historically, this organization sets no boundaries (ethnically and geographically), and they often send in their own medical aid with doctors with volunteers to do good deeds and try help to relief suffering of the devastated victims and families. Tzu Chi Foundation’s mission consists of four major components: Charity, Medicine, Education, and Humanity and those are missions that my wife and I could not have agreed more on. Visiting their website will tell you so much more in detail about what they’re passionate about and about what they do.” I also favor other charitable organizations as well but in this earthquake incident I feel that they will best serve our intent and purpose.
Q: Is there a certain amount that you hope to achieve in donations?
A: “As much as I would like to come up with a certain amount I want to raise, I don’t really have an exact figure in mind because charity comes from the heart, and any donations of any kind is significantly important to the people in need.”
Q: How would you describe Carolina Herrera’s past and current designs along with products?
A: Carolina Herrera is a multi-talented lady, she has continuously evolved, grown, and developed into a very much admired world-class power fashion house; she is highly in-tune with leading the fashion trends with a very unique sense of style. She provides ready-wear for women and men, leather goods and accessories, as well as a home line. Her clothes exude elegance and sophistication with simple silhouettes, with fun and playful colors but with a distinctive style. She is extremely gifted with her use of colors and patterns, and she really should deserve more recognition in my opinion!
Q: What are your thoughts on their Spring/Summer 2013 Collection?
A: “Bold, classic with understated elegance yet refreshing and vibrant.”
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