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September 9, 2008
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Student designers and models preview original couture to support a soccer ball drive for kids in Iraq
WESTON, Fla. – Promising young designers from American InterContinental University’s (AIU) School of Fashion Marketing and Design will display original fall-themed fashions, modeled by students from Western, Cypress Bay and Everest high schools at the Royal Autumn Fashion Show 2008. The event will take place on Friday, September 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Weston Town Center, 1675 Market Street in Weston.
Free and open to the public, the festive fashion extravaganza will support The Americas Community Center, which provides services to immigrants to Broward County. Specifically, the new mission is to collect soccer balls for children in Iraq. Headed by Weston resident Fabio Andrade, the idea came from his son Johnpaul Lubrani who, on his second Navy tour in Iraq, saw children playing mock games of soccer in the street with paper balls and bottles. Lubrani asked his dad for help. Andrade began networking and the first two shipments – a total of 40 soccer balls – just left for Iraq.
AIU asks all who are able to bring a soccer ball to donate to the drive. Soccer balls will be delivered to our troops in Iraq and then personally handed out to Iraqi children. AIU’s goal is to provide soccer balls to more than 1,000 children, promoting fun, sportsmanship, and good will between our troops and Iraqi families.
“Combining the soccer ball drive with our fall fashion gala provides a great opportunity for AIU students to give back to the community as well as showcase their original designs,” said Juanita Alcena, chair of the AIU Fashion and Marketing Design program. “Also it shows great community spirit and cooperation between students from Western, Cypress Bay, Everest and AIU who are working together to create this fun community event for a good cause.”
Music and refreshments will round out the evening. For additional information, please contact: Karla Lopez at 954-446-6323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
American InterContinental University (AIU), established in Europe in 1970, awards Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees in a variety of disciplines. The AIU network includes seven campuses: AIU Buckhead (Atlanta, GA); AIU Dunwoody (GA); AIU South Florida (Weston, FL); AIU Los Angeles (CA), AIU Houston (TX), AIU London (England); and AIU Online (based in Illinois). For additional information, please visit www.aiuniv.edu. AIU is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges, and schools.
American InterContinental University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees.