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Garden Party Bling for FAIR Fund

Jordan Wright, Nibbles and Sips, July 31, 2010

Todd Gray in his home kitchen putting the finishing touches on the hors d'oeuvres at the Garden Bling Party - photo by Jordan Wright

Todd Gray in his home kitchen putting the finishing touches on the hors d'oeuvres at the Garden Bling Party - photo by Jordan Wright

Chef Todd Gray and his wife Ellen Kassoff Gray opened their Washington DC home this past weekend in a Garden Bling fundraising effort for FAIR Fund.  The DC based non-profit works to prevent the human trafficking and sexual violence of youth all over the world.

Tomato Tartare from Michel Richard - photo by Jordan Wright

Tomato Tartare from Michel Richard - photo by Jordan Wright

Coming together for a wonderful cause guests were treated to wine and hors d’oeuvres from Todd Gray’s Equinox and Michel Richard’s Citronelle and catch a glimpse of Todd preparing the heavenly nibbles in his home kitchen.  In their garden guests listened to remarks from co-founder, Andrea Powell, and enjoyed live music.  Auctioned off were dinners and a huge basket of goodies from the soon-to-be opened Serendipity3.  However the real centerpiece of the event was FAIR Fund’s JewelGirls whose unique jewelry was snapped up by the guests.

Guests enjoy music and food in the garden - photo by Jordan Wright

Guests enjoy music and food in the garden - photo by Jordan Wright

This dynamic and creative effort is an economic empowerment and art therapy program that provides approximately 200 young women a chance at a life free from exploitation and violence.  Participants create jewelry while gaining access to mentors, support and life and financial management skills.  All proceeds from the sales help provide young women with safe housing, health care, clothing, food and basic necessities.

Jeanine Schoonover, Jenny Hay, Jordan Wright - photo by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Jeanine Schoonover, Jenny Hay, Jordan Wright - photo by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Recognized in 2008/2009 as a “Best Small Charity” by the Greater Washington Chronicle of Philanthropy, FAIR Fund serves over 1,500 active college students.

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