Originally published in The Mac Weekly.
FaceAIDS, a student organization dedicated to raising awareness and
funds to fight HIV/AIDS, will host a fashion show next Friday to raise
money for a Malaysian nonprofit. Organizers of the event are touting an
expected $1,000 donation from President Brian Rosenberg.
“The most I was
hoping for was that he would model something,” said Maria Rothenberg
’12, an organizer of the show. “The fact that he is willing to match
donations up to $1,000 is really cool and generous of him.”
another event organizer, emailed Rosenberg to inquire about donating or
modeling for the event. Rosenberg declined to model; he is unsure if he
will be able to attend and opted to donate instead.
The size of the
donation is unprecedented for Macalester FaceAIDS.
“Last year my middle
school gave us $200, but nothing like this from a faculty member,”
“I was motivated by the value of the cause,” Rosenberg
said. “I am often inspired by the selflessness of students.”
hosted its first fashion show last year.
“It was very successful,”
McLennan said of the event last year. “We sold about a hundred seats and
raised $1,600, which is way more than anyone was expecting.”
people did come, the turnout was not that great,” said Jasmine Ball ’13,
a model for the show.”
"It’s hard running a fundraiser on a college
campus because there is a limit to how much you can ask for people to
donate,” said Maria Rothenberg ’12, another event organizer.
expect stronger turnout and fundraising this year. One indicator of
increased interest in the event is the number of participating models.
Last year, the group struggled to find 20 models. This year, 65 have
volunteered for the show.
“We feel confident we will out-raise what we
did last year, especially with [President Rosenberg’s] very generous
matching funds,” said Dinesh Rathakrishnan ’14, Co-President of FaceAIDS
and another organizer of the event.
Proceeds from this year’s show will
go to the PT Foundation, a nonprofit that provides education and
HIV/AIDS care access to Malaysian communities. Rathakrishnan, who is
Malaysian, interned for the group in the past.
The show is personal for
“I am from Washington DC, where there is a very high HIV/AIDS
prevalence, so it was a particularly [important] issue for me,” said
Rothenberg. “The fashion show is another way to support people who are
affected by HIV/AIDS.”
Rothenberg noted she is not much of a “fashion
person,” but is willing to push her own limits for the cause. Though
with different sentiments towards fashion, Ball also puts the cause
“I originally did it because it was supporting a good cause,”
Ball said. “But it was also so much fun. That’s why I decided to do it
again, a good cause and a lot of fun. Not to mention, I love fashion.”
Tickets are $5 each and will be sold before the event. The show starts
at 7:00 p.m. on February 24 in the Smail Gallery of Olin-Rice.