Category: Good Cause

First Lady: The Movement Shines a Spotlight on Local Vendors

(left to right) First Lady The Movement founder, Donna Mae Rizando and creative director/partner, Rachael Ranchez-Bosque

(left to right) First Lady The Movement founder, Donna Mae Rizando and creative director/partner, Rachael Ranchez-Bosque

The 4th Annual First Lady: The Movement event took place at the YWCA Oahu, Laniakea Courtyard on Tuesday, July 23.  The Movement’s philosophy encourages and empowers women to fulfill their potential and live their dream.  The event shines a spotlight on local female entrepreneurs and provides them the opportunity to network with like-minded men and women in the community.

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Photos by Lyle Amine.
Local vendors showcased their apparel, jewelry, accessories and artwork.  This year, for the first time, the event included a fashion show with looks from local boutiques.  The fashion show directors were Reese Sakauye and Ericka Bueno.
Raised in Hawaii, Donna Mae Rizando founded First Lady: The Movement while living on the mainland, after going through a significant life-change at the age of 18.  She realized that there were many women her age, going through similar challenges and decided to start an organization that celebrates and empowers women and their talents.  At the age of 18, Rachael Ranchez-Bosque was a single mother, and by fate, came across information about First Lady: The Movement.  She was so moved by the organization and became fast-friends with Rizando, and is now a partner.  For more information about First Lady: The Movement and future events, contact Rizando at firstladythemovement@gmail.com.
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Warren Moon’s 2013 VIP Pro Bowl Party

(From NonstopHonolulu.com – Words by Amanda Stevens, photos by Tracy Chan)

football legends Warren Moon and Eric Dickerson with celebrity photograher Russell Tanoue

Photo by Tracy Chan: football legends Warren Moon and Eric Dickerson with celebrity photograher Russell Tanoue

Football and fashion enthusiasts gathered at Pearl Thursday evening to be a part of the 2013 Warren Moon VIP Pro Bowl Party, a benefit for the Crescent Moon Foundation. Moon established the foundation in 1989 to raise funds for college scholarships and was named NFL’s Man of the Year for his humanitarian work in the community.

The fashion and business elite of Honolulu were able to meet, or at least catch a glimpse of, Moon and football legend Eric Dickerson, along with a number of Pro Bowl cheerleaders, models and pageant title holders. We got to chat with another football great, Christian Okoye, named to the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2000, and celebrity stylist and make-up artist Crystal Pancipanci.

footbal great Christian Okoye (Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2000) and celebrity stylist and make-up artist Crystal Pancipanci

Photo by Tracy Chan: Christian Okoye (Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2000) and celebrity stylist and make-up artist Crystal Pancipanci

Speaking of fashion, the men on the red carpet were dressed to impress while the ladies were dressed to kill. They wore looks ranging from designers like of Rachel Roy, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Tory Burch to classic Pinup Couture. The delish appetizers and cocktails were flowing, and Pearl’s house DJs and emcee Roxy on the Mic kept the party rolling late into the night.

Photo by Tracy Chan

Photo by Tracy Chan

football great Eric Dickerson and Amanda Stevens

Photo by Tracy Chan: football great Eric Dickerson and Amanda Stevens

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Photo by Tracy Chan

Photo by Tracy Chan

Photo by Tracy Chan

 

Polo for a Purpose

(from NonstopHonolulu.com 6/12/12 – by Amanda Stevens)

Polo for a Purpose, on the North Shore’s Honolulu Polo Club on Sunday, was an all-white attire summer soiree and sexy summer fashion show hosted by the United States Polo Association’s Circuit Governor of Hawaii and Christopher Dawson, with Creative Director Crystal Pancipanci.

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