Fashion event to raise funds for UIW's 'Project Africa' 

Volunteers working to raise $32,000 for the construction of a school in the impoverished country of Mali haven’t been holding any bake sales or car washes as part of Project Africa, a University of the Incarnate Word-based non-profit founded by Cisse Drame.

Instead they go where the students already are: They’ve hosted drink specials and art auctions at clubs like Maroc, Rio, and Buddha Rok, held swanky wine tastings, and have even put dates with student athletes up for bid. So far these tactics have proved extremely profitable. Since the group was formed in 2009, they have already raised $24,000.

Despite the stress of approaching final exams, these students are preparing for yet another huge event: a fashion fundraiser entitled Prestige on April 29 at the Aloft Hotel.

Expect to see the latest styles from local San Antonio boutiques, including Penny Lane, Paola Peres Complementos, Langford Market, and Anniegogglyn. This fashion mixer is open to the public (guests are encouraged to dress to impress), live music will get the party going, and there will be a gift card raffle for hot local restaurants. Pre-sale tickets are $15 and $20 at the door, which will be open at from 6:30-10:30 p.m. This is merely the first part of the evening, however — the trendy Prestige attendees are also invited to Maroc for the after-party.

To purchase tickets in advance, email Stephanie Rodriguez at You also can donate to the project’s efforts at The groundbreaking of the school is expected to begin this summer.

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