When: Thrusday, February 21
Where: Bardot in Hollywood
What: Be the Link Campaign and Director / Photographer Andy Tsagaris
By simply being the link to something that changes lives to many around us, it’s what it takes to make a difference today.
Together as a powerful link we can stop the HIV epidemic. Fact: every 9½ minutes, someone in the United States is infected with the virus. Imagine in the entire world, or in places where medical support it’s very limited. It could be any of us, so getting the HIV facts and getting educated in how to prevent from getting infected, it’s a serious matter. Don’t let a personal assumption be the reason to fight such a contagious virus.
Be the Link Campaign has a mission: to fund research and education for HIV. We can support this great campaign by donating to Until There's A Cure®, a national organization dedicated to put an end to HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and funds. It has granted $9,000,000 since 1993.
Do you know Andy Tsagaris?
He’s a photographer whose style is noted for his unique perspective on the subject and often humorous twist on it. His work is focused on fashion, advertising and humanitarian causes. He has photographed today's most influential figures in business, music, television, comedy, film, fashion, and sports. He is the director of such campaign.
More of Andy Tsagaris www.atsagaris.com
Be the Link brings 250 influential people to become a louder voice by creating awareness, education, and care for people living with HIV/AIDS. This event was a collective understanding on how to help those in need when suffering from the virus and how art and creativity are the most effective ways today to make a difference while having a good time. I’m a visual artist as well, and when it comes to give back or making a difference through my passion, it becomes a bigger deal for me to create a special piece. This cause gives Tsagaris a bigger purpose of showcasing his photographs. He has been exhibiting his images at fundraising events to raise funds for Until There's A Cure, one located in New York City and one in Los Angeles.
Tsagaris compromised his work with this evening to make a difference. He made sure that this invite only black tie gala was full of today's most important figures in the world of business, entertainment, and fashion. So he did, it was an evening filled with influential leaders with a voice to create awareness for HIV AIDS.
Also, the evening was magically tunedby American Idol’s Jesaiah Baer, Hannah Taylor, Colette Falla, and Amy Weber featuring DJ Ravi on the drums. As the Winning Model of Project Runway Season 3, it was nice to see many Project Runway designers and models making a difference.
Events like this one are hard to miss. This time I was honored to be wearing one authentic gown from the Academy of Couture Art’s (ACA) by Sonia Ete & Katherine Enyart, inspired by Grace Kelly in mesh and silk fabrics. I felt like an ocean goddess. Thank you ACA! Here’s a clip of what my gown looked like when walking https://vimeo.com/60511774.
Be the Link Campaign and Director/ Photographer Andy Tsagaris are honored to be sponsored by:
Ventura Limoncello Company, Award-winnig, Handcrafted Artisanal Citrus Liquers from Ventura, California .
The company was awarded a gold medal at the inaugural Spirits of the Americas Competition. James Carling, President of Ventura Limoncello, says, "Being recognized as a Gold Medal winner in the Spirits of the Americas works right into our company mission of being the premier producer of Limoncello liqueur in the United States." Ventura Limoncello has won numerous awards over the last five years including gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2008, 2011), gold medal at the 2011 Microliquor Awards and platinum medal at the 2009 Los Angeles SIP awards.
ZINK Magazine, a Photo-Forward Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Magazine that Dares to Challenge the Ordinary.
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It seems like Hollywood events are more inspired by all the social issues that we are facing today in our every day lifestyle, so we can have fun while making difference. Find a cause and be involved today, and if you have your own it’s time to get your friends and family involved too. You become a leader when taking responsibility and the first step.
Ps; when you give back to your community, your life blooms, try it.