The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS recently observed its 20th year as one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide over $32 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide.
Beginning with volunteers from fashion, interior design, furnishings and architecture, supporters of DIFFA now come from every field associated with fine design. With 15 chapters nationwide, DIFFA has also been an innovative agent in drawing local and national corporations into the fight against the epidemic, and enjoys tremendous support from the business community.
DIFFA grants funds to organizations which fight AIDS by providing:
- Preventative education programs targeted to populations at risk of infections
- Treatment and direct care services for people living with AIDS
- Public policy initiatives which add resources to private sector efforts
Drawing on the contributions of world renowned creative and corporate leaders, DIFFA’s fundraising activities are among the most celebrated in AIDS philanthropy. Through special events and “passive royalty” arrangements, DIFFA raises money for the battle against AIDS like no other organization can. This unique position has enabled DIFFA to cement its reputation for innovation by rallying diverse communities to a common purpose.
Supermodel Maggie Rizer returns as an incarnate of a Far Eastern exotic film starlet to host a 1930s Shanghai themed VIVA GLAM CASINO, that benefits DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) and provides funding and vital support for men, women and children living with AIDS. This year DIFFA explores the exotic glamour of the 1930’s Shanghai with a Chinese marketplace, MAC Cosmetic’s infamous Chinese dress, nude body art exhibitions, dim sum, Chinese delicacies and music by DJ Todd Mallis. Test your luck on the gambling tables against supermodels and leaders from the fashion industry including Karl Lagerfeld, Mini Anden, Bridget Hall, Amy Lemons, Anouck Lepere, Angela Lindvall, Ling, Marisa Miller, Natasa V. and Jacquetta Wheeler. Tuesday, Jun. 13, Skylight, 30 Renwick St., (212) 727- 3100. From 7:30-11:30p.m. Visit www.diffa.org for more info and to purchase tickets.
Sponsored by MAC Viva Glam.