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Moda Provocateur

Fashion show helps AIDS foundation

Salons, designers come together to raise funds for nonprofit

The ninth annual Moda Provocateur fashion show drew a full house at the TCC's Grand Ballroom on Sunday night to raise money for the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.

"I think it is great dynamic show. Everyone is volunteering their time; people just want to do it," said Ali Edwards, a fourth-year model for Style 7 salon.

The show featured designs from salons that included Avalon for Hair, Skin and Nails, Ahead of Style, Aveda Institute for Tucson, Mia Bella Salon & Spa, Mauricio Fregoso Salon and Style 7.

The Cele Peterson award, named for the local fashion icon, was presented to Paula Taylor and Erin Burke for their fashion contributions to the Tucson community. The designers were previous owners of Pour Moi boutique.

"I have learned that fashion and charity go hand in hand, and I feel it is very important to continue that tradition, this is something I look forward to being a part of in Tucson for years to come," Burke told the audience.

During intermission, the audience voted on the designer finalists for Project Moda. Best in show was awarded to Victoria Villela and Melanie Lockwood for their design for a green dress with gold embroidery.

Mimi Petro, a SAAF board member and partner at Udall Law Firm, was presented with an award to honor the law firm's commitment to the AIDS charity over the years.

"We have a commitment to Southern Arizona and to the people here at SAAF, and we recognize what SAAF does as well for us," Petro said.

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"With this being my first time coming to the show I think it is fabulous. I am thrilled Moda and SAAF are working together to put on this wonderful show, I will definitely come back," said audience member Kristen Birner.

Organizers said they wouldn't know how much the show raised until later in the week.

For more information about SAAF and to make a donation visit www.saaf.org.

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A model from Style 7 poses with frame in hand at the end of the runway.