Developments in Literacy, or DIL, is an organization very close to Nikki’s heart. The organization was founded over a decade ago by Fiza Shah, who is a close friend of Nikki’s, and has now established schools in many under-privileged areas of Pakistan. The objective of DIL, to which they have been very successful, is to promote female literacy in the remote, under-developed areas of Pakistan. Since Nikki strongly believes in female education, she has always been a strong supporter of DIL. She was on the board at the Los Angeles chapter for many years and helped in whatever capacity she could, even after stepping down. Each year, DIL holds its annual gala fundraiser and this year the President of the Los Angeles chapter, Tehmina Jesrai, approached Nikki about doing a fashion show.
Needless to say, Nikki did not hesitate for a minute and was fully on board to provide help and get décor sponsorships like she did the previous year. Tehmina invited three young and very talented designers from Pakistan: Nida Azwer, Misha Lakhani and Sania Maskatiya.
Nikki was asked to donate her services and have her team of vendors sponsor and underwrite the event which they willingly agreed to. The logistics, layout and design elements were discussed during the initial walk through. Throughout the planning process, there were countless emails, phone calls and in-person meetings. September 12th was the date set for the gala. The day of the event, Nikki got to the venue in the morning with her team to begin the install. By 4 pm, everything from lighting, rentals, flowers and AV were in place. Guests started to arrive at 6:30 pm, which was the invited time. Everyone enjoyed taking photos in front of step and repeat. After enjoying hor d’oeuvres and drinks, guests were escorted to the South Hall where the fashion show and auction was going to take place. After a welcome note from the President and a few speeches, a live auction was held during dinner.
A movie was shown of the progress DIL has made over the years and guests were asked to donate generously for this worthy cause. The fashion show was a huge hit and the designers outdid themselves. All three of them had a distinct style and flair.
DIL was able to raise a lot of money for this worthy cause and the evening ended on a high note.
Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday!