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Dallas Rocks and Rising Star Awards - What a weekend! Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Tue, Nov 4, 2008, 08:17 am

Friday night rocks at Dallas Rocks 2008, hosted By Russell Simmons And Pat & Emmitt Smith, benefiting the Diamond Empowerment Fund and Saturday night's Rising Star Awards benefiting Fashion Group International of Dallas, Inc.


dallasrocks_logo.JPGDallas Rocks 2008: Hosted by Russell Simmons and Pat & Emmitt Smith, the first major fundraiser for The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) will take place in Dallas on November 7th at City Place Tower. Earvin "Magic" Johnson will be the Honoree for this spectacular event and Suzanne Sena, Fox News Anchor will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. 

Dinner chairs include Rozalyn & Robert St. Pe Colombo and April & Ray Crockett and the After Party Chairs include Kirby Schlegel, Blake Andrews and Matt Nordgren. From the 39th floor of City Place Tower all decorated with the colors of Africa, with stunning views of the Dallas skyline, fantastic menus designed by celebrity chefs and top entertainment, Dallas Rocks 2008: Diamond Dinner will be a premiere fundraising event. 

Founded in 2007, the Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) is a non-profit international organization with the mission to raise money to support education initiatives that develop and empower economically disadvantaged people in African nations where diamonds are a natural resource. Russell Simmons co-founded the organization and serves as Chairman of its Advisory Board. "I want to get the whole jewelry industry inspired to see what we can do," says Simmons. "We want this to be one initiative that hopefully spurs other exciting and effective initiatives."

Reservations are a must. Go here for more information, tickets.

Then on Saturday night, join in the Fashion Group International's Rising Star Awards at Hotel Palomar. Mix and mingle with the fashion and art crowd for a glamorous cocktail party, dinner and awards.  Details and links:


Fashion Group International of Dallas, Inc. hosts the
8th Annual Rising Star Awards Honoring
Community Leaders and Dallas' Rising Stars in Fashion and Home 

When: Saturday, November 8, 2008
Silent Auction & Cocktails: 7:00 p.m; Dinner & Awards to follow Where: Hotel Palomar
5300 East Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas 75206
Mockingbird at Central Expressway

Chair: Jenny Siede

2008 Rising Star Honorees are:

New Community Retailer: Kacky & Carl

Fashion Design: Craig Muller

Fashion Communication: Pink Memo

Art: Holly Johnson


Community Recognition

Fashion Innovation: Jan Strimple

Career Achievement: Toni & Guy

Inspirational: Kenneth Craighead


This award honors the influence and inspiration of art as it relates to fashion and style.

Fashion Design
This category honors a local up-and-coming designer in the area of apparel and fashion accessories. 

Fashion Communication
This category honors an organization or individual who has done exemplary work in the field for fashion or lifestyle communication including publications, photography or public relations.

New Community Retailer
This category honors a retail store that is new to Dallas and the metroplex.

Fashion Innovation
The award honors a company or individual who has transcended the ordinary regarding the fashion to fashion-related industry at the local level and has raised the bar for others to reach.

This award is given to a company or individual in the community who has inspired others by their actions and attitude with regard to occupation, philanthropy, and community service.

Career Achievement
This category honors a company or individual who has shown foresight, creativity, and longevity in the area of Fashion or Lifestyle Retail, setting an example for others to follow.

Purpose: To recognize emerging talent and honor career achievements in the Dallas fashion community

Selection: The FGI of Dallas Rising Stars are nominated and selected by local FGI members. Rising Star honorees must have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years in business. Career Achievement honorees must show leadership and achievement in their industry and in the community. 

Master of Ceremonies: Michael Faircloth, Renowned Couture Designer

Tickets: Tables of ten begin at $1,100.
Individual tickets are $125 each. 
Table sponsorships are also available.

Open to the public, by reservation only.
More Information: FGI DallasOperations Manager, 214-634-0204

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