EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, BOARD MEMBER
June 9th 2018— Seattle's annual rainforest gala will take our most dedicated donors on a walk through the world's jungles in style! Hoja Nueva and Fashion for Conservation are back hosting what will be the 4th annual runway show and gala to protect the Amazon rainforest.
Please join us for an evening of diverse flavors and cultures, captivating sounds of the wild, and vibrant styles inspired by the rainforests of the world. Guests will have the opportunity to choose a rainforest system from an array of countries and dress as an endangered animal from that area - ecosystems will correspond to specific tables during the gala.
In previous seasons the gala has featured animal and rainforest-inspired collections from as many as 18 international designers and hosted between 500-800 guests each time while making a huge impact in the conservation of the Peruvian Amazon...
The urgency of conserving the earth's rainforests now goes beyond cultural and wildlife preservation. Fragmented forests resulting from increased agriculture store less carbon and adversely impact wildlife movement and gene flow, resulting in higher levels of atmospheric carbon and regional species declines. As a component of the recent Paris Accord, slowing climate change by method of conservation is an urgent matter that requires strong institutional support for projects that shift how we source our food, water and energy, and support for rainforest protection and reforestation.
Hoja Nueva confronts deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and inequalities within the cocoa value chain by providing small farmers with the support necessary to produce sustainable cocoa, and trading cocoa directly to ensure that farmers have fair wages.
— Our zero-carbon footprint eco lodge in the lowland Amazon rainforest provides conservation and agroforestry education in a world threatened by rampant deforestation and climate change.
— Our cocoa cooperative supports remote Peruvian communities and wildlife by sustainably growing cocoa, producing aromatic beans to meet the high demand for fine chocolates globally, and re-investing profits to protect farmers and frontier rainforests.
Mark your calendars for this wild event and stay tuned for the full lineup! Tickets are extremely limited at 200 special guests - get them before they're gone!
Witness this exquisite evening of international art and fashion — inspired by the richly diverse rainforests of the world. Join us in saving the largest unprotected rainforest located in the Peruvian Amazon and to create a space where diverse peoples can share and celebrate their unique stories and experiences living in harmony with wildlife and their habitats. This event funds rainforest reforestation, wildlife conservation, and sustainable agriculture with 501(c)(3) nonprofit Hoja Nueva (hojanueva.org).
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Coming on year five, my dear friend Samantha Zwicker and I produce an annual international fashion fundraiser to protect the Peruvian Rainforest through our non profit Hoja Nueva and our fundraising entity Fashion for Conservation. 12 Peruvian designers joined us on May 11th last year to show their support for the cause by presenting rainforest and Peruvian themed runway collections. Interwoven between the runway shows were many other attractions. A few included four different style dance and musical performances, silent and live auction, VIP Chocolate and Cacao Cocktail tasting hour, Peruvian Marketplace, and guest speakers.
MISSION: Hoja Nueva is a dynamic 501(c)(3) non-profit working in the remote Piedras region of Madre de Dios, Peru. Our Experimental Center in the jungle serves as a local knowledge base led by novel, on the ground research, the majority of which involves agroforestry and permaculture. Our base will begin to house volunteers, interns, researchers, and tourists that share a mission to make sustainable agriculture a success in the Piedras- and all remote rainforest environments like it. The urgency of conserving the earth's rainforests now goes beyond cultural and wildlife preservation. As a component of the recent Paris accord on climate change, protecting the Amazon rainforest is vital and of high potential, but more in-situ research is necessary in coupled human-environment systems in the Amazon's most biodiverse and healthy forests. Hoja Nueva consults and cooperates with local agricultural associations and other nonprofit organizations to ensure reliable food production while maintaining healthy forests, creating a future where both humans and nature can thrive.