Thank you for visiting this week's Naked Lunch, a chat regarding the future of Fashion Cares. The discussion and remarks appear below. To add your thoughts to the comments list, click on the comment link below. We look forward to connecting again next Thursday at noon!
Lotteries have worked so well for hospital and cancer fundraising. Anybody think of starting a Fashion Cares, ACT or AIDS fundraising lottery?
And the winner gets a date with Pamela Anderson. Great idea. ACT will have more funds than they know what to do with.
MAC is such a perfect supporter of Fashion Cares because they appreciate people who are "on the edge." If The Bay takes over, I am afraid Fashion Cares will be pressured to become more mainstream. That we will have to tame everything down. Then what's the point?
I would imagine that whoever is involved in deciding the future of Fashion Cares realizes that one of its big draws is the edgy atmosphere. Won't ACT will do their best to fight any attempts to tame it?
Would there be as much media coverage if Fashion Cares became a group of smaller events?
Good point. Perhaps not. There are lots of factors that go into deciding what we cover and how. The sheer size of Fashion Cares, and the stars who attend, practically guarantee good coverage. Smaller, less high profile events with more frequency might not. Bernadette
I agree with the comment below. Where else do you find such a large mass of cool, hip open-minded, accepting people?
I disagree. I think that one of the great things about Fashion Cares is its size. Where else do you get such a great feeling of acceptance in such a large crowd, except at the Gay Pride parade?
Maybe they will raise even more money that way.
Maybe that's what needs to happen, break Fashion Cares up into smaller bits, with more opportunities for title sponsorships. The Bay sponsors the sale, MAC sponsors a concert, who will sponsor the after-hours party?
Is it true that MAC is no longer going to be involved in Fashion Cares?
There is a rumour to that effect, and that The Bay could become the titled sponsor for the event. But that is still just a rumour. Bernadette
What about a huge designer sample sale, like they have in New York?
A concert that big sounds like it would take more organizing that the current Fashion Cares.
Couldn't we turn Fashion Cares into a huge concert fundraiser, like the Rolling Stones did for Sars?
I understand that is one of the ideas that MAC would like to see. Bernadette
Is there any merit in the idea of breaking Fashion Cares up into a series of smaller events? The dinner, after hours party, sale could each be stand-alone events, no?
That is likely something that the committee assessing how to take Fashion Cares into the future is discussing. It would solve the problem of location. Right now, there are only two indoor venues in the city that can hold a crowd of 5,000-plus. One is the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which has been incredibly supportive of the event. The other is Exhibition Place which is not that different and not worth shunning such a source of support. Or what about dispensing with the dinner portion altogether and just focusing on the party, shopping and show?