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Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Event Recap

Thursday, April 27, 2017 • California Market Center

April 27, 2017 - California Fashion Foundation's annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon was held at the California Market Center today, honoring future fashion design innovators with scholarship awards. After previewing the winning designs, scholarships were presented in the names of  YMA National Fashion Scholarship Fund, 360 Sweater Company; AIMS360; Barbara Lesser; Ben & Joyce Eisenberg Foundation; Betty Baumgardner Foundation; California Apparel News; California Market Center; CIT Commercial Services; Cooper Design Space; Design Knit; Fineman West & Company; Frankie; Karen Kane; KWDZ Manufacturing; MGT Industries; Moss Adams LLP; PCB Label; Rags for Richards Foundation; STC-QST; Stony Apparel; Swat Fame; Tukatech; Velvet Heart.

Attendees enjoyed lunch from the New Moon restaurant (provided by STC-QST) 'pep talks', and award presentations.  Ilse Metchek, President of the California Fashion Association welcomed the guests and introduced the speakers.  Tammy Chatkin, Executive Vice President of 24Seven Talent, shared advice on "Entering the Job Market," Pat Tabassi, Designer/Owner of Design Knit, gave insights into "The Road Ahead," and Jesse Dombrowiak, CEO of Indie Source described a "Your Home for Design Entrepreneurs."

Douglas Evans, Executive Director of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund presented scholarships to the winning design students.  Each sponsor then presented a 'Fashion Star Award' to winning finalists. 

Participating schools were: Art Center College of Design; California State University-Long Beach; California State University-Los Angeles; Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising; Long Beach City College; Los Angeles Trade Technical College; Mt San Antonio College; Otis College of Art & Design; Santa Monica College; Woodbury University.

Pat Tabassi, Design Knit
Tammy Chatkin, 24Seven Talent
Henry Cherner, AIMS360
with design students
Teresa Huang, CIT Commercial;  
Summer Davis, Mt San Antonio College
Parnia Pandkhou, Fineman West & Company; Alejandra Ramirez, LATTC 
Kevin Chen, Frankie;
Joanna Rubalcaba, OTIS 

Stephanie Reif, KWDZ Manufacturing; Kimberly Ortiz, Long Beach CC
Ainslee de Wolf, Santa Monica College; 
Brittany Carr, California Market Center 
Summer Davis, Mt San Antonio College; Jeff Waldman, STC-QST
Chyan Robinson, Cal State-LA;
Ilse Metchek, CFA   
Ghislaine Harding,
Los Angeles Trade Tech College  
Douglas Evans,
YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund
Stuart Goldblatt, Shelda Hartwell-Hale Doneger Group; Douglas Evans,
YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund;
Ilse Metchek, CFA
Sandy Richman, Directives West;  Lonnie Kane, Karen Kane
Santa Monica College
Design students & Faculty
Kenta Tanaka, Santa Monica College; 
Shala Tabassi, Design Knit 
Abby Pollock,
Cal State University-Long Beach
Dan Finnegan, PCB Label;
Patrice Rubio, Cal State -Los Angeles
to the
for providing
photography and programs
Food provided by New Moon 
Yun Huang, Mt San Antonio College;
Steve Hirsh, Cooper Design Space 
Epic Hemmy Darbani; FIDM
Jesse Dombrowiak
Indie Source
Lynne Kasch, CAN; Barbara Lesser;
Molly Rhodes, CAN
Ariana Nazarian, Woodbury
University; Kit Kwok,Tukatech 
Paul Minestrella, Rags For Riches Foundation; Rocio Arias, FIDM 
Ariana Nazarian,
Woodbury University;
Lonnie Kane, Karen Kane
Roman Ibarra, Long Beach CC; 
Jordan Tsabag, Velvet Heart
Lucy Ochoa, Woodbury University;
SWAT FAME representative
Yun Huang, Mt San Antonio College;
Henry Cherner, AIMS360

Allison Neider,
California Apparel News;
Roman Ibarra, Long Beach CC

Sara Tepo, Cal State-Long Beach;
Barbara Lesser

LinBei Xie,
OTIS College of Art & Design 

Student Design Displays 

A special thank you to our sponsors
The Betty Baumgardner Foundation