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Fashioning the Future

Dior holiday fashion show luncheon raises $100,000 for India charity

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Saks Fifth Avenue presented looks from the Christian Dior collection. Photo by Debi Wallace/Barfield Photography
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A look from the Christian Dior collection. Photo by Debi Wallace/Barfield Photography
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Pankaj Dhume, from left, Asha Dhume, Katherine Center and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Photo by Debi Wallace/Barfield Photography
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Over the past four years the Annual Holiday Charity Luncheon hosted by Pratham USA has grown to be the most fashionable Indo American charity event of the year. More than 200 gathered at The Junior League of Houston for this year's event, "Fashioning the Future," which spotlighted Christian Dior styles from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Houston writer Katherine Center, author of Everyone is Beautiful, was the keynote speaker.

Event chairs Asha Dhume and Rema Damodaran were thrilled that the luncheon broke records by raising over $100,000 in one afternoon for Pratham USA, a non-profit organization that helps underprivileged children in India with pre-school and primary education with the goal to eradicate illiteracy.

On hand for the festivities: Manisha Mehta, Latika Bathija, Leena and Ash Shah, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Payal Channa, Sandhya Ayyar, Sonu Anand, Sangeeta Pasrija, Raj Patel, Rachel Varghese, Priti Singh and Pratham Houston Chapter President Swatantra Jain.

Ruchi Mukherjee is a lifestyle feature journalist for TV Asia and host of Lights Camera Action, an online magazine that covers Houston Indo-American society news.

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