Project Runway Alumni Design Ugly Sweaters for a Good Cause

11/30/2015
UglyChristmasSweater.com, a Michigan-based specialty online retailer of tacky and trendy seasonal apparel, is launching a new fundraising partnership with 14 fashion designers and veteran contestants of the hit Bravo/Lifetime Network reality show, Project Runway. Each designer created a custom, one-of-a-kind hideous holiday sweater – some for people and others for canines – to be auctioned off online this December, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting non-profit organizations.

The auction, which will be supported by Bidding for Good, a charitable e-commerce company that connects fundraisers, cause-conscious shoppers, and socially responsible businesses, will begin Monday, Dec. 7, at www.uglychristmassweater.com/projectrunway and will remain live through Dec. 18.

Eight of the 14 participating designers from the popular competition series have created a unique and ugly holiday sweater to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Launched in 1993, the BCRF provides funding for research efforts around the world, and to-date has raised more than half a billion dollars to help advance the world's most promising research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

Six additional designers will each create a one-of-a-kind ugly holiday dog sweater, with auction proceeds benefitting Leave No Paws Behind, a California-based all breed, all foster-based dog rescue specializing in comfort and care for senior, terminally-ill and special medical needs animals.

The participating Project Runway designers include:

Breast Cancer Research Fund Auction

Bradon McDonald – Season 12
Sarah Trost – Season 8
Irina Shabayeva – Season 6 Winner
Shirin Askari – Season 6
Christopher Straub – Season 6
Carol Hannah – Season 6
Leanne Marshall – Season 5 Winner
Stella Zotis – Season 5
Leave No Paws Behind Auction

Samantha Plasencia – Season 13
Michele Lesniak – Season 11 Winner
Patricia Michaels – Season 11 Runner-Up
Christopher Palu – Season 10
Mondo Guerra – Season 8 Runner-Up; Winner of Project Runway: All Stars, Season One
Peach Carr – Season 8

"As the trend of ugly holiday sweaters has continued to swell, we wanted to use our product's popularity to make a difference for the people and pets that we and our customers care about," said Fred Hajjar, founder of UglyChristmasSweater.com. "And with the talent and popularity of the designers as our partners, we look forward to raising a lot of auction dollars to make good things happen with bad fashion."
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