On April 26, Peruvian Connection fans and staff enjoyed a high-energy benefit described as “the most professional fashion show in Kansas City.” The New York style runway show raised more than $285,000 for Kansas City’s Truman Medical Peri-natal Diagnostics center. Approximately 1000 philanthropic attendees were treated to some of our best looks for Spring, plus exclusive previews of the Fall 2009 collection. Attendees also enjoyed complimentary gift bags from Peruvian Connection. The frenetic pace of the show challenged PC designers who facilitated beautifully from behind the scenes. The rest of us here at PC thank Annie and the designers for all their hard work!
View Prizm Productions’ pre-show campaign video about Truman Medical Charitable Foundation on YouTube.
For a taste of the top-level production quality and energy that go into this event, view Prizm Productions’ video of last year’s fashion show and interviews.
View the Foley-Photography photo gallery of this event or purchase prints.
April 23 was “Bring Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day”, a nation-wide program dedicated to helping our nation’s daughters and sons explore their future opportunities at work, at home, and in the community. Twelve daughters and sons and grandchildren of employees (and friends of employees), ages 8 to 15, spent the day at Peruvian Connection’s Tonganoxie, KS headquarters. Activities were planned to help the boys and girls experience what’s involved and required for a job and to discuss the challenges of integrating work and family responsibilities. Various departments sponsored hands-on activities where the children had the opportunity to design an article of clothing, listen in on actual customer calls, process and ship orders, think about career choices and play a game of Peruvian Bingo. Thanks to all the kids who participated!
The big kid is PC’s own Anthony “Uncle Tony” Brooks, Computer Systems Analyst and tour guide for the day.
Visiting kids were invited to the Design Department to draw their own fashion designs.
In the Packing Department, employees demonstrated the detailed work that makes top-notch product presentation.
In Shipping and Fulfillment, kids learned how to scan and ship packages.
After a tornado tore through Peruvian Connection's hometown of Tonganoxie in 2000, PC set up a fund to help beautify the storm-ravaged parks and city trees. Many trees were planted and tended over the past few years and this year those funds built the new Master Gardener's toolshed in the town's Magnatech Park. Peruvian Connection groundskeeper, Angie Andrews, well on her way to becoming a certified Master Gardener, is helping to procure new tools for PC to equip the shed.
Peruvian Connection's headquarters as seen in Spring 2008
Around Tonganoxie, school children and members of the community are helping promote a greener way of life through recycling efforts, tree planting, and educational programs.
Fashion for a Cause 2009
A benefit for Truman Medical Centers Women’s Health Programs
April 26 at the Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Enjoy highlights from our Spring collection and take a sneak peek at some of our Fall fashions.
Attend Fashion for a Cause, and receive a $25 off coupon for any purchase of $75 or more during May at the KC Peruvian Connection store!
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At Peruvian Connection, we’ve been green since our start in 1976. Utilizing sustainable, eco-friendly resources, such as alpaca and Peruvian pima cotton, our designs are produced by some of the finest artisans in South America. We work with traditional cottage industries in Peru, which have a serious commitment to fair pay and the best possible working conditions (read more on our Fair Trade beliefs…)
Tips for greening your closet as well as stretching your budget:
* Donate or re-sell old clothing to keep it out of landfills. If you choose to re-sell, eBay offers a program where the proceeds of your auction go directly to charity (read more…) In today's economy, more and more households are relying on thrift stores to meet their needs. Textiles that can't be sold by the thrift stores can be recycled (read more…)
* Shop with a plan. You’ll get more use out of a piece that looks great on you. Ask yourself: What colors work best on me? What fits are the most flattering? How will the piece work with everything else in my closet? Is it a high quality item that will last me several seasons?
* Love your luxury fibers. Whatever you’ve chosen, take good care of it. When you get home, change out of work wear. Learn how to sew a button back on, and get the name of a local tailor or seamstress for major repairs and alterations.
* Hand wash rather than dry clean when possible. We suggest using Fine Fibres hand-washing liquid whenever you can. If you must dry clean, see if there’s a local green dry cleaner employing “wet cleaning” or liquid CO2 techniques.
* Wash only when you have a full laundry load. Turn articles inside out and use the lowest temperature possible. Choose phosphate-free and biodegradable detergents, and line dry as much as possible. Treat stains quickly with nontoxic removers. If you’re buying a new washing machine, look for one with an Energy Star label.