Sunday, October 3, 2010

2nd Annual Afghan Hands and Orlane Fundraiser

Cynthia Nixon and Claire Danes

Orlane Crème Royale

The shawls and scarves for sale are beautifully handcrafted and embroidered by Afghan master embroiderers
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On September 30th, I attended the 2nd Annual Afghan Hands and Orlane Fundraiser, hosted by Longchamp at their Soho store. Click here to read about last year's Afghan Hands Fundraiser.

Attendees included Cynthia Nixon, Claire Danes, Kelly Bensimon, Jessica Seinfeld, Ryan McGinness, Lara Meiland-Shaw and Emma Snowdon-Jones.

The event was a huge success, raising $45,000 for Afghan Hands with over 250 guests in attendance. The event was sponsored by Orlane, Paris in memory of Nazaneen Toloui, a former VP of Orlane and the first board member of Afghan Hands.

This year there was an auction including a two-night package at L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills valued at $2,000 and a two-night package at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur valued at $3253.45. There were also pledges taken for different levels of support for the women of Afghan Hands.

Afghan Hands is a non-profit organization that teaches skills to help Afghan widows gain independence, literacy and livable wages. You can learn more about Afghan Hands at

- Kim Weling

Here are some more photos taken by Neil Rasmus / BFA

Left: Matin Maulawizada

Right: Jessica Seinfeld

Left: Kelly Bensimon

Right: Emma Snowdon-Jones

Jack Sandbach

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