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Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Event Recap

Thursday, April 30, 2015 • California Market Center

May 5, 2015 - California Fashion Foundation's annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon, held at the California Market Center on April 30th, honored future fashion designers and innovators with scholarship awards. The following sponsors presented scholarships: AIMS 360, Betty Baumgardner Foundation, California Apparel News, California Market Center, CIT Financial Services, Cooper Design Space, Fineman West & Company, Gen Art, Karen Kane, KWDZ Manufacturing, Lectra, Love Barbara from Barbara Lesser, STC-QST, Stony Apparel, SwatFame, Tukatech, UPS and YMA National Fashion Scholarship Fund.

After networking and previewing the winning designs, attendees enjoyed lunch, short speeches, and the award presentations. Ilse Metchek, President of the California Fashion Association, welcomed everyone, followed by the keynote speaker, Annabelle Lee, Designer and Founder of See You Monday, who talked about "The Road Ahead." . Keri Ingvarsson, Owner of Gen Art, presented "A New Home for Design Entrepreneurs" and Tammy Chatkin, Executive Vice President of 24Seven, shared advice on "Entering the Job Market.”

The award and scholarship presentations were emceed by Ann Davis of Eclat Textiles. Ram Sareen, President of Tukatech, presented a professional Tukatech Software package to a selected student and Henry Cherner of AIMS360 presented four student winners with a certificate for an AIMS certification course. In addition to the scholarships, each student received a gift bag and book from The Fashion Bookstore

Participating schools included: California State Polytechnic University Pomona, California State University Long Beach, California State University Los Angeles, El Camino College, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Long Beach City College, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Mt. San Antonio College, Otis College of Art & Design, Pasadena City College, Santa Monica College, Woodbury University

Vera Campbell, KWDZ Inc.; 
Steve Hirsh, Cooper Design Space
Amanda Albus, CSULA; 
Brittany Carr, California Market Center
Duston Jasso, FIDM
Ilse Metchek, CFA; 
Keri Ingvarsson ​Erica Kraus, Gen Art
Dean Wiener, Stony Apparel; 
Allison Cervera, Mt. SAC
Annabelle Lee, See You Monday
Shala Tabassi​, Design Knit
Tammy Chatkin, 24 Seven
Brian Weitman &
Paul Minestrella, STC-QST
Minika Ko, SMC; 
Lonnie Kane​, Karen Kane
Jenine Juri, Woodbury; 
Toni Lublin​, Lectra
Ilse MetchekMandy Oquendo, & Mary Woodworth, CFA; 
Bobby Hines, Department of Commerce
Ju Yun Choi, Otis
Willis Park, FIDM;
Allisa Villani, Betty Baumgardner Foundation
Chris Walia, AIMS 360; 
Uchechi Emenogu, El Camino College
Minika Ko, SMC; 
Ying Yang, CIT
Brian Weitman, STC-QST;
Karen Stump, CSULB
Barbara Lesser, Love Barbara; 
Molly Rhodes, California Apparel News
Loucine Tahmasian,
Pasadena City College
Gerry Seibel, CMC Gift & Home
Sharon Garcia, LATTC; 
Ram Sareen, Tukatech
Ilse Metchek, CFA;
Kent Smith & Rena Leddy, Fashion District BID
Rosalia Lee, UPS; 
Taylor Sandell, LBCC
Food provided by New Moon
Doug Evans, YMA National Scholarship Fund; 
Ilse Metchek, CFA; 
Jeffrey Sesko, Rosenthal & Rosenthal; 
Spencer Hong, Fineman West
View all photos here.
A special thank you to our sponsors
The Betty Baumgardner Foundation