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Holt Renfrew Fashion Gala for Arts Umbrella and Blue Water Red CRoss

May 6, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Holt Renfrew's annual Arts Umbrella Fashion Gala is always one of the most coveted tickets of the year. This time, the event was held in the company's new $30 million dollar flagship store and featured fashions by Diane von Furstenberg and performances by Cirque du Soleil's Corteo. Stars like Steven Seagal, who is in town to shoot a digital feature called Ruslan, stopped by. All proceeds support Arts Umbrella, Canada's centre for arts education. Meanwhile, local actors and VIPs were featured at the first annual World Red Cross Celebrity Soiree at Yaletown's Blue Water Cafe. May 8th marked the day as all 186 national societies honoured the Red Cross movement and the humanitarian efforts in local markets. Fabulous food, and interviews with the featured guests, helped raise money local programs, disaste response, first aid and humanitarian issues.

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bluewater_redcross-5067 Pretty in pink - the girls from the Blo hair salon in Yaletown help out with touch-ups outside the Blue Water event.
bluewater_redcross-5070 Robson Arms star Alisen Down, left, joins fellow actresses Christine Chatelaine, of Dr. Doolittle 4, and Rebecca Robbins at Blue Water.
bluewater_redcross-5072 Known most recently for his work in CBC's jPod, Ben Ayres, seen here with wife Erin at Blue Water, can next be seen in Psych.
bluewater_redcross-5073 Red Cross event chair Linda Low, left, thanks CTV-9 newsman and event MC Mike Kileen and Juno movie actress Valerie Tian for supporting the event.
holtrenfrew_fashion-5040 Olympian Charmain Crooks, left, cuddles up to Molson rep Aussie Jiwani and artist Julie Ferguson at Holt's.
holtrenfrew_fashion-5052 Among the glamorous guests at Holt's are Kevin Chase, actress April Amber Telek, Canada's Next Gay Top Model finalist Dustin Jones and Katie Gusola.
holtrenfrew_fashion-5057 Canucks hockey captain Markus Naslund and his wife Lotta are among the VIPs at the big Holt night.
holtrenfrew_fashion-5058 With a new deal for her Open Sundaes bath products, glamorous Mashiah Vaughn joins in the celebrations at Holt's.
holtrenfrew_fashion-5060 Shopping Bags star Kristina Matisic, left, checks out the action at the fashion gala with Holt's own glamour gal, Yasmin Eghdami.
holtrenfrew_fashion-5065 Looking perfect in hot pink, Holt gala and Arts Umbrella event co-chair Christie King deserves a big round of applause for all her hard work.



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