Funk Zone Fashion Show Aims to Attract Next Generation of Philanthropists

The Dream Foundation partnered with local swimwear designer, and Dos Pueblos High School graduate Danielle Rocha, to host a swimwear runway show Thursday evening benefiting the Dream Foundation.

The event known as “Summer Dream,” took place at Aperture Collection and Cabana Home in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone.

The “Summer Dream” event geared towards attracting young professionals to the charity work of making dreams come true for those battling life-threatening illnesses.

The Dream Foundation says that it has seen an increase in engagement from young audiences between the ages of 18 and 35, and about 11 percent of dream recipients are between 18 and 35 years old.

The event, emceed by NewsChannel 3’s Shirin Rajaee, showcased a mixture of 1980’s and Brazilian style inspired bikinis by Rocha Swim.

“It is exciting to be working with a talented young designer like Danielle Rocha, who has channeled her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit into giving back to the community,” said the event chair Arlene Montesano in a statement.

Fashion from other local designers, food from Carl’s Jr., and a raffle were also part of the event. A live performance by aerial dancers delighted the crowd prior to the fashion show.

All proceeds from the event will be earmarked to serve the dreams of applicants in their twenties.

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