Tis the season to be shopping and what better place than at Project Angel Food’s annual Divine Design event, celebrating its twenty-first year with a Rock ‘n’ Roll theme.
So if you’re not familiar with Divine Design, it’s the largest charity-shopping event on the West Coast, connecting top designers in home, fashion, gift and accessories with devoted holiday shoppers, with 100% of the sales benefiting Project Angel Food, which nourishes the body and spirit of women, men and children struggling with HIV/AIDS, Cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses.
This year one of Project Angel Food’s most passionate and supportive designers David Meister was honored at the opening night gala. I sat down with David to chat about Project Angel Food, his passion for the charity and why he feels it’s important to give back.
Hallman: How many years have you been involved with Project Angel Food and Divine Design?
Meister: I’ve been involved with Project Angel Food and Divine Design for 10 years now.
Hallman: Why is it so important to you to support the charity?
Meister: I’m involved with several charities, but what’s important to me about Project Angel Food, is the charity started over twenty-one years ago when the design community was first hit and found itself being devastated by HIV/AIDS leaving so many people ill and homebound. The goal of Project Angel Food became to deliver a hot nutritional meal to people living with HIV/AIDS by volunteers, whom not only delivered the food, but also spend time with the individual providing more than just the physical nourishment but also some human contact. Project Angel Food became more than just a service that fed the body but an organization that also fed the soul and that’s what attracted me to the organization.
Hallman: Today, thankfully with the improvement of drugs and educational awareness, we see more people with HIV/AIDS living longer more healthier lives. How has this changed Project Angel Food.
Meister: Yes today with HIV/AIDS being more manageable, Project Angel Food has been able to extend its services to individuals that are homebound and critically ill from Cancer and other life-threatening illnesses as well.
Hallman: So what’s the goal of Divine Design?
Meister: The goal of Divine Design is to over the next five days get people to come out and shop for themselves, start their Christmas shopping while at the same time giving back to the community knowing that with every $5.00 spent a hot meal will be provided to someone in need.
Hallman: So we’re standing here in the middle of the market place in the David Meister department. What can shopper expect to find this season from you when they come to Divine Design?
Meister: They’ll find everything from great day dresses to metallic cocktail dresses, which are great for holiday in a full size range starting at 2 and going up to, size 24.
Other fashion brands participating at this year’s event include: Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Theory, Elizabeth and James, AG Jeans, Jessica Simpson, Brooks Brothers, Monique Lhuillier, Tadashi Shoji, Black Halo, True Religion, l.a.Eyeworks and Kiehl’s Since 1851.
All items are sold starting at 60% off with daily price reductions beginning Saturday, December 1st. Divine Design runs thru December 3rd and is located at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90210. For more information www.divinedesign.org