With unique items like business class round-trip flights to Manila, this auctioneer was hard at work.
This live auction — along with a silent auction and holiday bazaar — was part of a major fundraiser put on by non-profit organization Philippine International Aid, or “PIA.”
This sold-out event of an estimated 800 in attendance was called “Giving Hope to the Children 2017”.
Since 1986, PIA has supported disadvantaged Filipino youth in the Philippines and the US.
“Over the years we have saved and sent children to school, about 55,000 children,” said Sonia Delen. “We have provided about $4.1 million over the years.”
For 40 cents a day or $150 a year, sponsors help children with school supplies, clothing, food, and medical attention.
Attendees were also entertained by Fil-Am singer Maddie B, and a fashion show by Hollywood designer Oliver Tolentino.
“This is worthy of a New York fashion week or a London fashion week so this is the first time we are bringing a San Francisco fashion week, PIA-style.”
“I made sure that we produced a beautiful collection for this fashion show,” said Tolentino, “and this is for the unfortunate kids in the Philippines so I’m very, very happy to do this.”
Locally, PIA, in partnership with Wells Fargo bank, has also provided over $41,000 in scholarships to low-income bay area Filipino students.
PIA disbursed $48,000 to help Fil-Am intiatives covering cultural immersion, gang prevention, mental health education, and technology training for veterans.