United Colors of Fashion Gala with Pat Cleveland
Founded in 2010, United Colors of Fashion is a New York City-based non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization with a passion to locally mentor under-resourced youth in New York City about the fashion industry through hands-on training in fashion education; and offer provisions of financial assistance, food, and clothing to youth in South Africa who are living with HIV/AIDS, sickle cell anemia and paralysis. UCOF is very different than most non-profit registered 501 (c)(3) organizations. 100% of public donations are used to fund its programs, while daily operating costs are covered by sponsors, the board of directors and private donors. UCOF’s FREE Fashion Education Program is the first of its kind in the United States. The organization is supported by an international team of philanthropically-minded, skilled professionals with backgrounds in fashion, the arts, and business – all of whom donate their time and expertise free of charge.