Mixing Fashion and Philanthropy, Areva Martin Raises $500K for Autistic and Special Needs Children

May 26, 2022

Sentinel Press

“I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and love for the 14th annual Pink Pump Affair. More than 350 powerful women came together to collectively say that kids with autism and special needs matter!” said Martin, the founder and president of SNN. “The generous donations will allow the Special Needs Network to continue the transformative work of fighting and advocating for Black and brown kids with autism and other special needs, and ensure that they are valued and given every opportunity to thrive in our society.”

Hundreds of fashionistas, dressed in “power pink,” gathered at the Pink Pump Affair for a fun-filled afternoon, which included a champagne reception, a silent and live auction hosted by comedian/actress and SNN board member Kym Whitley and an awards show, honoring women of distinction. Plus, a fashion show, featuring Gen Z emerging designer Journey Carter along with size-inclusive clothing brands from African American designers, presented by MaTte ArGyLe, wowed the audience with size inclusive women of color on the catwalk. MaTte ArGyLe is Black-owned boutique at Runway Playa Vista.

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