Local designers make holiday décor to raise money for HIV/AIDS programs in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Local designers are coming together to support DIFFA or Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

DIFFA KC has been a local chapter of the national organization for 25 years. In the past 10 years, DIFFA KC has raised more than $750,000 for Kansas City AIDS service organizations.

The organization is run entirely through volunteers, so money raised goes straight to education and awareness programs to prevent HIV/AIDS. 

Of the money raised, 15 percent goes to grants awarded through the national organization, while 85 percent of the money stays in the greater KC community.

Holidays by Design is an annual fundraiser featuring handmade holiday décor from local designers. For example, Christina Moncke owns Architexture Clothing in Kansas City. She is making a tree skirt and Christmas stockings, using materials she featured in the October show for Kansas City Fashion Week. She shared her progress with 41 Action News through photos.

Holidays by Design 2013 is on Saturday, November 16 at the Bean Hangar Event Space at the Roasterie. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event starts at 7 p.m.  There will be cocktails and hor d'oeuvres to help you kick start the holiday season.

The silent auction will be filled with one-of-a-kind wreathes, tree skirts, stockings and other holiday décor.  In addition, the live auction will feature two experience packages. 

The Plaza Lighting Ceremony package includes two VIP passes to the staging area.

You can also host up to 30 of your friends at the Knotty Rug Co., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. where you will enjoy wine, coffee from the Roasterie and dessert.

The New Year's Eve package includes a $100 gift certificate to Affare Restaurant, two passes to a New Year's Eve party and a one-night stay at the Aladdin in downtown KC.

Advanced tickets to Holidays by Design are $50.  It costs $60 at the door.

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