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Two Students Recognized at Discarded to Divine

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco recently announced the "Best of" choices for its 4th Annual Discarded to Divine charity auction and fashion show. School of Fashion students Jennifer Filo and Zhang Chi Wang were among those recognized. Jennifer's Golden Forest handbag was chosen as the Best of Accessories and Zhang Chi Wang's lamp,  The Ocean Deep, was chosen as the Best of Home.

Bay Area designers and students create home goods, accessories and clothing made from recycled materials for the event. The discarded items used to create these works of art include high-quality materials that have no use in the day-to-day survival of a homeless person, such as upholstery and vintage fabrics, curtains, formal gowns, briefcases and bridesmaid dresses.

The School of Fashion has been involved with the charity event since its inception and encourages students to participate. Students in Textile Design classes created everything from chairs to pillows to lamps for this year’s event. 

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is one of San Francisco’s major human service organizations with programs that help the most fragile people in our community - those suffering from homelessness, poverty, domestic violence and addiction.  The Society’s programs include the largest homeless shelter in Northern California, the largest continuum of battered women’s shelters and services in the city, and one of only two programs in San Francisco that distributes free clothing to the poor.  The St. Vincent de Paul Society feeds, clothes, shelters and helps over 1,000 men, women and children every day.  Founded in 1860, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco serves anyone in need; working to break the cycles of homelessness, substance abuse and domestic violence, and helping the neediest in our community begin to rebuild their lives. 

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