Fashion Fights AIDS San Francisco – Meet The Staff

There is a TON of work that goes into producing a fashion show; especially one as important as the FASHION FIGHTS AIDS: SF AIDS Foundation Benefit FASHION SHOW 2010 happening at the Horizon Lounge in San Francisco on July 16th.

It may be the models who walk the runway, but it’s the people behind the scenes who got them there.


Leyina Chen – Production
Leyina Chen is coming to the fashion industry with 10+ years of event planning experience. She has planned many events such as corporate parties, fundraisers, social mixers, and cultural events for campus associations, professional networking groups, non-profit organizations, and high-tech companies in Northern California. Leyina is an avid advocate for promoting the fashion community in the Bay Area. She is pursuing to start her own fashion production and e-commerce business.

Besides her passion in fashion, Leyina works full time for a marketing company, she is an active volunteer in the Taiwanese American community, and is a proud single mother of two children.

Leyina Chen Fashion Fights AIDS San Francisco

Shaun McClendon – Media
Shaun McClendon former Model/ Actor with experience working with some of the top Photographers in the Industry such as Miko Lim and Anthony Cramer, also with Northern California’s noted Television Production & Theater greats Michael Hoff Productions and Theater Bay Area. Current founder of Supreme Network a referral source for top prospects within the Entertainment, Arts, and Business Networking Community.

shaun mcclendon Fashion Fights AIDS San Francisco

Mary Canellos – Backstage Assistant
Mary has always had a love of fashion and recently graduated from Fashion Institute of  Design & Merchandising with a degree in merchandise marketing. She feels being a part of this fashion show is a very rewarding experience for her because it involves fashion, and helps bring awareness to a very important cause.

“Being able to connect with people through fashion, style, music and art is a beautiful thing and I’m excited to be a part of such an amazing night.”

Mary Canellos Fashion Fights AIDS San Francisco

Jessica Youngsmith – Backstage Assistant
Jessica was born and raised in San Francisco and is a recent graduate of the University of California-Davis. She hopes to soon become involved in the sales and/or production of eco-friendly clothing, and is always hoping to meet people who are similarly interested (so if you are, talk to her!). She is so very proud to be a part of this fabulous production, and proud of the co-workers, designers and models who made this event possible. She would like to thank you so much for attending, and hopes to see you again next year!


Horizon Lounge is an upscale venue located at 498 Broadway (Kearney) in the North Beach area of San Francisco.

-HYDEF Performance performing LIVE to open the runway show!
-Set4Life Entertainment will be hosting the after party
-Multiple dance floors and a full bar
-More than 40+ models
-Showcasing 8 designers
-Theatrical catwalk

Style Code: Fashionably Chic

We have also formed a team to participate in the Aids Walk on July 18, 2010. If you would like to join our team or make a donation please visit the AIDS WALK SF website ( and search for our team “Fashion Fights Aids”.

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