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ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 26, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Leading textile and fashion designers will auction one-of-a-kind masks during a special virtual event this evening, with proceeds directly supporting work to overcome the barriers social distancing has placed on the millions of Americans who are blind and visually impaired.
"The mask has become a modern-day symbol of moving safely and responsibly through our society," said American Council of the Blind president Dan Spoone. "It's a fitting icon that will become part of these historic times, at the same time raising money and awareness for the work ACB undertakes each day to foster social inclusion at a time when social distancing has created many barriers for people who are blind and visually impaired."
When demand for Adult Prema® Anti-Bacterial Face Masks went through the roof, Accel Lifestyle's founder and CEO Megan Eddings had to find a way to meet it. Answering the call for help – none other than world-famous fashion designer Mark Zunino, who stepped in to help sew the masks for the public and medical professionals. Now, in celebration of their special collaboration, Zunino – who started his fashion label 20 years ago and has designed for Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Olivia Newton-John, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendez, and Julia Roberts – and Eddings are hosting "Meet the Makers: Fashion's Finest."
During the virtual event, which will be held live on Instagram this evening, Eddings and Zunino will sit down together for an intimate chat covering topics from what it's like designing for A-list celebrities to what it took to successfully pivot a business during the pandemic. Following the event, Eddings and Zunino will open an online auction for two one-of-a-kind Prema® Anti-Bacterial Face Masks that Eddings designed and Zunino himself customized. The proceeds from each mask will go to a charity of each designer's choice. Zunino, who lost his father to pancreatic cancer, said the proceeds from the black Prema® Anti-Bacterial Face Mask with crystal-encrusted cherries will benefit the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. Eddings, who was deeply inspired by a friend in Houston who was blind and active with ACB of Texas, said the proceeds from the white Prema® Anti-Bacterial Face Mask with red, white and blue stars will go to the American Council of the Blind. You can access the live event via the following link: https://tinyurl.com/yxwlvwhb.
ACB thanks Eddings and Zunino for their support. To learn more about Accel Lifestyles, visit www.accellifestyle.com. You can learn more about Mark Zunino's work at www.markzunino.com.
The American Council of the Blind is a 501(c)(3) national grassroots consumer organization expanding opportunity and independence for Americans who are blind and visually impaired. With 67 state and special-interest affiliates, ACB seeks to create a fully inclusive world for people who are blind and visually impaired. To learn more, visit www.acb.org.
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