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‘Project Runway’ judge coming to Project Funway in Vail

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Vail — Adding even more glamour to its annual fundraising gala, Education Foundation of Eagle County announced that "Project Runway" star and Denver-born fashion designer Mondo Guerra has signed on as a judge at this year's Project Funway event, hosted at the Dobson Ice Arena in Vail on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Now in its seventh year, Project Funway is an unconventional fashion design event that challenges amateur and professional designers to create garments out of anything but fabric and send them down a runway to be critiqued by expert judges. The challenge is to raise funds for EFEC. The approach is avant-garde and fun. This unique event brings community, teachers, parents and students together in a creative, collaborative way.

"Bringing Mondo into the fold for Project Funway will be an incredible experience for our designers as well as everyone in attendance," said Pavan Krueger, Project Funway founder and EFEC trustee. "His commitment to important causes including education and advocacy have made him an inspiration here in Colorado — and beyond. We are so thrilled to have his support as we work to support and build engaging learning opportunities for students in Eagle County."

Meet Mondo

Mondo Guerra is a Colorado-born designer and social influencer whose innovative style and bold prints have caught the fashion world's imagination, while his truth and courage captured the hearts of fans around the world when he first revealed his HIV status on "Project Runway" Season 8. He later went on to win the debut season of "Project Runway All Stars" and became an audience favorite as a mentor on Lifetime's spinoff series, "Under The Gunn".

Guerra joins a lineup of skilled judges at this year's Project Funway event, including Thomas Salamunovich, celebrated Vail restaurateur and art collector; Beth Slifer, interior design expert, creative director and founder of Slifer Designs; Diane Boyer, of SKEA Limited, a luxury mountain lifestyle brand for ski and city wear; Colorado contemporary fine artist Britten (also a 2016 competition designer); and Mark Kogan, private investor, actor and philanthropist.

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During this year's Project Funway event, there are three designer and prize categories with separate runway competitions for each: youth 12 and younger; young adult 13-18; and adult will showcase the innovative, fun and extraordinary designs from a wide range of creative minds, including renowned designer Nina McLemore. Prizes will be awarded for the top three designs in each of the categories. This year's competition will also include the Mondo Guerra Best in Show award, as selected by Mondo Guerra.

Tickets for the event are on sale now.

If you go …

What: Project Funway, a fundraiser for Education Foundation of Eagle County.

Where: Dobson Ice Arena, Vail.

When: Saturday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m.

Cost: $95-$500 with sponsorship opportunities available.

More information: Visit http://www.efec.org.