Emotions ran high at Beauty Bar Denver during Mondo Guerra’s silent auction and Project Runway episode 10 viewing party hosted by Fabric Lab. The venue was packed to capacity with an energetic crowd of supporters who showed up to share what has turned out to be the most poignant moments in season 8 thus far.
“I’m free,” Mondo said during the episode.
Mondo’s touching reveal of his HIV positive status resonated throughout the room. The audience was in tears after his heartfelt admission, creating a surge of love and encouragement around the Denver designer. For ten years, Mondo withheld his HIV status from his family for fear of rejection and disappointment.
Mondo’s parents and family were in attendance Thursday evening, sustaining their support for a son who has captured the hearts and inspired the lives of a nationwide audience. Having intimate family matters unfold on national television must be daunting. Still, the Guerra family rallied bravely around Mondo, exemplifying the beauty of unconditional love.
Special guest host Michael Costello delighted the benefit’s guests with his uncanny impersonations of Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. His energy and humor provided a comedic counterpoint to the sensitive nature of the evening.
As many tears that were shed during the night, there were equally as many moments of laughter and joy. Michael Costello and Mondo held in an impromptu live auction for lunch with them both. The civil bidding soon turned competitive as eager fans clamored for a chance to share a meal with the designers. In the end, it was Marci Fulton who claimed the coveted prize with an astonishing bid of $400.
Benefit guests continued Ms. Fulton’s generous donation by digging deep into their pockets to support Colorado AIDS Project and Rainbow Alley. The silent auction items included a signed Heidi Klum Barbie and book by the supermodel herself, autographed books from Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia, original garments from Mondo and several season 8 designers, a Vivienne Tam laptop from HP, and artwork from local artists Paul Moschell and Ziah Zolis. Every item in the auction was sold.
“I am so overwhelmed by the amount of love and support that everyone has given,” Mondo shared with Examiner.com, “I am grateful for everybody’s generosity and feel so good to be able to give back to CAP and Rainbow Alley.”
When Mondo won the challenge, the cheers were deafening. While the triumph was sweet, his supporters recognized that he was a winner no matter what. Mondo’s 3-consecutive wins have made Project Runway history. No other designer in has earned 3 straight victories in a row.
“I’m still in disbelief at how amazing this experience has been,” said Mondo, “I’ve always dreamed about making fashion my career, and now those dreams are coming true! I just want everybody to know that if you keep dreaming and keep working hard, you can do unbelievable things.”