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Passion meets fashion

Business, runways and charitable causes

By Judianne Jayme

The viral sensations behind Young Entrepreneur Society International (YES Int’l) have struck again. Co-founders Gavin Cornelius and Valen Vergara, along with Vice President of Product Development and the evening’s host, Reno Johnston, have put on their fourth YES Int’l event since the summer, bringing their 2014 social event calendar to a close with a bang. Styl’d 4 Success brought together two distinct worlds: that of entrepreneurs and the runways of the fashion world.

A quick glance to the Young Entrepreneur Society International Facebook group page leads to an extensive list of 600+ members of “young futuristic entrepreneurs looking to grow their business, profit and income.” This organization has created quite the following, evident in how quickly their spacious venue filled up. Guests were treated to complimentary headshots by one of Winnipeg’s most sought-after photographers AJ Batac and his team. Focus Line Productions, courtesy of Manny Diolazo, set up their video gear to not miss a single beat of the event. Pixels and Giggles, owned by the Manitoba Filipino Business Council’s young entrepreneur of the year, Rico Francisco, set up their photo booth, providing instant bookmark-style printouts for guests to take home. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and champagne also made the rounds to all guests.

Opera Ultralounge became the place to be that night where the “business savvy and the style hungry meet to play.” The evening featured performances from M. Funk Dance and opera singer Tammy Schroeder. The highlight of the event was the fashion show itself, featuring local boutiques Style Bar, Luxe and Charm, Aldo Formal Wear, Mad About Style, and NW Fashions. Models gracefully made their way down the dance floor, showcasing the varying styles from these local designers. The models featured lashes by Lasholicious’s Mary Gomez with hair and make-up by Cherry Vicente and the team behind Cherry Vicente Beauty Studio. David Horton’s Interfusion Media featured a laser display that complimented the chic, trendy, and forward-moving aura of the room. Three adjectives to sum up the event: successful, classy and glamorous.

All glitz and glamour aside, the most rewarding aspect of this event is the fact that it has a purpose to make a difference in the world we live in, and for future generations. This event was the launching of The Worldwide Expedition of Peace and Truth Project (WEPT Project), the non-profit division of YES Int’l. More information about this cause can be found on Facebook and on Not only do these masterminds know how to throw down an on-trend event (evident from their rooftop sessions prior to this fashion show), they also know how to see the bigger picture. Events are only truly successful when it benefits more than just those in the room – and YES Int’l has done just that by launching a charitable organization with a global reach.

Ready to make your local and global difference?

Like the Young Entrepreneur Society International page on Facebook or bookmark their website ( to keep up to date with future events. Gavin, Valen and Reno do not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. You’re either with them, or watching them! Join the momentum and say “yes” to success!

Photos by AJ Batac

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