Mozzes teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region for the “Fashion on Pearl” fashion show to raise money for the organization.
Although it was not the fashion scenes of places like Paris and London where Mozzes once worked, he said it was still special.
”Makes you feel like you are really doing something good not just for you or creativity but for other people too,” Mozzes said.
“The Ronald McDonald house is invaluable,” said 21-year-old Ali Al Falahi, a volunteer as well as a former resident of the Ronald McDonald House. “Basically there’s no price on what it does.”
The charity provides a home away from home for families of children receiving health care at nearby hospitals.
“So every $80 covers a room night for one of our families will help 750 families,” said Executive Director Jeffrey Yule. “This year and we never asked them to pay for a penny to stay at the Ronald house.”
“They provide them free dinners every night,” Al Falahi said. “And whatever the family needs they do it for them.”
Al Falahi, who is from Iraq, recalled his time living in the house after coming to the U.S. in 2005 to undergo surgery for a rare heart condition.
“The reverse of the great arteries, which is basically my blood flow was going backwards,” Al Falahi said. “I had no oxygen at all in my blood and I was supposed to die.”
However, Al Falahi survived.
Now he gives back to an organization he says gave him a place to live when he had nowhere to go and changed his life forever.
“I do help them in any way I can,” Al Falahi said. “If it’s volunteering they need me to do I will volunteer.”
“They need to help and why not?” Mozzes said. “If I can do it and make my work why not?”