Global supermodel Heather Marks set to open Obakki + Holt Renfrew Show, May 10


Canadian supermodel Heather Marks will be walking the runway at the Obakki Foundation’s one-of-a-kind fashion gala, which takes place at Holt Renfrew on Tuesday May 10 to raise funds for clean water projects and education in South Sudan.

Discovered in her hometown of Calgary at the age of 12, Heather has since graced countless covers such as Elle, W, and Vogue, and has walked for every major fashion house, including Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton. The Vancouver-based Obakki Foundation is truly honoured to have Heather’s participation in what promises to be a remarkable evening.

Heather joins other leading Canadian and South Sudanese models, including Tasha Tilberg, Ajak Deng, Grace Bol, Achok Majak, and Mari Agory, to walk the runway in Obakki’s newest designs and select pieces from Holt Renfrew’s current collections: bringing together the vision of Obakki’s creative designer and founder Treana Peake, whose goal is to unite fashion and philanthropy to create positive change in the world.

“Words can’t describe how thrilled I am to have the support from each of these women for a cause that I believe so deeply in,” says Peake, founder and director of the Obakki Foundation, her clothing line’s philanthropic counterpart. “It’s not often that we see names such as these in the Vancouver fashion scene, so to have them here reaffirms just how special this evening will be for those in attendance. Combined with food, wine, music and some very special guest speakers, this event will be a memorable one.”

Doors open at 7:30pm, with a Red Carpet reception hosted by fashion media personality Susie Wall from 7:30pm until 8:30pm, and the runway fashion show to follow at 9pm. All proceeds from ticket sales, and 10% of Holt Renfrew sales after the event, will go directly towards helping the Foundation develop clean water projects in South Sudan.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite ( for $150 and include fashion show, reception, drinks & canapés, live music and entertainment. A limited number of VIP tickets that include front row reserved seating, gift bags and an opportunity to mix and mingle with the evening’s stars at a private hosted pre-show reception are available for $300.

For more information about the work of the Obakki Foundation, visit

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