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'Project Runway' designer Mondo Guerra here for AIDS fundraiser

Fashion designer and AIDS advocate Mondo Guerra will unveil new T-shirt designs to benefit Philly nonprofit organization ActionAIDS at the Fashion in Action event on Valentine's Day at the Hotel Palomar. Guerra, who revealed he was HIV-positive while competing on "Project Runway" in 2010, will also outfit models in three one-off looks to be auctioned off at the event.

'Project Runway' designer Mondo Guerra here for AIDS fundraiser

Fashion designer and AIDS advocate Mondo Guerra will unveil new T-shirt designs to benefit Philly nonprofit organization ActionAIDS at the Fashion in Action event on Valentine's Day at the Hotel Palomar. Guerra, who revealed he was HIV-positive while competing on "Project Runway" in 2010, will also outfit models in three one-off looks to be auctioned off at the event.

The T-shirts are in support of Dining Out for Life on April 26.

The annual restaurant event will have 200 local restaurants expected to participate and donate a third of the day's receipts to Action AIDS, which started the fundraiser in 1991. It's since expanded to more than 60 cities.

Guerra told us that revealing his status on "Project Runway," was "my first moment of pure honesty with myself and other people."

He had no idea it would result in him working for various AIDS organizations, but "I was overwhelmed by love and support from so many people. Fans of the show, people who know people living with disease."

"It made me take responsibility to continue the conversation," says Guerra, who many fans say was robbed by not winning "Project Runway." He later won the first season of "Project Runway All-Stars."

Tickets for Fashion in Action are $50 and available at ActionAIDS.org. For more info on Dining Out for Life, visit diningoutforlife.com.

Read more from our column in Thursday's Daily News.

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