Dan Gross: 'Project Runway' alum launches T-shirt designs at AIDS benefit

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 DiningOut for Life, visit diningoutforlife.com.


* If you want to interview

Charles Barkley, you let him pick the location. Comcast SportsNet's Neil Hartman and Jim Lynam sat down Tuesday to interview Barkley at Chops (401 City Ave.) in Bala Cynwyd, where the Sixers legend is a regular.

* "Beautiful Creatures" stars

Thomas Mann and Zoey

Deutch appeared Tuesday at Macy's at the Cherry Hill Mall

to promote the film, which opens on Valentine's Day. Mann, who starred in "Project X," and Deutch, of the CW's "Ringer," signed autographs for 200 fans of the young adult book series who look forward to the movie.

Deutch is the daughter of actress Lea Thompson from ABC Family's "Switched at Birth," and star of '80s classics such as "Back to the Future," "Some Kind of Wonderful" and the original "Red Dawn."

City teacher wins $$$ on 'Millionaire'

Congratulations to Amy McGinley, who teaches eighth grade math and science at G.W. Childs Elementary in Point Breeze, who won $60,600 on Wednesday's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" McGinley chose to walk away before answering the $100,000 Question: What animal has the science journal Nature dubbed the world's fastest eater, claiming "it can identify and eat a piece of prey in 120 milliseconds?" The options: A: Trapdoor spider; B: Manta ray; C: Star-nosed mole; D: Ivory-billed woodpecker. The correct answer: C, the star-nosed mole.

Bello takes off 'Touch'

Norristown native Maria Bello has left Fox's "Touch," reports TVLine.com. She'll still be seen on at least part of season two, which premieres Feb. 8.

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