Sisters on the Runway Holds Fashion Show to Raise Awareness and Money for Ending Domestic Violence

Penn State’s Sisters on the Runway branch held their second annual benefit fashion show Wednesday night. For those that don’t know, Sisters on the Runway is a national organization that hold fashion shows to raise money  and awareness for women and children who were victims of domestic violence. The chapter here at Penn State was established last year by Layla Taremi and Lauren Shearer.

This event was sponsored by a plethora of establishments such as Amazon, Johnson and Johnson as well as many local stores like Anthym, Blue Ivy, Connections Clothing, Dwellings, Diamonds and Lace Bridal Boutique, Kiwi Frozen Yogurt, Han Made Clothing, Headbands for Hope, Avant Garden, Her Campus, Harper’s for Men, Lion & Cub, Sercy and Zero Fashion. It was also sponsored by a few Greek organizations like Alpha Kappa Lambda, Phi Chi Theta, and Phi Gamma Nu. Finally, it was also sponsored by The Center County Women’s Resource Center (CCWRC) who was the ultimate recipient of the funds raised from the event.

The models that participated in the show were:

  1. Jordyn Blom – Freshman – Political Science
  2. Dillion Boggs – Junior – Biological Engineering
  3. Marissa Campanello – Freshman – Nursing
  4. Haley Clement – Freshman – Kinesiology
  5. Zach Connor – Junior –  Management Info. System
  6. Kristen Goett – Junior – Public relations
  7. Andrew Hearn – Junior – Hospitality Management
  8. Alyssa Inman – Sophomore – Journalism
  9. Kelly Kirkner – Senior – Animal Science
  10. Josh Matalon – Sophomore – BS/MBA
  11. Carly Michaels – Freshman – Nursing
  12. Casey Mills – Junior – Veterinary and Biomed Science
  13. Shawn Nerthling – Junior – Energy Business Finance
  14. Jessica Paugh – Junior –Elementary Education
  15. Mandy Quinones – Sophomore – Psychology
  16. Elizabeth Roberts – Freshman – Early Education and English
  17. Kyle Sittman – Senior – Management Info. Systems
  18. Jule Walsh – Senior – History, Anthropology, Political Science
  19. Cher Xu – Sophomore – Architecture
  20. Madi Zaykowski – Freshman – Marketing
  21. Shotgun – Service Dog

Before the main fashion show began, independent singer, Matt Fell warmed the crowed with his guitar playing and singing. Following this, the faculty advisor for Sisters on the Runway, Tom Cai took to the stage to stress the importance of becoming involved in something you really care about on campus. After Cai spoke, the executive director for the CCWRC, Anne Ard, began to talk about how important it is to give back and serve the community. Ard also mentioned that due to their breakthrough efforts, Sisters on the Runway will be awarded with an Emerging Leaders award at the CCWRC’s award ceremony in May.

Following this, Alexandra Couch brought the audience to tears as she talked about her struggle with domestic violence and how she ended up finding the CCWRC and how it saved her life. She was greeted with two standing ovations.

After her moving speech, another set of musicians prepped the crowd for the runway show. Mandy Quinones and Mike Vermiel sang Yesterday by The Beatles.

Finally, the show began. First up were Headbands for Hope where for every headband purchased, one would be given to a child with pediatric cancer. Following this, was Han Made Clothing, which featured game day clothing created by current Penn State student Hannah. Some of these clothing items were also being auctioned in a silent auction that was held in the back of the room.  After these two displays, Reve Dance Company performed followed by a vocal performace by studnet Julie Bouchard.

After, clothing from local shops were shown. First up was Dwellings wich featured fun, bright colors for spring as rompers, dresses and skirt sets. Zero Fashion was next and they featured sweaters, dresses and rompers. Connection’s Clothing followed and featured dresses, rompers, and tops. The final clothing lines were Harper’s for Men and Diamonds and Lace Bridal Boutique.

Once all of the clothes were presented and the models walked on the stage for their standing ovation, Anne Ard took the stage again to announce how much Sisters on the Runway raised from October until that moment, which was $3718. All of the rasied funds will be donated to the Center County Women’s Resource Center.

If you would like more information on Sisters on the Runway, check out the link below:

Penn State’s Chapter

Photo Credit: Kevin Abrokwah

 

 

 

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About Alicia Harris (12 Articles)
Alicia is a positive freshman majoring in biochemistry from Northern Virginia. She has big dreams of becoming a surgeon someday many years from now. When she’s not in class, eating, sleeping or studying, you can find her reblogging and starting conversations on Tumblr after-hours, or starting conversations about social justice with friends. In her free time, she loves to take pictures, watch movies, sing and discover new musicians on Spotify.

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