Runway Red fashion show helps raise money for Matthew 25 – The Gleaner

Runway Red is an annual fashion show with a worthy trigger.

Money raised from the occasion goes to assist purchase meals or pay for lodging for sufferers of Matthew 25 Aids Companies, an area specialty medical clinic that helps, educates and treats individuals contaminated and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Runway Red began off as a summer season fundraiser that was held at Worsham Corridor. Because it grew, it was moved to Group Baptist Church to accommodate a bigger crowd.

It was additionally moved to March as a result of March 10 is Nationwide HIV Aids Consciousness Day for ladies and women.

"We determined to base the occasion round that and produce consciousness to the neighborhood about HIV and AIDS and to introduce spring fashions to the neighborhood," mentioned Sally Welch, the clinic's director of neighborhood providers.

Welch mentioned the nonprofit often set its sights on elevating greater than $10,000. Due to sponsorships, they have been almost on the midway level for that purpose earlier than the doorways opened Saturday.

The money raised goes to the the Matthew 25 normal fund. It is allotted to offer sufferers with providers that are not funded beneath federal grants.

"Typically it might be emergency meals," mentioned Welch. "If they're homeless, it might be attempting to assist them out getting them right into a motel till we will discover them steady housing, these form of issues."

This was the 10th yr for Runway Red.

"It appears that evidently yearly it will get extra thrilling and a bit bit larger," mentioned Welch.

This yr's occasion bought off to a actually blazing begin.

Group Baptist Church loaned its 15-passenger van to shuttle among the distributors and fashions who parked on the close by Aqua Metropolis pool facility to the church on Pebble Creek Drive.

The van caught fireplace within the roadway in entrance of the church. Luckily, everybody was capable of make it out of the automobile safely and nobody was harm. Engulfed by flames, the van was totaled. There was additionally entrance-finish injury to a automobile parked close by.

Regardless of the plumes of smoke billowing towards the sky and the firefighters working to extinguish the flames, guests used the sidewalk -- which was a protected sufficient distance from the fireplace -- to proceed towards the church.

Contained in the church, it was the fashion from native retailers that set the stage ablaze.

This was Gina Mullis's second yr taking part within the fashion show. Just a few fashions confirmed off informal and dressy ladies's apparel from her retailer Amerie, situated in Newburgh.

"I solely carry manufacturers that give again not directly, so I attempt to put one thing from every of the manufacturers I've within the show," Mullis mentioned.

Mullis helps a unique native group every month by way of Amerie. Matthew 25 was the trigger to assist in February, so it was solely pure that she proceed supporting them by means of the nonprofit's charity fashion show in March.

She added that taking part within the fashion show final yr had a constructive influence on her retailer.

"I had new clients that got here in after the show, as a result of they have been on the show and noticed the garments," Mullis mentioned.

There have been about 15 distributors promoting merchandise, plus six native shops and 30-plus fashions taking part. There have been additionally many volunteers who helped make the occasion potential.

Volunteer Gracie Langley acted as a server for the occasion.

Langley mentioned she was a bit nervous about serving, however had some expertise since she works in concessions on the native movie show. She's additionally considerably aware of the church as a result of it is the one her boyfriend's household attends.

Her purpose for volunteering is tied to classwork.

"I am in a neighborhood involvement class at the highschool taught by Mrs. (Ginger) Stovall," mentioned the Henderson County Excessive senior. "Every group needed to choose someplace out locally to assist. We determined to return right here and assist."

For many who have been unable to attend this weekend's fashion show, there's nonetheless loads of methods to make a donation to Matthew 25.

Folks can donate by visiting the web site matthew25clinic.org and going to the donate hyperlink; dropping a donation at workplace, situated at 425 Previous Corydon Street in Henderson; or mailing a donation to the workplace.

"We'll take a donation any approach it comes," mentioned Welch.

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