When eight students in Union College's Event Planning class started brainstorming about their class project, they found they were passionate about two things: the BackPack Program and fashion. The combination of these interests will culminate in Fashion for Food, a benefit fashion show featuring designers and boutiques from Lincoln and Omaha on Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Campus Life North (map).
The proceeds of the runway show will help fund the Food Bank of Lincoln's BackPack Program, which distributes over 2,000 backpacks to students at 22 public schools and four parochial schools in the Lincoln area. For children that rely on school meal programs as their main source of nutrition, receiving their backpack on Fridays often means avoiding hunger over the weekend.
The college students chose to support the BackPack Program because they wanted their class assignment to be meaningful. “We were going to put in a lot of time and effort regardless of what event we did," said Michelle Current, junior communication major. "I’m glad we chose something that benefits people and community and that’s what the BackPack Program does.”
Kortnye Hurst, another junior communication major in the class, had met designers and boutiques in Omaha and Lincoln while participating in fashion shows earlier this year, and used those contacts to help organize the event. She and the other students found it wasn't hard to find contributors and supporters for a good cause.
“We are just really excited to be part of something that is so proactively helping the kids,” said Sheilah Glasco, from Stella Clothing, which will be showing a line at the event.
Anna Evans the Educational Director of Iasan & Sebastian Hair Salon, which is volunteering their services and creativity for the event, said, “We are always excited to participate in activities in the community because the community supports us. Being able to incorporate the kids who participate in the BackPack Program in the fashion show is a great way to connect the Lincoln community with the BackPack Program.”
Event tickets may be purchased online and cost $14 for general admission or $30 for a limited number of VIP tickets. For additional information contact Taleah Valles at Taleah [dot] valles [at] gmail [dot] com to learn more about Fashion for Food or visit the Food Bank of Lincoln's Web site to learn more about the BackPack Program.