For 10 years, Cinderella’s Closet held an annual fashion show as its main fundraiser event. It was typically held on the last Friday of January and is a fun filled night of events. The show was created to be run by high school students to give them a chance to learn to be leaders, volunteers, and gain them experience. The night began with a cocktail hour where our guests are invited to take part in our many raffles and auctions. The raffles were where we made the most of our money which went into running our second event, the boutique. The ticket price for the show helped defer the cost of the venue, runway, lights, etc. The fashion show originally had two components to it, the traditional fashion show supported and sponsored by a local boutique and tuxedo store, and the auction raffle which again was supported by local business and volunteers. On the second year, we added two more elements, an entertainment portion, where local high school talent wass asked to perform during the show, and our project runway challenge. The entertainment has featured high school dance groups, bands, and singer/song-writer duos over the years.
In 2009, we started the incredibly popular section of the show, the Project Runway Challenge where talented students from local high schools, design formal wear and model it down our runway. The audience voted for their favorite and a panel of judges from the fashion industry awarded prizes for different categories as well. We started this program with only one school, and it grew to include up to six different schools and 24 young incredibly talented students participate.
Our masters of ceremony were high school volunteers that have participated and demonstrated a commitment to the organization. It was always a treat for all to see the personality and hidden talents that the high school models bring to the show. It was amazing and very rewarding to see how they all raised the bar to make every fashion show a memorable one.