Annual benefit fashionable, educational

The Huntsville chapter of Habitat for Humanity contacted Harriet Griggs, Family and Consumer Sciences lecturer, with a fundraising idea. The organization wanted to hold a fashion show to raise money for their cause.

The show, titled “Good Looks for a Good Cause,” will benefit the Habitat for Humanity through $20 ticket sales. These tickets can be purchased in advance at several local retailers or at the door before the fashion show.

The fashion show, which has been completely managed and produced by Griggs’ “Fashion Promotion” class, will be held this Saturday at the the Old Town Theater.

The responsibilities of the students included behind-the-scenes management and organizing. The students signed up for committees and each had their own tasks.

“Being a coordinator of any fashion show requires hard work but this show was exceedingly different,” Tiffany Adams, a fashion merchandising major and coordinator of the models said. “I have worked with a variety of designers in the Houston area, hosted and assisted with shows, but this show was a huge challenge.”

Adams’ contributions to the fashion show included fitting the models, providing training and assigning each individual to certain areas. “As a striving undergraduate student and creative designer, I desired to transport original ideas and gestures to this organization through production,” Adams said. “It is and will continue to be my endeavor to encourage and support communities and organizations through my service.”

Some of the clothing that will be showcased during the show will be active wear, leisurewear, business-formal and informal-and rodeo and fair fashions. “We have a group of trend-setting clothing and even some vintage clothing,” Griggs said. Harley Rex, chairperson for fundraising for The Habitat for Humanity, will open the show. Rex was in charge of finding a vast majority of models comprised of local residents of Huntsville in addition to a few students.

A brief presentation will be shown during the fashion show to present the homes Habitat for Humanity has provided for the city of Huntsville.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Gene Myrick, the owner of the Old Town Theater. Myrick will be providing commentary on the clothing as it is shown during the fashion show.At the conclusion of the fashion show, approximately 12 door prizes will be given away including two designer dresses and a Juicy Couture handbag. Other prizes include various gift certificates to local restaurants. In conjunction with serving their community, the students of Griggs’ class learned valuable lessons about their industry.

“Patience and flexibility are some things that I had to learn and apply because the fashion industry is so unpredictable,” Adams said.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Audies, Baskin’s Department Store, Cavender’s Boot City, Comet Cleaners, Curves for Women, Fabric Carousel, The Facemaker, J.C. Penney, Kaldi’s, McNease Drugs, Style In and Walker County Hardware.

For more information, contact Griggs at 936.294.4512.

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