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The “Trashion” Runway


From our friends at Ding Darling Wildlife Society:

In 2019, DDWS introduced Project Refuge: A Couture Fashion Show Using Trash as part of its celebration of the Refuge 75th anniversary.  This year, on March 31, it brings back the luncheon and runway competition for DDWS’ 40th anniversary.

“It was such a huge success in raising Refuge support, as well as awareness about recycling and the threat of trash to our wildlife,” said Birgie Miller, DDWS Executive Director. “ The fashion ensembles created from repurposed materials were out of this world!”

A limited number of tickets for the luncheon, to be held at The Community House at 2173 Periwinkle Way, have gone on sale.  The tickets are $150 each and available only by advance purchase online.  The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes emcee commentary by artist Rachel Pierce and a contest judging, along with lunch.

“We have 20 design teams registered to participate in the show,” said DDWS Development Officer April Boehnen, event organizer. “Expect creations fashioned out of everything from recycled plastic to disposable face masks, plastic caps and vinyl event banners on the ‘trashion’ runway.”

“All profits will directly benefit the Refuge’s education and water-quality research programs,” said Birgie. “It’s a fun and entertaining way to make a difference while enjoying lunch with friends and like-minded conservationists.”


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