If you love fashion, food and raising money for a good cause, you now have exciting plans for this Wednesday night! Sisters On The Runway (SOTR) is hosting its annual benefit fashion show March 30 in Heritage Hall HUB at 7:00 p.m.
SOTR is a student-run organization here at Penn State that works to prevent and raise awareness of domestic violence. The organization, which was founded in 2005 by three New Jersey high school students, has spread to high school and college campuses across the east coast and has raised over $80,000 in the fight against domestic violence.
“In 2014, I founded the newest chapter here at Penn State with my friend Lauren Shearer. All proceeds raised from our chapter are donated directly to the domestic violence shelter in State College, the Centre County Women’s Resource Center,” President Layla Taremi says.
The SOTR fashion show will also feature guest speakers, including the SOTR faculty advisor Tom Cali, the CCWRC Executive Director Anne Ard, SOTR members and a personal story from a victim of domestic violence.
Fashion show attendees can expect free food, exciting talent, a raffle and of course, great clothes. Rave Dance Company, Jadhoom Dance Team and vocalists Mandy Quinones, Julie Bouchard and Matt Fell are all set to perform. This Wednesday’s fashion show will include models in clothing donated from our favorite local stores and even showcase clothing from Han Made Clothing, a brand created by a Penn State student designer.
“We feel that our models confidently strutting down a runway represents strong individuals and happiness,” Taremi says.
SOTR raises money through a variety of fundraisers leading up to the spring fashion show, which is the largest SOTR fundraiser of the year. The fashion show brings in most of the funds raised for the shelters and victims of domestic abuse.
Tickets are $10 each and on sale now in the HUB and will also be available at the door. If you are unable to attend the fashion show, but would still like to donate to the CCWRC, you can visit SOTR’s donation page.