Students from the Fanshawe College fashion merchandising program are inviting the public to experience the joy of winter as it captures the spirit of the holiday season.
Spreading Goodwill is a fundraising fashion show, set for Friday, Nov. 30, and run by the merchandising students in partnership with Goodwill Industries. The venue, the new Goodwill Building (255 Horton St. E.), will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the gala event that will benefit the Micro Enterprise Program of My Sisters’ Place.
Students of the Fashion Merchandising Program choose to support My Sisters’ Place because of the impact the micro enterprise has on homeless women in the community.
“The ME (Micro Enterprise) program is where the magic of My Sisters’ Place is very evident,” said Susan Mcphail, director of My Sisters’ Place. “Women working together are empowered to discover talents they might not have known they had, their lives, and thus their families lives, change for the better, forever.”
This year the revamped show will focus on re-styling garments donated by Goodwill Industries. Newly created outfits will showcase the creativity of the fashion merchandising students and guests are being encouraged to wear elegant attire to the event.
Tickets include a complimentary beverage with appetizers and there will be an opportunity to participate in a silent auction that will feature a wide array of items.
As a result of this partnership, over $25,000 has been give back to the community since this annual show’s inception seven years ago.
Words such as “eye-opening, life-changing, inspiring and uplifting” are ones fashion merchandising professor Wendy Sperry said students have used to describe the experience of working in partnership with Goodwill and My Sisters’ Place.
“The students have been working hard to promote the sustainability of women from MSP micro enterprise by producing this year’s Spreading Goodwill Fashion Show,” Sperry said. “This has given the students a chance to expand their skills in a real-life environment by giving back, building community, and genuinely understanding the meaning of Spreading Goodwill.”
Tickets for Spreading Goodwill are $45 and are available at My Sisters’ Place (566 Dundas St.) or online at www.fanshawec.ca/spreadinggoodwill. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8:15 p.m.
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