"AIDS Care Service (ACS) is proud to present the 6th annual Red Ribbon Runway design competition and fashion show. In this unique fundraiser, both professional and amateur designers are challenged to create a high quality, wearable garment using 100% of the materials from three plain white t-shirts provided by sponsor, Hanesbrands, Inc. Other materials used in the creation of the garment must be repurposed or recycled. The design must also inspire awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate respect for those living with the disease.
The designers and their models will be featured on the runway in a professionally produced fashion show on February 28 at 8:00pm at Wake Forest Biotech Place in Winston Salem. Local judges will select the best-of-show winner based on design integrity, ingenuity and most importantly — inspiration! Food, dancing, entertainment, a cash wine bar, and a silent auction featuring the runway garments and other great desirables will round out the evening.
Designer DeeDee Haberle has participated every year. Haberle became aware of AIDS early in the history of the epidemic. She lost two friends to AIDS-related complications and says, “Back then we hadn’t made the strides we have today. It was pretty much a death sentence. Both friends were terminal and were isolated, rejected, and misunderstood. No one should have to leave this world being misunderstood by those they love.” DeeDee is no stranger to illness. At 70 she is a five-year cancer survivor and, just prior to last year’s Red Ribbon Runway, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. But you can’t keep DeeDee down as she proudly boasts, “I can still thread a needle!” Not only did she complete her design but she immediately made plans to participate in this year’s show as well. “Each year I’ve tried to design to embody the message. One year I painted names on my garment to represent those who have been lost to this disease.”
ACS Executive Director, Jesse Duncan shares, “This event offers a genuine cause for creativity and allows the designers and models to stand proud among the attendees knowing they are making a difference for so many lives in our community.”
For more information, please visit www.aidscareservice.org or contact Diana Coe at 336-777-0116 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets, starting at $25, will be available online February 14. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
About AIDS Care Service:
The mission of AIDS Care Service is to empower and serve our brothers and sisters living with HIV/AIDS and to educate our community in the struggle against the disease. For more than 20 years, AIDS Care Service has provided services to neighbors in Forsyth and surrounding counties. AIDS Care Service is the longest continually operating AIDS service organization serving Forsyth County."
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