NWA Fashion Week Strutting for Charity

"It all began under the idea that it was going to be fashion for philanthropy," Dylan Ralston on the Board of Directors for NWA Fashion Week said.

NWA Fashion Week is walking the walk, not just down the runway but in the community.

"We couldn't do what we do without the community and without events like NWA Fashion Week," Greg Russell, Director of Marketing for the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter said.

Seven charities received about 6,000 dollars at last years event.

"And this year we have 10. So we're hoping to do better than we did last year and benefit a few more non-profits that we think make a huge difference in the local community," Ralston said. 

Like Spay Arkansas. In 2 years they've spayed and neutered almost  10,000 cats and dogs for lower income families.

"I think it's having an impact on shelter intake and it's definitely having an impact on our clients lives," Founder of Spay Arkansas Marcia Donley said.

For Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter,  where 80 percent of their budget comes from donations,  the fashion week funds go a long way.

"I think we can feed a child three meals a day for a dollar and 42 cents per meal so 6 ,000 dollars would feed a number of our kids for quite a bit of time," Russell said.

Since the funds come from ticket sales it lets locals show their true colors too.

"What's great is, it's each and every person who comes and attends the event is the one who's giving back," Ralston said. 

"We're so fortunate to be in a community like Northwest Arkansas that decided that instead of just doing this as something as a feather in the cap of Northwest Arkansas community, to do it as something that would benefit the non-profits that are doing worthwhile work here," Russell said.

Giving all Northwest Arkansans something to strut about.

For more information on other fashion week charities visit their website HERE.

Visit HERE for more information on Spay Arkansas and HERE for Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter.

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