VintageNOW Fashion Show raises more than $157K for Safe House of Southeast Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – More than 2,100 people packed into the Show-Me Center for the 13th Annual VintageNOW Fashion Show Saturday night. The fundraiser raised more than $157,000 in net proceeds for the Safe House of Southeast Missouri. 

The agency provides safe shelter and support services to adults and children who have experienced domestic violence. 

“Every year, we know that there are people in the audience who need our services and maybe are hearing about what we do for the first time,” Safe House Executive Director Jessica Hill said. “It’s really encouraging to help spread the word about what have available to help people who have experienced domestic violence and encourage them that they’re not alone and that they can reach out for help any time.” 

Hill said the proof comes in the days and weeks after the show. 

“Every year after the show, we have calls to our hotline from people who tell us either they were at the show, or they had a friend or a family member who was here, and it gave them the courage to speak up and to say, you know, ‘Maybe it’s time to make a change,’” she said. “So we know that’s really happening and makes a big impact.” 

The models at VintageNOW certainly made an impact while on the runway. They showed off styles reflecting the elements of earth, air, fire, and water. 

Remember that crowd of more than 2100 people? They made an impact, as well. 

“They scream and yell, so the adrenaline goes even more,” model Frankie Howard said. “It’s the audience that gets you going.” 

And the camaraderie amongst the models makes a difference, too. 

“There are women from different walks of life, and you don’t even know them, but you feel like they’re your sisters, your friends, somebody you’ve known for a long time,” Howard said. “Some of them you’ve done shows with prior, too, so you kind of build that bond and relationship with them, and it’s just really awesome.” 

Next year’s VintageNOW is scheduled for October 14.

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