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Models encouraged to 'Walk Strong' at fashion show to benefit women's shelter

Models encouraged to 'Walk Strong' at fashion show to benefit women's shelter

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Walk Strong: That's the inspiration models at this year's Vintage Now Fashion Show will channel as they strut their stuff on the runway.

The show began six years ago as the brainchild of Deb Maevers, owner of Pastimes Antiques in Cape Girardeau.

The first show back in 2009 was in the upper level of what was then Buckner Brewing Co.

"We had about 300 people attend that year," said Deb Maevers, Director of the Vintage Now Fashion Show.

The show benefits the Safe House for Women in Cape Girardeau.

Every year the Safe House takes in 200 women and children who need shelter.

In addition, the Safe House Executive Director, Jessica Hill, says the Safe House helps 300 non-residential clients through the Safe House outreach office.

"Before Vintage Now, a lot of people didn't know about the Safe House and now there's the opportunity to contact so many people with our message of ending domestic violence," said Jessica Hill. "We have dramatically seen the number of hotline calls increase, and our number of volunteers has increased too."

The show has grown by leaps and bounds over the years.

In 2014, Vintage Now 5 at the Osage Centre brought out about 1,000 people.

"Hopefully this year we'll knock it out of the park," said Maevers.

She says since 2009, they have been able to raise about $200,000 for the Safe House.

"We've had such great community support, it gets me so emotional," said Maevers.

Every year the show has a theme.

This year it's all about the 1970's.

"We've worked so hard and we want everyone to feel like it's 1975, and they've just walked in the doors of Studio 54 in New York City," said Maevers.

They have 80 looks prepared for the runway.

Those include two segments of fashion in which the audience will see a day look, and a night look.

"We have 80 looks and we are hoping to raise $80,000", said Jessica Hill.

$80,000 is a huge amount, but organizers truly believe they can reach that goal.

It's a tremendous amount of money, considering their humble beginnings.

The show will feature a new segment this year where the first male model will walk the runway.

13 male community leaders are raising money to be the first man to model. 

They have been raising the money ahead of time, and will continue to collect money the night of the show.

"We are excited to see so many men stepping up saying mistreatment of women is never alright," said Jessica Hill.

There are about 100 volunteers who help make the show happen.

In addition, they have businesses and members of the community who donate items that help make the show an even bigger success.

This year, hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Isle of Capri Casino, and drinks will be provided by The Library.

The 6th Annual Vintage Now Fashion Show will be held Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and showtime is at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, and $40 for runway seats.

Tickets can be purchased until noon Friday, October 23, 2015 at Pastimes Antiques, or at the Safe House Thrift Store.

They can also be purchased at www.vintagenowfashionshow.com, or at the door the night of the event.

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