By Noah Alatza
Fishers High School will play host to the eighth annual Runway for Riley fashion show fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children.
The event is at 7 p.m. March 21 at FHS, 13000 Promise Rd. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Co-coordinator Trisha Zastrow said more than 20 vendors will be represented in the fashion show. Guests can shop for clothing, jewelry and other items ahead of the main show and during intermission.
“We typically have approximately 100 models who are students at Fishers High School, and last year we had about 25 to 30 boys,” Zastrow said.
The models are high school students and current or former Riley patients, called Miracle Models. All clothing featured in the show is donated by local vendors and boutiques.
Zastrow said Louie’s Tux Shop is the primary vendor for boys.
“Hopefully, it’s the same this year, but casual wear is part of the show, and after intermission we change to semi wear and formal wear, so each model walks down two times,” Zastrow said. “The way we raise money for this is when models sign up for fashion show they pay $50.”
Vendors also are charged $50 for a booth. A red bucket is passed around for additional donations.
Zastrow said all proceeds are stewarded by FHS’s Dance Marathon, which also is a Riley fundraiser.
“We give (proceeds) to Dance Marathon and they total that in with the big (Dance Marathon) donation amount,” Zastrow said.
Last year’s fashion show raised $7,700 for Riley.
“These kids get so excited about raising money and it’s so fun to watch them be more personable from the year before,” she said. “Also, the Miracle Models, it is just precious to see them glow the night of the fashion show. You can tell they look forward to this special night for them.”