As I reflect on this year, I am amazed to think through all the lives touched by our fashion community. Whether you donated items, your time, money or all of these it made a difference to someone in our city.
The Kansas City Fashion Council kickoff party where we hoped to collect a few yards of fabric. The total was over 100 yards of fabric that was donated to an elementary school. Those students now have so many choices in creating their next art project!
All of us remember Ellie, the local girl battling cancer that was being bullied online. She was invited to a MODA Shoot and became our cover model. We watched her walk a runway like a pro and I can't help but think everyone involved will take some wonderful memories with them from the experience.
The Spring weather brought an outpouring of clothing donations for the tornado victims in our city and a check was given to the local Community Services League on behalf of our fashion community. The Council partnered with Oak Park Mall to help judge some truly talented designers during the Make It Yours Design Challenge over the summer. The silent auction that took place during Kansas City Fashion Week raised $4,000 that is being used to create scholarships for apparel design students at Johnson County Community College.
The holidays brought with it the Angels Fund that paid the layaway balances of 12 local families. None of these happened without the support of hundreds of people in our community who believed in each project and gave to help others. My hope for the New Year is that all of us take a moment to see how a little bit of kindness can make a larger difference.
Happy New Year!