A group of ACU students have partnered with the Advertising/Public Relations Club to put on the annual fashion show.
“In the RED Fashion Show” will take place April 30 at the Windsor Hotel and will support the Red Thread Movement.
The Red Thread Movement began in 2009 by Brittany Partridge, junior political science major from Annandale, Minn., and Samantha Sutherland, sophomore advertising/public relations major from Brownwood, to raise awareness of sex trafficking, specifically in Nepal.
Sutherland said she is happy to see the campus and community involving themselves more with the program.
“One thing I love about the fashion show is it’s a group of students who come to us with a passion to help and raise awareness,” Sutherland said. “The fashion show team is incredibly talented and we are excited to see what they come up with.”
Tickets to “In the RED” will go on sale April 18 for $10 in the Campus Center. Each ticket comes with a Red Thread bracelet and all proceeds support the Red Thread Movement.
Sutherland said that funds would help pay for traveling expenses to Nepal as well as going to four different music festivals, including Vans Warped Tour, this summer to help raise awareness on the road.
Whitney Puckett, senior advertising/public relations major from Melbourne, Fla., is producing the fashion show and has been planning this year’s show since October.
“We hold a fashion show every year, but first we had to choose who we were going to support,” Puckett said. “We thought of the Red Threat Movement and how impressive everything they do is. But as much as they do they still need help getting the word out.”
One of the main efforts of this year’s fashion show is to expand community interest and involvement. Puckett said they were trying to get more off-campus organizations to participate and are pursuing outside media as well.
“Although you see lots of Red Thread bracelets on campus, there are not as many off it.” Puckett said. “This is the first campaign which really connects the ACU campus, Abilene, Eternal Threads and the Red Thread Movement.”
Dillards is donating all the clothing for this year’s show and is being modeled by about 35 ACU students.
Students who wish to be involved can email areyouintheRED@yahoo.com or check out their Facebook or Twitter page.