Pizzazz International Modeling & Acting is both giving and accepting donations of clothing at its 33rd annual fashion showcase on Wednesday, June 27, at Pacific Inn hotel in South Surrey.
Each of the more than 30 models will give away clothing they haven't recently worn to the Sources Community Resource Centres Women's Place.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own clean, unwanted clothing on hangers for donation.
"Part of what we teach our girls is to clean their closets," said Dale Harding, owner and founder of Pizzazz International.
Victoria Clements is one of the lead organizers of the event.
"Anything they haven't worn in the last year, they need to give away to a local charity," she said.
Clements recently joined Pizzazz International and brought more than 35 years of experience in modelling and production to the agency. She decided to add a charitable element to the gala and got in touch with Sources, which helps up to 24,000 women per year.
The Sources Women's Place offers a clothing exchange that gives away close to 400 large bags of clothing monthly - everything from business wear to maternity clothing to casual attire.
"It's probably one of our most frequented resources," said Denise Darrell, Sources director of women, seniors and community services.
Darrell doesn't know how much clothing to expect, but she's anxious to find out.
"We have no idea until the end of the night," she said.
"We'll handle it, that's for sure."
Four hand-picked, donated coats and purses will be modelled in a live auction before 200 to 250 guests. The money raised through bidding will go to Soroptimist International of White Rock's ReSTART program, which gives kits of household items worth $300 to women in need.
"They're for women (who) have fled abusive situations and are in transition in a shelter," said Darrell, also the vice-president of Soroptimist International of White Rock.
"Anything will help, but if we could raise $3,000, we would be thrilled."
The reception starts at 6: 30 p.m. with cocktails, a live auction and entertainment.
The models take the runway at 8 p.m. and the awards ceremony begins at 9: 30 p.m. Awards include best TV commercial, most photogenic and best runway.
Tickets are $25 and can be bought at the door or at pizzazzmodelingagency.com.
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