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Upcycle fashion show application deadline nearing

By Staff | Sep 25, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED MaryBeth Greenplate and her mother, Carol Strange, are creating a rain ensemble with recycled plastic cards and other materials.

Oct. 1 marks the deadline to submit an application as a designer for the “Project Refuge: A Couture Fashion Show Using Trash” – a “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge fundraiser for the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and part of its 75th anniversary celebration.

DDWS is accepting up to 25 applications for fashion designs made from recycled and repurposed materials to be modeled on the runway on March 10 at the show and Twist Tie Optional Luncheon that will take place at The Sanctuary Clubhouse on Sanibel.

Eco-minded designers can visit projectrefugeding.com for more information and to print an application form. A $50 deposit entry fee is due upon acceptance of the application and will be refunded upon completed participation in the fashion show.

Tickets to attend the event will go on sale online starting Nov. 1 for $100 each.

“We are excited to debut this fun and creative event to celebrate the refuge’s 75th anniversary and raise awareness about recycling and the threat of trash to our wildlife,” DDWS Executive Director Birgie Miller said. “All profits will directly benefit the refuge’s education and water-quality research programs.”

DDWS is tying the event in with free presentations by international upcycle designer Nancy Judd of RecycleRunway.com on March 13 as part of the refuge’s Friday Lecture Series. Following the March fashion show, Judd will meet with designers, models, volunteers and sponsors at a special post-party.

“In addition to designer applications, we are seeking volunteers for the event,” Project Refuge Co-chairs Toni Ory and Kimberly Powers said. “Sponsorships are key to raising support from the event, and this high publicized show will be a real win-win for both the refuge and the sponsors.”

For more information about sponsorships or volunteering, call Dot Voorhees at 239-472-1100 ext. 239.