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‘Ding’ Darling announces emcee, judges for Project Refuge

By Staff | Jan 22, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED NBC2 morning anchor Rachel Pierce will emcee Project Refuge.

NBC2 morning co-anchor Rachel Pierce will emcee “Project Refuge: A Couture Fashion Show Using Trash” during the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s “Twist Tie Optional Luncheon,” set for March 10 at The Sanctuary Clubhouse on Sanibel. The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge is hosting the event as part of the refuge’s 75th anniversary celebration this year.

An Emmy-nominated journalist, Pierce currently sits on the board of the Press Club of Southwest Florida. She has been working as a journalist for more than 16 years, five of those years at NBC2. Her other passion is art, which she studied in school and now also works at professionally.

The Project Refuge Committee also announced the three judges for the competition, which will showcase more than 25 designers who are creating fashions from recycled and repurposed materials that would otherwise end up in landfills or polluting land and water. The judges are Loki Anthony, Merni Libonate and Robin Tauck.

“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, water quality, and health,” DDWS Executive Director Birgie Miller said. “All profits will directly benefit the refuge’s education and water-quality research programs.”

Tickets to the luncheon and fashion show are on sale for $100 each.

For more information or tickets, visit projectrefugeding.com.

For sponsorship information, contact Dot Voorhees at 239-472-1100 ext. 239.