Models prepare to walk the runway at 8th annual Giving Goes Glam fundraiser

March 12, 2019 GMT

This is the time of year when the women of The Woodlands join forces to proclaim that “giving is glamorous” as they raise money to support charitable programs and services in the community.

The eighth annual Giving Goes Glam New York-style fashion show and luncheon, organized by Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands and presented by CHI St. Luke’s Health, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

“There’s something about seeing the lights on the runway, the music and seeing the models walk down the elevated runway in the middle of our Marriott. It’s amazing,” said Missy Herndon, president and CEO of Interfaith The Woodlands.

Although the models wear clothes provided by Saks Fifth Avenue, it’s not all about the fashion: the event serves as a fundraiser for both Interfaith and Junior League of The Woodlands.

“It’s a phenomenal partnership. There’s so much need in this community, and we truly need all of (the nonprofits) to meet those needs. Let’s come together and make it as strong as possible,” Herndon said.

The two organizations first teamed up years ago when both had similar ideas for an event like the fashion show.

“We bounced around ideas, and we wanted to do a fashion show, so we thought what if we joined forces and did one together? We had a committee made up of half Interfaith and half Junior League members,” Herndon said.

Now, organizers are expecting 900 attendees, which is more than double the turnout of the first event years ago. The organizations split the proceeds in half, with Interfaith using the funds raised for their crisis assistance center and food pantry.

Emily Wilcox, who is chairing the event for Junior League, said the event is a well-oiled machine.

“We’re two well-known organizations within The Woodlands, and we bring different aspects to the same community. This brings us all together to do something fun and give back to others,” Wilcox said.

Junior League officials are planning to use the proceeds from the fundraiser to support their community programs for women, children and families living in poverty or who are also affected by abuse and neglect. The funds will also go toward health, nutrition, education and literacy programs.

In addition to the ticket price to attend, money is to be raised from silent auction and raffle items, sponsorships and a special after-party.

Although professional models are brought in to show off the fashion at the luncheon, three women from each organization are chosen to walk the runway first as community models.

Bobbi Jo Miller, a sustaining member of Junior League, was chosen to take the runway for the first time. She said that though it’s a day of fashion, it’s also so much more than that.

“I’m definitely nervous, but it’s a great opportunity. I’m a firm believer in the motto of together we can achieve more. When we combine, the impact is double. It’s a great way for us to partner to showcase everything that we do,” Miller said.

Debbie Sukin, the CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands hospital, will walk the runway as an Interfaith model. She previously served on the organization’s board for more than seven years.

“I’m honored to have been asked to serve have the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the community. I’m absolutely willing to help and I’m game for anything,” Sukin said.